This section of Dream Alanya web site is dedicated to the people living in a beautiful Alanya. We want to share our personal experience with you, tell of our emotions, and the feelings. Alanya became an entire world for us. As it is known, the city instantly becomes the world as soon as a person meets the people who feel like-minded. The people of Alanya are the ones who made us feel all these positive and strong emotions. They are the people we fell in love with! Alanya is a city where multitudes of nationalities live in a peace of voices and the different cultures. The city, which became the capital of a Turkish Riviera, is a beautiful place with the magic landscapes, warm sea, and the gentle sun. Yet, do you know why Alanya became so special? It is all because of the people that live in Alanya that have helped it to become a true tourist diamond of The Mediterranean!
Telling about the population of Alanya, we are telling of a wealthy and multi-sided culture of Turkey, which has shaped many thousands years ago with traditions of the Anatolia, Mediterranean, Middle East, Caucasis, Eastern Europe, Middle Asia, and the antique world. All of this magic has flown together by carrying all the unique elements from the depth of the centuries, which have organically combined with the modern life of the country. The modern Alanya is believed to be one of the most tolerant and latitudinarian cities in Turkey, within which the different nations and religions eixist in peace and happiness. Khaldun Taner, a Turkish writer has once written: "What do we represent as the Turks? An odd mean between the fez and a hat. The knot, the concentration of contradictions between Eastern mysticism and the Western rationalism, is part of the one and the other." Turkey has always been a crossroads of civilizations. It is exactly the reason why the customs of the Turks and the norms of their behaviour reflect the traditions of both Eastern and the Western cultures.
Once a person visits Alanya, the first thing that catches the eye is the multi-ethnicity of the city, which seems to be very solid and organic with its unique style of relations, a very dense environment, which is both traditional and conservative at the same time. The residents of Alanya do not allow to destroy the national traditions of Turkey. Even the ethnic composition of the population in Alanya has never been officially revealed - the overwhelming majority of the local residents consider themselves as the Turks and only then as the representatives of one or another ethnic group. Yet, no matter how intricate the customs in Turkey may be, the most interesting is the people themselves. The city has many faces: you can find the burning brunettes alike to the Africans, blue-eyed blondes, the bright red-haired people, Armenoids, and the Caucasians. The appearance of the townspeople has reflected all the features of their origin and the culture as if in a mirror!
It is important to remember that even though Alanya carries the experience of history that dates back thousands years ago, it is still a new, young city with a constantly growing and forming environment, which is just like a beautiful child growing up. The people in ALanya is like a reflection of the youth, dream, and a constant soul-seeking. Yet, along with all of that, we face a unique phenomenon when the urbanization does not carry any destruction of traditions even though it makes the social environment more open and tolerant to the different values and the behavioral forms. The people in Alanya try to preserve the ethnic and religious self-sufficiency, conservatism, adherence to the national traditions, and the values. Alanya is a young city, which shapes itself literally in front of our eyes. The main increase in the population began in the fities of the twentieth century. The city grew, incorporating the former peasants, the residents of the small cities, a wide variety of migrants, citizens of the various countries of the world. Alanya is a true international center, which is being formed organically and in a natural way. Despite the small size of the city and the number of the residents, the city creates an impression of a national city-state!
The population of Alanya is distinguished by the courtesy and honesty. Once you appear in a difficult situation, the people will happily help you out. The traditional forms of relationships between people take their origins in Islam. The religious forms of greeting and portrayal of underlined politeness still play a big role in the city. The courtesy and honesty is what makes the people of Alanya stand out in a good way! The citizens are law-abiding, the police in the city is well-known for its strictness and justice. In a case of any difficult situation, you can always rely on help of the locals.
The people of Alanya show true respect and they are responsive when they have to talk to foreigners. The national character dictates slowness and some kind of peacefulness in the way of life. Talking to the local people, one should not show any fuss or impatience. Any conversation that you may have has to be started with several general phrases where you show interest and respect. An etique plays a very important role in Alanya. The people of Alanya show great respect to the people who care for their national and religious traditions. Even the few phrases spoken in Turkish will often open any doors in front of foreigners.
The character of any resident of Alanya, just like a character of any Turk, is really many-sided and contradictory! At times, the extreme national pride combines with an acute inferiority complex. Turks constantly criticize themselves. In the character of the townspeople one can clearly see the traces of both the East, and the West, the Asia, and the Europe. Nevertheless, the basic human values still remain an indisputable constant. If a Turk becomes an enemy, then it is an enemy. Yet, if he is a friend, then it is without hesitation and reservations. The Turks will not change their attitude to you for several times a day. His or her view on friendship is not only emotionally coloured, which is natural, but also without any recognition of objective criteria. The pride can at times turn to the arrogance. Talking to the locals, one can note that the Turks really appreciate and understand good humour and their satire and caricature is always of high artistic value and emotional power. Still, the Turks reject any critique from the foreigners. Even one uncaring word spoken out by accident can hurt them a lot. The trust has a great meaning. Even a little hint towards distrust calls up an extreme disappointment, and backwards, once the trust is shown clearly and sincerely, places some kind of a moral responsibility on a Turk. Of course, it does not mean an unconditional trust to a word or a promise given either! If the Turk says "tomorrow", then most likely it means "maybe tomorrow". One has to get used to that! You should never ever get angry with a Turk in a business, it is totally pointless, therefore, do not ever lose control!
It is a pleasure to note that the people of Alanya are very courteous with each other when stuck in the streets or in a crowd, the shops, and the cinemas. They are never ever pushing each other and do not try to break through the crowd. If someone will be pushed by a shoulder or an elbow by accident, then there is an instant exchange of an apology. The drivers give the way to each other and to the pedestriants as well even in the times when they could calmly drive all the way through. All the road disputes are always settled down fast without any shouting and scolding with the help of a mutual compromise.
The people of Alanya are the southern Turks, they have a southern temperament. Still, at times not so easy life as if has pushed their fiery joy, talkative nature, and excessive way of gestures inside. The Islam dogmas also relatively restrain the initiative and the temperament, but the soul of a Turk is like a lava from the volcano, it breaks through to the surface by revealing in all of its cultural wealth and joy.
The same social stratification by the same features that has been present many centuries ago can be considered as tradition for the country. The most important signs of a status here are always believed to be the wealth and education. Moreover, if all becomes more or less clear with the first, - the Turks are not so different from the other nations in the region in relation to the role of money in the life of a society, then the second aspect is way more interesting. Alanya has a great amount of educational facilities of a different level and kind. The University education for the Turk is a minimal threshold for the access to the highest parts of the society regardless of his or her factual wealth, and this tradition dates back to several centuries. Some time earlier the upper layers of the society were presented by the military and bureaucratic elite of the Ottoman Empire, yet now the "focus of power" has clearly shifted towards the side of successful doctors, businessmen, and the politics, and also the officials of the top positions. Visiting Alanya, one can clearly see the "westernization" of the city's "top class", the majority of representatives of which know at least one foreign language fairly well, and are well-education with the world's culture since they are closely in touch with the foreign business, cultural, and the political circles.
Now the city's middle class to which they relate the majority of governmetal officials, owners of the middle-sized companies, skilled employers and the students, visibly tend to the Turkish culture, even though they usually have the education that is no way less! This duality, in combination with the rapid increase in population that migrates to the city from the province, leads to formation of a very multi-sided and a flexible society, which is exactly the visit card of Alanya. The development of communications and the transport in the region has lead to to gradual elimination of the borders between the rural area and the cities. What's more, the level of education of the rural and village people is quite high for Asia (back in 1995 up to 83% of the provinces population was literate). It should be noted that the income levels are quite low here, which leads to a constant migration to the cities (most often it is a seasonal migration). Moreover, the young citizens of the villages simply cannot count for the high income in the city without further education, which also defines the leaning of the young Turks towards knowledge.
Majority of people of Alanya with a higher income prefer the western style of clothing, they keep watching out for all the new fashion trends, try to live in their apartments and have a car, as well as the wealthy and trendy phone as the obligatory attributes of high income and success. In addition, one can see their interests for the European literature and music, theater, and the artistic life. Yet, what is even more interesting, a lot of attention is being paid to the Turkish language as well - all the layers of the local population try to talk on Instanbul's language dialect of Turkish and take a lot of care to make sure that they master the language well (it is patriotic), even though a lot of people speak 2-3 other languages and the dialects fluently. At the same time, the underprivileged layers of the society clearly lean towards conservative clothes, Turkish and the Middle East music, use a lot of the local dialects and most frequently have a hard time understanding each other. It is interesting that in comparison to many other countries with the same clear property segregation and ownership among the population, it does not cause any social tension of any kind in the city of Alanya!
The traditions in the Turkish families are very strong, the head of the family is always a man, but a woman, especially the mother of many children, is always greatly respected. In Turkish traditional life, an early age of getting married is relatively typical. Nevertheless, it is believed that a man should not decrease the level of life of the wife, therefore the marriages between representatives of the different social groups are quite rare. Here one can meet the unions within the same religious or an ethnic group, even though the intra-ethnical marriages on their own are not considered to be unusual.
Back in 1926 the Revolutionary Turkish Government has abolished the Islamic Family Code and has accepted a bit modified version of the Swiss civil code. The new family law and code requires and recognizes only the civil marriage ceremonies, obligatory agreement of both parties, making of the contract, and the monogamy. However, in tradition Turkish society, the choice of the future spouses and the scenery of the wedding ceremony are still lead only by the head of the family or by the councils of the families where the newlywed are playing not so significant role. Still, all the rituals are still present and believed to be a very important element, as well as the Imam's blessing of the marriage. The weddings in Alanya last for the few days and consist of several ceremonies where all the family members are usually involved. In most cases, though, all the people from the streets or an entire district may be invited and involved in this way or another!
In Islamic traditions, the groom is obliged to pay the price for the bride, however, this tradition is more a thing of the past lately, the amount of kalimah is either being decreased, depending on the expenses being sent for the wedding or the general income of the family or it is simply being passed to the newlyweds for the growth and development of their own family. At the same time, in the patriarchal provincial communities the collection of money for the price for the bride can become a serious barrier for the marriage, therefore, when the procedure itself is being carried out, they try to keep it formal with the mutual agreement of both parties.
The divorcing is not considered as a sin even though they are far from being frequent here. The divorced, especially the men with the children (and it is not so rare over here!) get married again quite fast, usually with the same divorced women. The modern family code does not recognize the old norm about husband's prerogative for the verbal and one-sided divorce by prescribing a court procedure of this process. It should be noted that the reasons for divorcing can be only six - adultery, threat to life, criminal or non-ethical way of life, running away from the family, mental disability, and... incompatibility. The obvious vague nature of these requirements often becomes a reason of a rare recognition of the claims, and the divorce by the mutual agreement is not allowed by the legislation system.
The family plays a leading and a major role in the life of any Turk. The members of the same clan or a family usually live close to each other and provide a literally daily contat, financial and emotional support. It also explains the large, and, which is quite important, an immediate help to the senior parents and the young people growing up. It also leads to strengths of the family bonds and relationship between the relatives no matter where the family members may live. As a result, the Turks know literally no old people left out on their own and the homelessness. Speaking of juvenile crimes and the youth gangs, this problem is relatively not relevant to Alanya in particular.
The Turks themselves have a clear division of the family as such (aile) and the household (hane) where the first category includes only the close relatives that live together, and all the other members of the clan to the second category. It speaks of those people who live jointly upon certain territory and who have the common household. The next important moment is the male community called "sulale", which consists of the male relatives or the ones who have the common ancestor. Such communities play a significant role in the lives of the old "noble families" that lead their history since the times of the Ottoman Empire and the tribal unions. They are basically unknown among majority of the citizens even though they have a great influence on the politics of the country.
By tradition, the men and the women play completely different roles in the family. Usually, a Turkish family is characterized by the "male dominance", respect to the older people, and the obedience of females. A father or the eldest man in the family is considered as a head of entire family and his advices and guidance is not discussed as such. However, a man in the family has lots of duties and responsibilities - he is the one to provide and ensure the well-being of the family (until not so long time ago the Turkish women had a right not to work outside of home at all). In addition, the men have to present one's family in front of the other relatives, and even carries the responsibility for bring up children, even though he does not have to do it formally. An interesting fact is that up until the end of the twentieth century even the shopping duties and visiting of the market was a solely male responsibility!
Now the role of women in a Turkish family is quite simple, even though there are lots of myths floating around! Formally, all what a woman has to do is show full respect and complete obedience to the husband, keeping of the household and raising the children. However, the Turks still say that "the dignity of a man and a family depend on a way how the women keep the household and how they behave". A woman, being quite restricted by the walls of her house, is often being in control of all the inner afairs of the clan. Moreover, it usually takes much more than what is being allowed and acceptable by the traditions. A mother is respected by the younger family members just the same as the head of the family, but her relaltionship to the children is warm and non-official. Considering it all, the women have the same and equal legal rights for private property and inheritance, and also rights for education and participation in a public life, which is frequently used by them (back in 1993-1995 the prime minister of Turkey was a woman - Tansu Ciller). The Turkish women are believed to be ones of the most emancipated in the Middle East, and even though by the general level of education they still lag behind Israeli and Jordanian women, this gap decreases at a rapid pace.
However, the local women show respect towards the traditions that date back several centuries ago! Even in such modern city as Alanya is, the woman's dress is humble and covered, the covers are quite frequent, partially covering the face and the body. Next to a very popular European style of clothing and the suits, one can often see traditional folk styles of clothes, which are worn by the women of Alanya with a known style and grace. In Alanya the clothes still play a role of a "visit card" of a woman and allows to define her origins, as well as her social status. The women of Alanya are true Eastern beauties, they are very joyful in character, like to smile and laugh, are kind, and truly friendly.
The children in Turkey are literally adored and indulged in every way! It is quite acceptable in Alanya to ask the couples without children of when do they plan to have children and then discuss the "problem" literally for hours. Even in a simple talk between the men, the children, as an example, will take a place of no lesser importance than soccer or the prices in the market. The sons receive especial love because they increase the status of a mother in the eyes of a husband and the relatives from the side of a husband. The sons spend a lot of time with a mother until they are around 10-12 years old, and then it is like they move on to the "male circle", and their bringing up is brought over to the men in the family. Now the daughters are usually live next to their mothers until they are getting married. In general, the relationship of fathers are the daughters are quite formal and their bonds (very often it is no less than love in relation to the sons, by the way) are rarely shown in public. Even though the daughter or a son can argue and joke with a mother in public, they are always respectful in the presence of a father and they never dare to talk back in public. The foreigners are usually sincerely surprised with a way how the fathers relate to the children. It is exactly the father who takes care of the little ones, whom loving dads indulge in every way possible and do all the bes tthey can for all their mischief and playful cheeky activities! It is the fathers who wipe the little noses, blow on a bruised knee, wash away the tears, straighten out the clothes, and control the crazy flight from a slide on the playground. Fathers are very proud of their children and always demonstrate it in every way possible!
The relationships between brothers and sisters in Turkey are light-hearted and non-formal up until they turn 13-14 years old. Some time later their statuses are changing quite a lot - an older brother (agabey) takes on some rights and duties from the parents in relation to a sister. An older sister (abla) also becomes someone like a second mother in relation to a brother - Turks have a right believing that it prepares the young ladies for the future role of a wife. In majority of the families the Grandmothers and Grandfathers also take on a lot of care in terms of raising the children. It often leads to children's feeling the permisiveness of it all and sometimes even behave in a cheeky and almost nasty way, yet it happens not more often than how it happens in any other part of a world!
Even the very young children visit the restaurants and cafes along with the parents everywhere. Moreover, it can happen at any time of the day (and even late evening!). Majority of restaurants and cafes have high stools and the special tables, including the menus for the children of all ages.
The relationships between representatives of different genders and generations are also defined by the local etiquette in a quite strict way. If the people in question are not close friends or the relatives, one has to talk to the older people with due respect and care, especially in public. Talking to the older men, one has to add an obligatory "bey" part after the name, and "hanim" part when one talks to a woman. Even the relatives of an opposite genfder usually do not show any emotional bonds in public, and when one has a holiday or a celebration, everyone quickly joins a company that forms according to the age and gender.
Now the friends and the close relatives of a same gender can hold hands easily and greet each other with the kisses on a cheek or the embraces. It is not permitted in any opposite case. In Alanya, when one meets a man, there is a quite European handshake, and they also shake a woman's hand. However, they do not turn to handshaking in a case if she is clearly not permitting one to do so. In the bus, a dolmus or a theater, if there is are free seats available, the women should always sit next to the other women, while an alien man cannot sit next to a woman he does not know without her consent.
The formal etiquette has a great meaning in Turkish culture, defining the most important forms of a social interaction. The local tradition supposes a clear verbal form basically for any case of reference to the other people and adds the correctness to these rituals, filling them with a meaning. The hospitality (misafirperverlik) remains one of the cornerstones of the Turkish culture. The friends, relatives, and the neighbours often visit each other. An invitation for a guest's visit is usually done with a great number of quite amazing prepositions and one has to be really tactful and caring to say "no" without offending the hosts. Such proposals usually have no hidden meanings and reasons of any kind - they do not expect any presents from the guests except a good company and an interesting conversation. If it is really impossible to accept the offer, it is recommended to talk about the lack of time and being busy (in case one does not know the language, it would be sufficient to place both hands on your chest, showing the watch with your hands, and then waving your hand towards the movement and the traffic) - the Turks usually appreciate and value such arguments very much! Moreover, even the short visits by the local beliefs are not likely to last more than two hours - except the obligatory tea and the coffee, the guest will be offered to have a "quick snack" in any case. In most cases, the final "no" is the third time you say it, but the good tone and behavior rules make the hosts at least try to feed the guest somehow, hence there are lots of options that may come up! Do not try to pay the check if you have been invited to the restaurants or offer money in case of a visit to the house or someone's apartment - it is considered as impolite. Now the pictures send afterward or a little present "when the right time comes up" will be taken with all the joy and sincerity!
It is a local tradition to offer all the very best for the guests, regardless of a family's income. Along with that, contrary to the widely popular beliefs, the Turks are quite patient when the guests do not know all the peculiarities of their culture and are capable of easily forgiving the "tiny mistakes" due to a lack of knowledge. By tradition, the meals take place by the low table by placing the guests directly on the floor - the feet have to be hidden under the table. The meals are being brought out on a large tray, which is either put on this low table or right on the floor, while the people sit around on the soft pillows or the carpets and take the meals from the tray to their plates either by hand or with the common spoon. However, in Alanya, the usual European meals and the dining tables are quite widespread as well as the usual serving with particular dishes and the cutlery. As it is always the case in Islamic countries, you can take something from the common main dish only with the right hand. It is also considered a bad tone and a lack of culture to talk without permission of a host of the house as well as choosing the special pieces from the main dish or to open one's mouth wide.
It should be noted that the people of Alanya never eat alone and do not have a snack on the go. They usually sit down at the table three times a day, preferring to do so with the whole family. The breakfast includes bread, cheese, olives, and tea. The dinner is usually quite late and it starts only once all the family members are there. The dinner menu is most often consisting of three or more dishes, which are eaten sequentially and each dish has a salad or other greens served along. For example, inviting the guests, neighbours and the friends is customary, yet in such case the time and the menu are chosen in advance. Even though there alcohol is forbidden in Islam, there is often Raki being served during dinner (an anise tincture), good wine or the beer. In this case, an essential element of the meals will be meze - a lot of snacks (fruits, vegetables, fish, cheese, smoked meats, sauces, and the fresh bread), which are usually served on the small plates. The meze is followed by the main course, which is selected with consideration of a range of existing appetizers - the vegetable salads will be served to the kebab, rice or hummus will be served to the fish or a chicken, the meat cakes, cheese and marinades will be served to the soup.
It is quite interesting that alcohol drinking, even the beer drinking in public is considered indecent. Now the sale of alcohol in public places is forbidden in Alanya. And even though a lot of shops and trade networks have basically unrestricted sales of alcohol, it is only in Ramadan when the shelves with alcohol are covered or blocked.
The pork is not found in the local cuisine in general, yet there are many other products that are not officially prohibited by Islamic norms. There are well-marked culinary elements that are preserved in Alanya, the skills of the people that have inhabited the region before the Turks have arrived. There is Georgian chicken in Satsivi sauce, Armenian Lahmajoun, or the Lahmajo (similar to pizza), which is known as Lahmacun and is considered a Turkish dish. The same applies to a lot of Arabic and Greek dishes (for example, meze).
During the sacred month of Ramadan the believers do not eat, do not drink, and do not smoke from the sunrise to the sunset. In the evening time the shops and the restaurants are open late, yet one has to restrain from smoking and eating in the presence of those who feast. The end of the Ramadan is celebrated in a beautiful and a loud way for the three days, hence all the places in the restaurants and also the transport tickets and the different performances should be reserved and ordered in advance.
Staying up late at the guests' house is not recommended. Starting the meals or tea ceremony without an allowance from the older man in the house or the one who has organized the meeting is considered to be impolite. Before the business meetings take place, there are usually preceeding tea ceremonies and the talks that have very little to do with the business. It is not commonly accepted to move directly to the discussion of a question that may interest you. One English ambassador of the XIX century has noted that "The Turks will be dancing and singing each time they can allow it." Even though a lot has changed since those times, yet the love of music among the locals still remains the same. Alanya sings and dances all the time, day and night!
The Turkish houses are visible divided for the guest and the private zones. It is considered impolite to ask to show the house around. The sole of the shoes are apriori considered unclean, therefore, as soon as you enter the house, as well as the Mosque, you have to take your shoes off. It is not customary in the public places - you can enter the place with your shoes on. Yet, in some offices, libraries, or the private shops the guest can be offered the room shoes for a change or the covers for the shoes. In the places with a lot of people like the Mosque or the governmental organizations, the shoes can be out in the paquetes and taken along inside.
The Turks use a complex and a varied language of the body and the gestures, quite often totally not obvious for majority of the foreign people. For example, the click with the fingers usually means approval of a something (good soccer player, an item of a highest quality, and so on), while the click with a tongue, on the contrary to the popular opinion, means an extreme denial or a rejection of a something (very often one adds the eyebrows raised along to the gesture). A quick waving of one's head from side to side means "I do not understand", while an only waving of one's head to the side can quite be a gesture for "yes". And since there are lots of similar schemes, it is really not recommended to misuse and abuse the gestures that are common to us - here they can have a totally different meaning.
An attitude to clothes in the country is quite liberal and carries obvious elements of islamic tradition. A business suit, blazer and a time among men is wide-spread in the business circles, yet even in the festive activities a lot of Turks also prefer a suit and a tie to the national clothes, adding the hat to aforementioned. Now the women are much more creative in these matters - the daily life still has a national dress' keeping its positions, especially in Alanya. Now even all over Turkey, the women prefer their colourful and very convenient dress for the local environment and a way of life. In addition to tradition dress, the women always try to decorate it with the various accessories. However, it should be noted that both women and men are quite conservative in clothes, trying to keep up with the commonly accepted schemes once and for always.
It is commonly accepted that in order to visit Turkey the tourist does not really have to carry about what to wear - here one can wear basically anything that fits well to the local hot and dry climate. However, we want to advice to take a good care of how you look and what you wear. In some public places one has to be more humble in terms of clothes. When visiting a mosque and the temples, the women have to choose the clothes that maximally cover the legs and body up to the head and the hands. Of course, wearing of a mini-skirt and the trousers should be avoided. The men are advices to avoid wearing the shorts and the overalls in some cases. The women are only allowed to enter the territory of all the temples only with a head covered (at the entrance you can usually rent a long skirt and a head scarf). Without a doubt, you have to leave the footwear at the entrance when visiting the Mosque. It is also better to avoid visiting the Mosque during the prayers. The beach wear as such (that includes way too open bikini and shorts) should also be limited only to wearing it at the beach and not beyond! Even simply coming out in a swim suit in the street beyond the private beach of a hotel or a residential complex is highly not recommended. Even if some people that live in your residential complex will be too polite to show you how irritated and disappointed they are by too much carefree behavior, the harsh reactions can follow from the other residents and people visiting the complex. In most cases, it is enough to consult with the hotel's or a residential complex's personnel to avoid the problems of any kind. Just ask about the traditions of this or that place and ask for places where the "free rest" is allowed with no restrictions. In most cases, such places are pointed out and are quite safe. The modern people of Alanya always approach traditions and the customs of the foreign people who want to have some quality time at this Mediterranean resort with due understanding and care. The guests, in their turn, have to be attentive to traditions of the hosts as it will help to avoid any kind of misunderstanding and even the bad luck and trouble.
Ramazan is a month of charity in Turkey, therefore, a lot of people organize special late time meals for the people where the needy, students, the guests, and the foreign people are always invited. As the charity, anyone can collect so called Ramazan Paketi, the Ramazan packages or buy already prepared and packed ones at the supermarket so they can give it over to the needy and poor people. These packages include the usual foods: the rice, vegetable oil, tea, coffee, sugar, lentils, pasta, olives, etc. In lots of cities there are free meals being organized next to the mosques. As soon as the evening, approaches, the parks have organized fairs, traditional shows and the theater performances that can only be seen during Ramazan. Do not be surprised if the complete strangers will invite you and treat you with a part of their meals. Feel through the Ramazan spirit and become a part of a true Turkish hospitality.
The major of Alanya's Municipality Adem Murat Ycel came to power in 2014. Since his election he tries his very best to help the dream of all the citizens come true - to help Alanya to develop and grow. The major believes that a highest priority is a work based upon empathy and love for each other. The residents and the city's officials have put the foundation for lots of important projects: a development of infrastructure, transport, construction, environment, healthcare, sport, culture, the arts, and many more. The major notes that one has already done what a person usually calls "impossible, hard to achieve, hard to believe" in restricted environment. Walking an extra mile to care for the people and growth of the city, Alanya has reached a much higher level of city development and comfort! All of it has become possible because of a united team work of every citizen of Alanya!