For more details please select from the list below
- How to check dates and book the apartment
- Where to fly to?
- Arriving at the airport
- Coach Transfers
- Driving to the apartment
- Arriving at Olive City
- Sports Club
- Olive City Shop
- Kipa Supermarket (it's Tesco really!)
- Places to Eat and drink
- Travelling around
- Alanya Beaches
- Alanya Museum
- Check our booking planner for available dates and choose your dates. Click here
- Send us an email stating what date you will be arriving and leaving and your estimated time of arrival.
- We will check if there is a provisional booking on those dates and confirm back to you.
- When we confirm the availability we will reserve the dates for 3 days while you book your flights. (That way when you have booked your flights you are guaranteed your apartment and if flights are booked up you haven't committed yourself).
- Once your flight is confirmed please confirm to us and we can take payment over the phone via credit or debit card or you can send a cheque or postal order.
We take a £200 refundable breakages deposit that is returned to you three days after your return . We don’t charge for minor breakages but obviously if you are responsible for any damage to the apartment we will have to charge it from the deposit money.
- Thomas Cook
Arriving at the airport.
All visitors require a visa and you will need a £10 note for each person travelling (or £20 note for two persons) you get the visa before going through passport control. Strangely they don't accept Turkish Lira but we think they accept Euro. This is very straightforward.
(If you have booked a hire car you collect it just outside the airport main entrance (some car hire do and some are waiting for you outside of the terminal) then you can easily drive back into arrivals, park and get something to eat before driving to Alanya.)
It takes approximately 1.5 hours to get to Alanya, it is 123 kilometres (about 75 miles). It is all dual carriageway except the last mile to Olive City.
Thomas Cook provide coach transfers and you can arrange this when you book your flight at around £20 per person return. A taxi will cost around £60 one way. There are also many web based transfers that you can book like aytalanyatransfer.com and there are bus services from the airport.
Driving to the apartment
REMEMBER TO DRIVE ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE
As you drive out of the airport follow the signs for the D400 to Alanya. It is one straight road all the way. You don't turn until you get into Alanya.
You will come to a set of traffic lights by a Hyundai/Ford dealership/Shell garage/Kipa (Tesco) superstore.
Turn left and drive up the hill for about a mile. You will see a sign on the right hand side for Olive City, don't take that one, take the entrance 200 metres further on. As you turn right you will almost immediately come to the main gate, collect the apartment key from the staff there.
Our apartment is 341/1 block 8 apartment 2.
If you have a hire car you can park it directly outside.
There are a set of steps at the front of the building or a ramp for disabled/pushchair access or wheeled cases. If the building front door is locked use the intercom.
Once through the door, bear left at the back of the reception area and apartment number 2 is at the end of the short hallway.
The larger key opens the lock. You may have to turn the key a couple of revolutions before it gets to the opening stage. The mechanism is naturally a little stiff but not difficult.
- Swimming pools with large sundecks, sunbeds and umbrellas.
- Panoramic restaurant and cafe with room service.
- Kids Club including gaming consoles, playground, board games, cinema room and kids swimming pool with water slides.
- Tennis courts and mini football field.
- Bowling alley.
- Fitness Center.
- Grocery store.
- Spa area with hamam, steam room and Finnish sauna.
- Indoor pool with jacuzzi
- Pool Bar
- Sports Club
- Outdoor barbeque hut
- 24h security
- Hair Salon
- UEFA standard football field
- Training field
- Tennis courts
- Basketball court
- Beach volley courts
- Cycling and jogging trails
- Semi-olympic swimming pool
(currently under construction and is due to be finished early summer 2012)
Kipa Supermarket (it's Tesco really!)
There are lots of small shops all over Alanya but the best place to shop is Kipa to stock up the fridge if that's what you want to do. It is located at the bottom of the hill, (you passed it as you turned left off the D400 up to Olive City).
There are lots of foodstuffs that are the same as the UK. You can get good tea, coffee, bread, milk (Sut in Turkish), eggs, butter, jam, cereal, crisps, fish, meat, fruit, vegetables and salad. Soft drinks and water are in abundance and Efes beer is really nice and is priced similar to UK supermarkets. Only had Turkish wine at Olive City restaurant but we really like it.
Places to Eat and drink
There are many many places to eat in and around Alanya.
Olive City cafe and restaurant is very good and one of the best priced places to eat and drink, a little cheaper than in town. Pretty much everything is good on the menu. I recommend the plank steak, in fact 5 x 500ml Efes beers, a salmon steak and a plank steak worked out at exactly £30 so very good value and very nice!
In Alanya town and the harbour there are loads of bars and restaurants and I've never seen a stag or hen party or any groups of rowdy people getting drunk so a refreshing change from many resorts around Europe.
Food and drinks are a little bit more expensive in town but not much more.
The marina is a 15 minute drive from Olive City and is a very nice venue for a night out with great food, drink and on Friday and Saturday nights live music or a disco.
If you like the occasional fast food treat then there are three Burger Kings and two McDonalds in Alanya town centre. There is also a chinese restaurant that offers takeaway.
Olive City resort has a shuttle service to beach No 6 which is Olive City's private beach. It leaves Olive City at 10:10am and returns at 5pm. There are two beach bags in the top of the unit in the hallway, please use them if you want to.
The local bus service passes Olive City every 15 minutes and costs about 1.5 TL (about 60p). It will take you to the centre station in the town which is in the heart of pretty much everything.
A taxi will cost about £6 each way into town. There are a couple of taxi business cards in the unit draw in the hall. You can always use the taxi button next to Olive City restaurant or the one by the main gate. They are great and all over Turkey. Just press the button and literally a few minutes later there will be a taxi there for you. We've never had a problem easily getting a taxi back from town or the harbour.
Cleopatra Beach, the most popular beach in the Alanya area lies on the west side of the town centre. It's standardized as a Blue Flag Beach by Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), with two kilometres of fine sand and crystal clear water. Facilities include showers, restrooms, and many beach bars serving beverages and fast food. Also many restaurants are located right next to the beach especially in the eastern part. One of the main roads of Alanya, Atatürk Bulevard, goes alongside the beach so it's easily accessible by car or bus. You can hire umbrellas and sun beds on Cleopatra Beach.
When Cleapatra Beach sits on the west side of the town, in east stretches the three kilometer long Keykubat Beach. It's also Blue Flag standardized, a full amenity beach, situated 10-15 minute walking distance (1500 meters) from Olive City. Starting from the marina and ending to the Oba Creek, it has crowded parts with beach beds and bars, but also offers quieter spots for more peace-loving vacationers. Yet situated in town and close to everything, Keykubat Beach offers a good option for spending a day in sunshine. Water is commonly calmer here than on Cleopatra beach, which is often appreciated among families with small children. Water-sports are available and you can hire umbrellas and sun beds on Keykubat Beach.
Incekum Beach is approximately 1 km in length and famous for it's very fine sand. It's best accessible by taxi or by bus since it's located a few kilometres out of town. You can hire umbrellas and sun beds on Incekum Beach.
The museum has two sections where archaeological and ethnographical arts are exhibited and it was opened for visitors in 1967. The inscription dating from 625 B.C. discovered around Alanya with writing in the Phoenician language is one of the oldest artefacts and is exhibited here. They also exhibite carvings from Roman, Byzantine and Islmic Times in the yard of the museum.
Open Time : 09.00 - 18.00 Every day except Monday. Monday closed.