Turkey's Manavgat Waterfall

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[Manavgat Waterfall in Side, Turkey]

On our way to Alanya, we stopped in Manavgat. The city is between the Taurus Mountains and the beaches by the Mediterranean. Manavgat is an important rural region for Turkey and the Manavgat River is used for agriculture. Along the river, two hydroelectric power stations have been built, along with water dams and the Manavgat waterfall, which is well-known in Turkey.

The Manavgat Waterfalls are a milky white, foaming water rushing powerfully over the rocks on the Manavgat River. The waterfall itself is situated a few kilometres north of the city Manavgat. The waterfall is not more than a couple of metres high; it is as wide as the whole river itself and is an impressive sight because it is flooding with such a tremendously amount of water from the fall.

The waterfall is surrounded by gardens, where you can sit and relish the incredibly beautiful waterfall. Gregg and I decided to sit at one of the restaurants alongside the falls. After a long day in the blistering heat, the shady terrace of the restaurant made the falls a pleasant, serene resting spot. Gregg enjoyed a donar and fries, while I had a refreshing Orange Fanta.

A day trip along the Manavgat River is truly recommended.

 

 

 

 

Insiders Guide to Side, Turkey

 

PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 09, 2010 - UPDATED ON JANUARY 31, 2018

Ancient World history truly fascinates me. Seeing these ruins in Side, Turkey was just breathtaking in itself.

The ancient village of Side, on the Turkish Mediterranean coast, whose name means "pomegranate" in ancient Anatolian, was once one of my "heavens on earth". Since then, I have discovered and enjoyed many more places on different continents, and given a longish rest to Side before rediscovering it in 2010.

Side (pronounced sea day) lies about about 47 miles east of Antalya, halfway to Alanya, both popular, rather developed tourist resorts. The 30-minute drive from Antalya passes the ancient cities of Perge, Selge and Aspendos, all interesting historic sites to explore, and the Manavgat waterfalls, a nice cool spot to escape the summer heat.

The Side Museum and Ruins are located in Side town of Manavgat District 8 km from Manavgat. Ancient agora bath from A.D. 5-6th centuries, dating from Roman Age, was restored in 1960/61 and converted into a museum.

Has a capacity of 15,000 seats. The audience section is divided in half by means of a diazoma. Orchestra in a semi-circle curve. Stage building is two or three storey. Late Empire Period gladiator fights and animal fights were made here.

In A.D. 5-6 th centuries during Byzantine Period it was used as an open air church. The theatre is dated from middle of A.D. 2nd century.The Apollo Temple is located within Byzantine Basilica together with the Athena Temple. In Corinthian style and peripteros design. From Roman period. Dates from A.D. 150’s. A section was restored in 1983-1990 and recovered.

Downtown Side

There are plenty of bars and restaurants, ice-cream stands and a nightclub in the middle of the ruins. The stone bar at the ancient harbour, just before the Apollo temple, is popular among locals – it's the perfect spot to watch the sunset with a glass of wine. Of course, peaceful Side is not a rival to that nightlife monster Bodrum. Nor can it compete with the Aegean resorts of Çesme–Alaçatı, with a vivid nightlife and windsurfing scene. Side is not Alanya (a crowded resort with a pebble beach), or an idyllic village like Kas, Kalkan or Kekova, west of Antalya. But it is a great place to rest for a few days.

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