A great daytrip from Gazipasa (particularly for history buffs) is the town of Side. You’ll find the magnificent ruins of the Apollo Temple here, which is where Antony is believed to have met Cleopatra. The astounding Manavgat Waterfall is also in Side, along with the 3,000-year old Aspendos Bridge – the oldest in Turkey.
Antiochia ad Cragum
Also known as Antiochetta, this ancient Hellenistic city (founded in 170 BC) sits high above the glittering Mediterranean coast on Mount Cragus. The remains of the city include baths, chapels, fortifications and the largest Roman mosaic in the whole of Turkey.
Blue Flag beaches
Much of the 50km of coastline in the area consists of clean, wide, sandy stretches, interrupted by rocky stretches with small coves. The main beach in Gazipasa is Selinus Beach, but Koru Beach offers natural ponds, perfect for families or those looking for calmer waters.
In Alanya, less than an hour north of Gazipasa, ancient traditions such as silk weaving continue to be practiced in the Old Town. The Cuma Bazaar, which takes place on Fridays should not be missed and the iconic Alanya Castle offers panoramic views. There’s also the nearby Old Shipyard and the hexagonal Red Tower to explore.
You can enjoy numerous activities in the Taurus Mountains including fly fishing, hiking and jeep and quad safaris. But the 360m-long and 400m high Sapadere Canyon is the star of the show. The walkways allow easy access to the cascading waterfalls and the pools of water which are perfect for a cooling dip.
There are over 40,000 caves in Turkey and many of the most fascinating can be found in and around Gazipasa. The 450m-long Yalan Dunya Magrasl (Dim Cave) features both stalagmites and stalactites, and the Damlatas Caves are said to heal asthma.
Published: April 19, 2018
Last edited: April 19, 2018