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ANTALYA DAY TRIPS      


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Natural beauties and history meet in Antalya. So, the alternatives for day trips are highly diverse. There are two important recreation spots pretty closer to the city centre. These are Duden Falls and Kursunlu Falls, 12 km and 24 km away from the city centre. Both falls and their surroundings are spectacular spots with their natural beauties. Especially in Kursunlu, there are seven lakes connected to each other with waterfalls. These lakes ornated with waterlilies and fishes attract the attention of tourists a lot.

In Antalya, there are also nearby, clean and long beaches to go to enjoy the sea and the sun for the day. Among these are the Konyaalti Beach, west of the city on the Kemer highway, and the Lara Beach, 12 km east of the city. Topcam Park,11 km away from Antalya, in the Olympos Beydaglari National Park is a daily picnic area and beach surrounded by pine forests. This park where the sea meets with nature is a beautiful alternative to do camping and to enjoy the view of the Sican Island just across the area. The doner restaurants at Tunektepe offer a magnificent panorama to its guests.

Saklikent is a ski center, 50 km away from Antalya. At Saklikent, north of Bakirli mountains and at the altitude of 1750 – 1900 m, you can go skiing for three whole months a year. If you go to Antalya in March-April, you can both go skiing and go swimming on the same day. The Duzlercami Forest, north of Antalya, is an important walking and picnic area. Deers and camoises living here have been taken under protection. The most popular spot of the Duzlercami Forest is the Guverucurumu Canyon. From this spot, it is possible to enjoy both the canyon with a depth of 115 m and the view of Antalya from above.

There are also interesting caves sheltering different cultural layers in Antalya. Karain Cavern, the oldest and the most important one among all these, is of significance in terms of bringing light into the most ancient settlements in Turkey. Karain Cavern, 30 km northwestern of Antalya, near the Yagcı Village and on the outskirts of Katran Mountain.

In the cave have been found the cultural layers from Lower Paleolithic (B.C. 500000 – 200000) to Mesolithic (Epipaleolithic) Period. Just near Karain Cavern is a small, but an important open-air museum where the excavations found in the cave are displayed. Another cave is Okuzini Cavern, 31 km northwest of Antalya. The cave is named after the description of an embossed animal on its wall, defined as ox or bull. The traces belonging to the Mesolithic (Epipaleolithic) Period ( B. C. 10000 – 8000) have been found.

Termessos, one of the best-protected archeological settlements in Turkey, is an archaic city, 34 km northwest of Antalya, in the Gulluk Dagi National Park, and at a plateau of 1050 m at altitude. Today are the works of the Roman Period such as theatre, odeon, cistern, triumphal arch, temples, gymnasium left from the city founded by Solyms.

In the museum at the entrance of the Gulluk Dagi National Park are introduced the kinds of wild animals and plants living within the borders of the park.