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Finds in the nearby Karain Cave indicate occupation during the Paleolithic era as far back as 20,000 BC, and archeological evidence shows a port existed at Syedra, south of the modern city, during the Bronze Age around 3,000 BC.
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Alaiye is the medieval Seljuq name for Alanya. A derivative of the Sultan Alaeddin Kayqubad I’s name. In the 13th and 14th centuries, Italian traders called the city Candelore or Cardelloro.
Morning Departure for Alanya. Upon arrival we start our tour with a visit to the 13th century Seljuk fortress – one of the most magnificent sights on the coast which crowns the headland. We shall admire about 150 towers of the double-walled citadel. Within the outer walls we shall see the ruins of mosques, a caravanserai and a covered bazaar; in the inner walls are a ruined cistern and a Byzantine church. Besides the impressive citadel we explore the unique Seljuk dockyards, ‘tersane’ and the octagonal Kizil Kule ‘Red Tower’. After lunch, at a waterfront restaurant we visit the Archaeology Museum where a range of archaeological and ethnographical arts are exhibited, and then stop by the Atatürk House Museum. Then we visit the nearby Damlatas Cave ‘Dripping-Stone Cave’ noted for its 95% humidity. Return to Antalya (L)