Alanya - an introduction
Turkey’s land mass covers some 780,000 km2 with numerous resort towns and cities along its Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Sea coastlines. One of the most stunning and vibrant of these resorts – one with an incredible wealth of history and a timeless draw to millions of people annually – is Alanya, affectionately referred to by many as the ‘Pearl of the Turkish Riviera’.
Alanya’s beaches are some of the best to be found in all of Turkey, lapped by the clear and warm waters of the Mediterranean, with the magnificent Taurus mountains providing a dramatic backdrop.
By today’s standards it is a contemporary resort city with all the modern amenities and facilities that one would expect to find in any of its European counterparts: – supermarkets, shopping centres, healthcare facilities, sports facilities, restaurants, bars, night clubs and much more. As a modern tourist resort, Alanya boasts the highest bed capacity in all of the Mediterranean and hosted around 3.5 million tourist visitors last year. There are excellent options for accommodation, from luxury all inclusive resorts to small, charming boarding houses.
The resort of Alanya seems to have it all: it is affordable and easily accessible; it is open all year round, it has a stunning location, fabulous natural landscape and is rich in sites of cultural and historical significance. All of this, combined with blue flag beaches, great shopping, fine dining, a perfect climate and friendly, welcoming locals, means that Alanya is a resort that ticks all the boxes for so many people – it is no wonder that so many of them decide to make a second or permanent home here.
Wherever you are in Alanya, the beach and the sea will always be close by and there are an abundance of sporting activities on offer, including swimming, scuba diving, beach soccer, beach volleyball, parasailing, jet-skiing and waterskiing. Alanya plays host to a number of annual sporting competitions, including triathlon and cycle races, providing a spectacle for both the participants and those watching.
Alanya has a typical hot summer Mediterranean climate. Located at the Mediterranean Basin, the sub-tropical high pressure zones means that most of the rainfall occurs during the short winter season, with the summers being long, hot, and dry; this has prompted the Alanya Board of Tourism to adopt the slogan “Alanya – Where the Sun Smiles”. Storm cells sometimes bring with them fair weather waterspouts which are easily visible when these cells are close to the shore. The presence of the Taurus Mountain in close proximity to the sea sometimes causes fog, in turn creating visible rainbows many mornings.
The height of the mountains also impact upon the climate – the city is sheltered from the cool northerly winds meaning that the ambient sea temperate is maintained, making it suitable for swimming for most of the year; furthermore, the height of the mountains creates an interesting effect as snow can be seen on them even on hot days in the city below. The sea has an average temperature of 21.4C (71F) annually, with a high of 29C (82F) during the hottest months.
Given the pervading weather conditions and the extremely fertile land, Alanya is an important agricultural region and a large and diverse range of vegetables and fruits are cultivated all year round.
Cleopatra beach stretches for 2 km out to the west of the city centre. According to legend, the name originates from 37 BC when the Roman emperor Marc Anthony gifted parts of the city in order to express his love for the Egyptian queen. The equally beautiful Keykubat beach stretches out to the east and the shallow waters make it a perfect site for bathing. Both beaches are ideally suited for sun-worshippers and deck chairs and parasols are available for hire. Numerous cafes and beach bars are located on both beaches and a wide range of water sports are available for both beginners and experts.
The wider world is finally realising that Alanya has so much stacked in its favour as a most desirable place to holiday, live or retire – with its fabulous climate, stunning natural beauty, low cost of living, a superb choice of residential property and its friendly and welcomingly population, it is no surprise to find that more than 40.000 foreigners have chosen to buy a home here. Alanya is now a truly multi-national resort town, with a foreign ownership contingent that originates from 81 countries, many of whom are choosing to live here all year round.
Why choose Alanya?
The official population of Alanya is around 300. 000 inhabitants, but this swells to a constant of around 500 .000 during the summer months when we see the biggest influx of tourists.
A large, modern resort, Alanya has something for everyone including numerous restaurants, boutiques, shops, bars, sporting activities and healthcare facilities. As one of the most important regions for Turkish tourism, there has been large scale investment in tourism based infrastructure – much of this investment is focused on public areas, meaning lots of tastefully landscaped public parks, relaxation areas and tree lined promenades.
- Low property prices and running costs.
- Superb, healthy climate with more than 300 days of sunshine every year.
- Beautiful natural landscape, friendly welcome, superb cuisine.
- A multi-cultural and multi-national society.
- Wide range of activities.
- Modern healthcare facilities.
- Easy access from most international destinations.
- A booming economy and a bright future ahead.
- Turkey is predicted to have the fastest growing economy amongst OECD
- The period 2017-2021, with an average annual GDP growth of 3.3%.
Cleopatra Beach and East Beach are the two most popular beaches in Alanya, with these being separated by a 300 metre high promontory thats juts out into the sea. The old city wall – almost 800 years old – runs for around 6.5 km from the top to the bottom of this. It is from the top that the best far-reaching views of Alanya can be enjoyed and the walk down will allow you to take in some of the local shops selling handicrafts or maybe stop off for a cold beer in one of a number of restaurants (each of them continuing the theme of stunning views).
The rental market in Alanya
Rental yields in Alanya are amongst the highest in all of Turkey, second only perhaps to those in Istanbul. Because Alanya is a year round resort, rental demand is evident throughout the year. During the long summer season, the resort is packed with overseas visitors, many of whom (as mentioned previously) are looking for private high end accommodation for short term holiday lets, preferably centrally located and with excellent 5 star facilities.
In addition, there is constant demand during the cooler, winter months, primarily from those looking for medium term lets (of up to 4 months duration) in order to escape the cold, dreary winters of their native countries.
Then, of course, there is the corporate market to consider; if, as expected, tourism numbers continue to increase, then it follows that the number of tour operator representatives will increase, all of whom will require quality rental accommodation for the duration of the season (many of these representatives spend up to 9 months a year in the resort).
Elite Group have a dedicated rental management department with a large portfolio of property for rent – these properties are let to both private and corporate clients; our corporate clients are some of the largest tour companies operating in the Alanya region, including TUI, Neckermann, Detur and Tez Tour.