Holidays to Manavgat take you to an authentically Turkish city with a riverfront setting. And beyond, you’ve got sandy beaches, majestic mountains and spectacular Roman sights.
Manavgat is an inland city in the popular Antalaya region of Turkey. It’s pretty famous for the river that runs through it, not to mention its waterfalls – and it’s all nicely set in the protected forests of the Taurus Mountains. As well as that, Manavgat makes a great base for beach trips to Side and exploring the ancient cities of Perge and Aspendos.
Rivers and waterfalls
Manavgat’s major tourist draw is the river, with its cascading waterfall and crystal clear pools. There’s a beautifully landscaped riverside park which is great for evening strolls, and it comes with lots of restaurants, tavernas, cafés and bars. And there are plenty of toe-dipping opportunities along the riverbanks.
Boat trips and swimming
As Manavgat river flows south to the Mediterranean, you can take a boat trip. You’ll pass sea turtles on your way to the famous Manavgat waterfall – here you can stop off for refreshments in one of the shady tea gardens and watch the water crashing down. Once you reach the river mouth in Side, there are sandy beaches that offer a variety of watersports such as parasailing and waterskiing. While you enjoy the water, most boat tours will be busy preparing lunch for your return.
Best ancient ruins outside Rome
Speaking of Side – which is about 20 minutes’ drive away – there’s a huge amphitheatre to see here, along with the dune-backed Temple of Apollo. There’s an equally impressive, 2,000-year-old amphitheatre and a hill-side acropolis at Aspendos, 45 minutes away. And completing the ancient trio is Perge, 90 minutes away, with a Roman amphitheatre that held 12,000 people in its heyday.
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