Check this list of seven beautiful canyons of Antalya, that you might want to consider visiting.
1. Sapadere Canyon - Alanya
‘A wonder of nature' Sapadere Canyon is located within the territorial border of Alanya, a sub-district of Antalya. It is in the Northeast of the region, 44 km away from Alanya and 179 km from Antalya. Its geographical co-ordinates are 36° 30' 21" North, 32° 17' 43" East.
Sapadere means a stream away from the road and it was more or less a hidden treasure known only to natives for many, many years until the Alanya district governors and local investors chose to put Sapadere firmly on the map in the name of alternative tourism. This not only benefited the economy of the village but also gave more people the opportunity to visit this spectacularly beautiful valley. There is now a meandering wooden walkway through the valley which was opened mid 2008.
Sapadere Canyon is 360 metres long, nearly 400 metres high and is located 3 km away from Sapadere Village. The canyon is formed by erosion from water, ice and wind. The layers of rock were formed over thousands of years. Wooden walkways make for easy access for all visitors. The walking platform is sympathetically designed and constructed from wood and steel. The platform is environmentally friendly and can be removed when necessary. You will be amazed by the rapidly gushing water over series of rock steps, the numerous waterfalls, rare plants and different species of animals and birds when walking through this natural habitat. The clean, fresh air and cascading turquoise water over the rocks is therapeutic and refreshing on the human spirit...after all, don’t forget that water means life!
Geen Canyon tour is an awesome boat tour to the beauties of nature on one of the worldwide numbered dam lakes in a canyon, the only one in Turkey that allows boat trips. Enjoy a quiet and relaxing cruise on the green lake reservoir located in the Taurus mountains, near Manavgat town. There are one of over 300 Turkish dams in Turkey. Oymapınar Dam called Green Canyon is the fourth highest dam in Turkey. During the 17 km long cruise you can enjoy the beautiful landscape and admire the color of the emerald clear lake.
Göynük Canyon is one of the most beautiful natural wonders from trees, waterfalls and pools for those loving nature sports. Goynuk canyon is 4km away from Goynuk district. Having approximately 4, 5 km track, you can enjoy and go on a hiking and canyoning with daily trips. An important part of Lycian wall passes through Goynuk canyon.Goynuk canyon is also the most suitable camp site available and the place to meet the needs. Through Goynuk canyon, there are natural pools and lagoons. At the end of the track, you can swim in ice cold water or you can climb up the rocks to see the waterfalls.
The Saklikent Canyon in Saklikent National Park is 18 km long, 300 meters deep and is steep and narrow. The Saklikent Canyon is longer by 4 km each than the Ihlara Valley in Cappadocia and the Koprulu Canyon in Turkey. After Verdon in France and Vikos in Greece, it is considered to be the third longest canyon in Europe. The Saklikent Gorge also known as “Hidden Valley” or The Lost City. This valley with a stream flowing through the icy waters. Streams of water is really cold. It may take longer to get used to the cold water. This cold water, spring water of the Bey Mountains within the terms of the areas that are eminently valuable is water.
This place is difficult to find but worth it. The Güver Cliff Canyon, located in Düzler Çamı National Park, was formed within 1 million years as the surface water eroded the karstic terrain. You can have a picnic around Güver Cliff which is very close to Antalya city center and you can enjoy the pleasant view from the cruise terrace.
The Kesme Bogaz canyon is located in the Beydağları National Park, which has survived from antiquity to the present day. In the canyon where three streams meet, there is an old Roman bridge. The creek, which creates small waterfalls and tiny ponds, allows swimming at many points.
Koprulu Canyon is a river suitable for rafting, starting at the town of Sutçuler (Sütçüler) of Isparta district, reaching the sea in Antalya. There are two historical bridges at the starting point of the part of the river suitable for rafting, the smaller one built by the master and the larger one by his headworker. Koprulu Canyon takes its name from these bridges, meaning ‘’the canyon with bridges’’. The water of this clean river supplying a chance for a raft for 7000 of people per day during the summer months is drinkable.
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