Bars and Nightlife Fun Fun Fun
Looking for a wild night out or just a quiet drink enjoying the view? There are many choices so check here.
Couldnt resist the temptation
The first time I visited Alanya was in June 2003. Since I was on holiday with my family I hadn't planned to go out in the evening. However, when we saw the discos and the nightlife, my sister and I couldnt resist the temptation.
When we came down to the harbour, where almost all the discos and bars are situated, it was overwhelming. There is a whole street filled with just bars and discos.
The atmosphere was absolutely fabulous and music came from every direction. The whole street was taken over by happy people in festive mood. I was really overwhelmed and soon we were caught up in this atmosphere and couldnt avoid wanting to party.
As all the discos are very tempting, choosing is very hard. Entrance is free and you dont have to show any ID. It is therefore quite easy to move from disco to disco. The price of imported drinks is similar to home while local beverages are cheaper.
All the discos close at 3 oclock. After that there is a free bus service to an even larger disco outside the town. I have never seen such a big disco before. There is marble everywhere and there is also a swimming pool. Everything is outdoors except the dance floor which has been built with columns around it, giving the impression of a Greek temple. It was a totally wild experience.
As we were very impressed by Turkey and the hospitality, we decided to go to Alanya again in the spring break. Because our previous experience had been such a success, my sister and I went out again. There were not as many people as in the summer but definitely we had just as much fun.
So this summer we have decided to go to Alanya again and definitely we will be going out.
The Dance Frees the Woman Body: Belly Dance
There was dance at the beginning. Mankind was communicating with body language before speaking. Movements increased and after compound movements came out; in time these movements turn into dance. Primitive human preferred to show emotions arising from his fight to nature by dancing. Humans told happiness, sadness, anger, passion, love, war, peace and competition with dance.
While they are expressing their lives with dance, natural events and the story of humans journey in earth took an important place in dance language. Humans used their bellies, hips and waists to symbolize the natural events with their bodies. They invented shaking their body to imitate an earthquake; tossing their hips suddenly to tell a storm and waving their body to show a twister. The fist seeds of the belly dance were planted like this hundreds of years ago.
The belly dance appeared in the Arabian Peninsula about 2000 B.C to tell the story of humankind in earth. Women give birth to humans so women were to tell this story to the world. Pains of pregnancy and bodies contracting and trembling during birth formed in dance language. Invasion and immigration during history helped belly dance to spread all over the world. Anatolia met belly dance during Seljuk period. Anatolia created a new way of belly dance with Arabian culture as it already has got similar dance figures.
Anatolia bring belly dance together with its own traditional dances and gave it an important place in main dancing trends. That is why belly dance is from inside of us, it is truly ours.
The nightlife has something for everyone
Nights in Alanya are for partying and having fun until the early hours of morning.
Everything from large international discotheques to smaller bars can be found here and also less eye-catching places where the local crowd is found.
Because of its size and intensity there is something for everyone so whatever you like, rock, pop, disco, techno, salsa or Turkish music, there is a place for you here.
Almost all nightlife is concentrated around the harbour area with the large discotheques facing the water and the smaller bars behind.
During high season even Sundays and Mondays are considered party nights. For a tourist a good night out starts with a visit to one of the many restaurants in the bazaar area and then continues at a bar from around 11pm.
The parties at the discotheques are best after midnight and continue until closing time.
At 3am music at the harbour has to stop but it is possible to continue even later at the discotheques away from the centre.
The choice of drinks is as large as at home and maybe even better. As a general rule imported beverages are more expensive than local ones,especially when it comes to alcohol where the difference in price can be more apparant.
Taste does of course vary from person to person but often the cheap local stuff tastes just as good as the more expensive imported brands.