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    Mediterranean Türkiye

    Waterfalls in Antalya

    Manavgat Waterfall, located 3 km north of Antalya's Manavgat district, is on the Manavgat River and falls from a cliff of about four meters. Even though it is not a very tall waterfall, it has a high flow rate over a large area. The waterfall offers a scene of true natural beauty and plenty of opportunities for photos.

    Düden Waterfalls are located approximately 10 km from Antalya city center. The waterfalls are divided into Aşağı Düden Waterfall (Karpuzkaldıran Waterfall) and Yukarı Düden Waterfall (Iskender Waterfall). There is a cave in the area where Yukarı Düden Waterfall is located. You will find places near the waterfall where you can have a pleasant and quiet time. Aşağı Düden Waterfall spills into the Mediterranean Sea from a cliff with an average height of 40 meters.

    Kurşunlu Waterfall is in a two-kilometer-long canyon in the Aksu district of Antalya. The waterfall is in a natural park and falls from a height of 18 meters. Seven small ponds are connected by small waterfalls and create a breathtaking view. 

    Lake Eğirdir in Isparta

    The fourth-largest lake and second-largest freshwater lake of Türkiye, Lake Eğirdir, is about 46 kilometers from Isparta's city center.

    In summer, the most popular activity at Lake Eğirdir is – not surprisingly! - to swim. Surrounding the beaches is lush, oxygen-rich forest.

    Along the road, you will come across stands selling local produce grown in the nearby orchards. Yeşil Ada (Green Island) is situated in the lake and offers the chance to taste the fresh local fish at its small restaurants. The island, which still preserves its historical riches, offers visitors a peaceful, serene environment. 

    Göksu River and Delta in Mersin

    Göksu River, which meets the Mediterranean in Silifke, is one of the unique destinations for rafting lovers with its 91-kilometre-long parkour. Göksu Delta, located at the point where Göksu River flows into the Mediterranean, has a basin of 10 thousand square kilometres and is one of the few bird migration routes in the world. It is home to rare and endangered bird species. For this reason, the delta is a centre of attraction for birdwatchers. The rare Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio Porphyrio) bird is the symbol of the region. Flamingos (Phoenicopterus Ruber) are also seen in the delta. Göksu Delta is one of the main nesting areas in the Mediterranean, where sea turtles such as Caretta Caretta and Green Turtle lay their eggs. The Delta is also home to many endemic plants.

    Kapıkaya Canyon in Adana

    Kapıkaya Canyon is within the borders of of Karaisalı district. The Canyon is 40 km away from Adana city center. Çakıt Stream, which springs from Niğde-Ulukışla, passes through the middle of the canyon, which is approximately 200 m in height. Seven kilometers of the 20 km long canyon has been made available for walking. The canyon is surrounded by oleander, plane trees and pine trees, and the canyon is a must-see for hikers, slope climbers and photography enthusiasts.

    Başkonuş Plateau in Kahramanmaraş

    Baskonuş Plateau is a natural wonder that contains many endemic plants, especially hyacinths and salep, and is frequented by migratory birds. The forest, which consists of fir, sedir, oak and juniper trees, is home to deer and birds while maintaining its natural structure with its colorful flowers and endemic plants.

    The plateau was established as a deer production station in 1987, and years later the deer were released into nature. There is a very good chance that in forest walks you will encounter deer groups.

    Haruniye Thermal Spring in Osmaniye

    Located on a land full of trees along Ceyhan River, Haruniye thermal spring, offers a breath-taking view, healing waters and a perfect opportunity to relax and recover.

    İnsuyu Cave in Burdur

    İnsuyu Cave hosts millions of stalactites and stalagmites, and nine pools which you can discover in small boats. Water flows in small streams from the nine pools to other regions of the cave. The cave has a constant circulation of cool and clean air. 

    The cave is 597 m long and is situated 900 m above sea level. As a result of the melting and abrasion of the karstic structure over time, the stalactites, and the stalagmites, scientists have estimated that the cave was formed thousands of years ago.

    The cave’s water is believed to have curative qualities and in specific to heal stomach diseases and diabetes. 

    Arsuz in Hatay

    Arsuz, with its inviting sea and sandy beaches, is one of the most important resort areas in the region and certainly worth visiting. Other historical sites that should not be missed are the Colonnaded Port (Sütunlu Limanı), Frank Port (Frank Limanı), The Chateau Ruins (Şato Kalıntısı), Şalen Castle (Şalen Kalesi), and Sarıseki Castle (Sarıseki Kalesi). Bakras Castle (Bakras Kalesi) was, at one time, an important stronghold vital to the control of the caravan routes to and from Arabia and contains a church inside. Among the must-sees of the area is also the Column of Jonah (Yunus Sütunu). According to some, the place where the Prophet Jonah was eventually disgorged from the belly of the whale is marked by the Jonah Column which was also the part of the entrance gate to the Ancient City of Cilicia.