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Contents / Turkey's orange blossom coast Alanya
Its character shaped by tourism, Alanya is a warm Mediterranean town with year-round appeal for its colorful festivals and ever-changing face.
Not so long ago, just fifty years to be exact, Alanya was a small fishing town surrounded by orange groves and banana plantations. Today it is a giant resort whose character has been shaped by tourism. This township, which hosts over a million tourists a year, has recently become the most serious contender for tourism among Turkey's southern resorts such as Bodrum, Çeşme and Antalya. Only 135 km east of the latter, it stretches along a 70-km coastline nestled against the Taurus range. But Alanya today is done with construction and determined to do some cosmetic restoration. In the first step, the forested areas that make up 65% of the region have been taken under state protection and all the buildings painted in pastel colors. The second step will be to turn Alanya into a lively year-round festival town. The October schedule of this city, where some twenty festivals, competitions and seminars are to be held annually, is already chock full.
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