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Because of the archaeological and natural riches of the area, Antalya is called “the Turkish Riviera”. The sea, the sun, the nature and the history all merge together in an enchanting harmony here where you can find the most gorgeous and cleanest beaches of the Mediterranean. The 630 km shoreline of Antalya is filled with ancient cities and harbours, sepulchres, and laced with beautiful coves, sandy beaches, lush forests and rivers.
The town Manavgat, which is 76 km far from the province Antalya. was founded on the plain that lies on both sides of the River Manavgat. The city center is 4 km far from the shore of the Mediterranean. The Northern part of the town is bordered by the Taurus Mountains covered with beautiful forests. The river Manavgat, which flows through the town, gives the plain fertility and richness. The Manavgat Waterfall and its delta are the most important natural richness of the town. The other natural beauties of the region in the South are the Sorgun Forest with pine trees and the lake "Titreyengöl", which was formed by alluviums that filled the delta of the River Manavgat.
Side can be reached from Antalya-Manavgat highway by turning south 2 km. before reaching to Manavgat. Name of Side in Anatolian language means "Pomegranate". The ruins of a number of waterways that had carried water from the outskirts of the Tauruses and the nearby cities can be seen. An old bath have been restored and turned into a museum. Other artefacts that have been found in Side are displayed in this museum. The most important structure in Side is its theatre, which can hold 15,000 spectators. Some of the structures worth seeing in Side are the Columned Road, the Triumphal Arch, the Harbour, the Baths, the Temples, the Fountains, the Water Cisterns, the Waterways, and the Agora.
At 38 km distance from Side, Aspendos Theatre has been built in the 2nd Century, which could hold 17,000 people is the best-preserved and standing amphitheater. It is still used for various occasions today such as concerts, carnivals, festival, and oil wrestling. There are some other structures worth seeing in Aspendos compared to some others buildings such as Agora, Basilica, Nymphaeum and the arched waterways reaching up to 15 km long.
Alarahan is within the area called Pamphilia, which is in Antalya 's Alanya district's Okurcalar town, and within the limits of Çakallar Village . As you are driving from Alanya towards Antalya , there is an Alarahan turn at 30 km. of distance. If you drive 9 km. inland you can encounter the “Historical Alarahan” which incidentally has given its name to the area, after travelling through forest and small residential areas. Alarahan is one of the few “put into function historical places”; within its natural beauty you will find the Alara bastion, and Alara Brook, it builds a “History and Nature Museum ”.
It is built between Düden and Aksu rivers 18 km. east of Antalya. Turn north from Aksu on the highway between Antalya to Alanya, and arrive at Perge after 2 km. I Some of its places worth seeing are its Gates, the Agora, the Nymphaeum, and the Columned streets, the Necropolis, the Basilica and the Acropolis.
Northeast of Antalya, taking the turn off for Tasagil and Beskonak, is scenic route that leads to the 14 km Köprülü Canyon National Park. The road criss-crosses over the clear, flowing water of the mountain river and passes through virgin forests, by rippling waterfalls. Reaching the park , 92 km from Antalya, you will encounter a valley of wild beauty rich in flora and fauna. The canyon stretches for 14 km along the Köprü River and is 400 meters deeps in some places. At the rest area there are fish restaurants offering delicious selections.