Alanya, Turkey Alanya Festivals Mini Guide by Fatima Yilmaz

Alanya is not only a great beachside resort, it also hosts a number of festivals year round. Combine your next beach holiday with one of these cinematic, cultural or sporting events.

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Alanya International Culture and Art Festival has been organised every year since 2001. The last Saturday and Sunday of the month of May the town celebrates the area’s culture, but also one of its sister cities from around Europe to contribute too.

Alanya International Culture and Art Festival

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From at the end of May or beginning of June at Alanya Harbour, the Tourism and Arts Festival marks the beginning of the tourism season. There is a three-day event full of concerts, dance performances, presentations and arts and handcraft exhibitions.

Tourism and Arts Festival

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The Alanya Documentary Festival

 
Alanya Chamber of Commerce and Industry has hosted the Alanya Documentary Festival since 2001. The festival is organised by the Alanya Cinémathèque Society and the Association of Documentary Filmmakers in Turkey.

The Alanya Documentary Festival

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Portakal Festival

 
Every June in the neighborhood of Oba, there's the Portakal Festival, or Orange Festival. Food, drinks, local crafts and fireworks to top it off!

Portakal Festival

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The Kızıl Kule is a historical tower and home to the municipal ethnographic museum as well as the location of the city's Jazz Days. The festival has been held since 2002 hosting Turkish and international jazz musicians in a series of five free concerts.

Alanya Jazz Days

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International Alanya Mountainbike Competition

 
Held normally on the second Sunday in October, this 7 mile long trail starts at the city's castle.

International Alanya Mountainbike Competition

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Alanya Otogari, the town municipality, hosts the International Alanya Stone Sculpture Symposium every November.

The International Alanya Stone Sculpture Symposium

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Poet Atatürk's visit to Alanya is celebrated on its anniversary each February 18. Celebrations are centered around Atatürk's House and Museum.

Atatürk's House Museum

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International Alanya Swimming Marathon

 
Starting at Cleopatra Beach swim 5 km around the peninsula. The marathon happens right before the triathalon and registration takes places at the Alanya Triathlon and Tennis Club.

International Alanya Swimming Marathon

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Alanya Triatlon

 
Take part in the triathalon and then relax on the beach as a reward. 1.5 km swimming, 40km cycling and a 10 km marathon.

Alanya Triatlon

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