Alanya, also known as Alaiye in Turkish, is a coastal resort located 138 km (86 mi) east from Antalya. According to the 2010 Turkish Census, the population was 98,627. The district which includes the city and its surrounding area had a total of 1,598.51km2 and 248,286 residents.
Alanya’s strategic location on a peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea, below the Taurus Mountains has made it a stronghold for many Mediterranean-based Empires such as the Ptolemaic and Seleucid, Romans, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. The Seljuk Sultanate in Rum, which was under the control of Alaeddin Kayqubad II, was Alanya’s most important political position. Many of the city’s iconic landmarks were built by his building campaign, including the Kizil Kule (Red Tower), Tersane the Shipyard and Alanya Castle.
Alanya’s Mediterranean climate, natural attractions and historical heritage make it a popular tourist destination. It is responsible for 9 percent of Turkey’s tourism sector as well as for 30 percent of all foreign purchases of Turkish real estate. Since 1958, tourism has grown to be the main industry in the city. This has led to an increase in population. Alanya hosts several cultural festivals and warm-weather sporting events each year. Adem Murat Yucel of the Nationalist Movement Party, was elected Mayor of 2014, replacing Hasan Sipahioglu of the Justice and Development Party. He had been the city’s leader since 1999.