Located on the Gulf of Antalya in the coastal plain of Pamphylia, the town is bordered by the Taurus Mountains on the north and the Mediterranean Sea on the south and is considered part of the Turkish riviera. The town is divided by a rocky peninsula with the harbor and Keykubat beach, named for Ala ad-Din Kay Qubadh I, on the east side and DamlataÅ beach, named for the famous "dripping caves," and Cleopatra beach on the west side. Legend and locals claim the name derives from either the Ptolemaic princess' visit here or the area's inclusion in her dowry to Mark Antony. Regardless, the area was indeed under Egyptian hegemony in the first century BC.
Ataturk Caddasi, or Boulevard, runs perpendicular to the sea, and divides the southern, much more touristic side of Alanya from the northern, more native side, that extends north into the mountains.
Though Alanya has been part of Antalya Province since the Ottoman Empire, an Alanya Province has been a goal of many area politicians.