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ALTINBESIK CAVE NATIONAL PARK


The National park is located in the west part of stiff Manavgat valley 7 km far from the sub-province Aydinkent of the province Antalya. You can arrive in Altinbesik Cave only by 1-hour walk from the village Urunlu.

Altinbesik Cave, which is a horizontal and partially active cave system, got its name from Altinbesik Hill on the top of the cave. Big curves and deeply excavated valleys in the cave are the result of the moving geological structure background. The cave has developed in 3 levels over each other. The lowest and middle levels are always active in rainy seasons and the upper level is always dry.

Altinbesik Cave has the function of a main underground stream where the water of Eynif hole and of a series of small holes around the Eynif hole which is accumulated is discharged. There are still puddles in the cave in winters. Sand and pebbles in the cave, flow holes on the rock cliffs indicate that strong underground water flows in springs.

The first 200 m starting from the entry of the cave is the lower level of the cave and this section is always covered with water. At the end of the lower level there is a stiff exit of 40 m. This exit and adjoining walls are covered white and thick travertine. It is the most admirable part of the cave.

The rich flora and the untouched nature around Altinbesik Cave are of the landscape of the National Park.

Urunlu Village attracts the visitors with its regional architecture. It is possible to walk around the village after seeing the Cave. Furthermore, you can accommodate in the scity center of Aydinkent and Urunlu Village.


BEYDAGLARI COASTAL NATIONAL PARK


The National Park located within the provincial boundaries of Antalya surrounds the Genc Mountains of Western Taurus Mountains. The flora of the region includes peanut pines at the sea shore, and has red pine, black pine in the higher altitudes and cedar trees after 1000 meters. There are 1000 types of plants within the Park and 21 of that 1000 plants are endemic which indicates that The National park has a wide variety of species of plants. Bears, chamois, wild pigs, foxes, jackals, wolves, weasels and various birds and fish in the region all compose the fauna of the region.

The natural gas which is called as “Unquenchable Fire of Lycia” in the mountainous area a few km from Olympus has been flamed for centuries and referred to as Chimaira (Burning Stone) in Bellerophontos myth which attaches a mythological value to the region.

You can exercise all types of sea sorts, have picnics and visit the archeological sites in the National park during 7 and 8 months of the year. There are many evidences in Beldibi Cave in the north of the shore indicating that settlement in that region dates back to very early times. The most significant settlement areas of the National park are Phaselis (Tekirova) established as the Colony of Rhodes in VII. BC and Olympos. Furthermore, Idyros, Adrasan Port and Gagai near Kemer are of the ancient settlement areas worth seeing. It is also possible to get use of the recreational camping area of Kindilcesme, Buyukcalticak, Kucukcalticak and Topcam recreational areas. The hotels, motels and camping areas can meet the great part of the accommodation need of the region in the National Park.


MOUNTAIN GULLUK NATIONAL PARK (THERMOSES)


The National Park located within the sub-provincial boundaries of Korkuteli of the province Antalya in the Mediterranean Region and over the Mountain Taurus is 34 km to Antalya. The ancient city of Thermoses located on the outskirts of Mountain Gulluk of The Taurus was established by Solyms. There is not certain information about Thermoses and Solyms; however, Solyms are referred to as the people of Termessos in Iliad of Homer in connection with the Bellerfon myth. The city composed of three sections which are lower city, city center and grave, was at its peak in the Roman times. The city walls, king road, towers, Hadrian’s gate, gymnasium, the theatre, Odeon, fully ornamented graves, the tanks providing the water demand of the city and the drainage system are the remaining of the most gorgeous structures of Thermoses.

It is worth to see the geomorphologic formations such as the stiff cliffs of Mount Gulluk, Mecine Canyon the walls of which rise up to hundreds of meters in the Nationla Park. Forests and macqui, which are the typical flora of the Mediterranean climate, can give the opportunity for the rare wild animals such as chamois, red deers, king eagle to live in that area. The best season for visiting the park is in the period between April and December.

You can find great information about the park at the visitors center in the entrance of the Park. There are picnic and camping areas. Furthermore, facilities such as restaurants and buffets can meet the needs of the visitors. Accommodation can be provided with tents and caravans.


KOPRULU CANYON NATIONAL PARK


The National Park located within the district boundaries of Manavgat of the province Antalya in the Mediterranean Region is named due to the Kopru river. The structure of this river is appropriate for rafting. The spllited valley formed by Kopru River between Bolasan Village and Beskonak is the longest canyon of Turkey with its 14 km. length and its walls over 100 meters.

There are softwood, cedar, and different types of leaved trees in the National Park. Pure Mediterranean cypress forest on an area of 400 hectares is the most important and evident characteristics of the flora. Deers, chamois, bears, foxes, wolves, rabbits, weasel and badgers are the members of the wild life. Moreover, there is a great number of trout.

The National park has a wide variety of cultural characteristics as well as the natural beauties. The most significant examples for the cultural items are the theatre and agora of the ancient city Selge established in 5 BC, Zeus and Artemis temples, tanks, water arches, the historical path covered with stone connecting the coastal cities Selge with Pamphilia by the Oluk and Bugrum Bridges on Kopru River and Kocacay Stream. The areas around the river where the trees provide shelter are the places where you can have daily excursions and camping. Furthermore, there are various facilities meeting the food and beverage needs of the visitors. Accommodation can be provided with tents and caravans.