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05 January 2024

Köprülü Canyon National Park Travel Guide

Located in Manavgat, a town in Antalya famous for its waterfalls, Köprülü Canyon is one of the unique canyons of the Mediterranean and one of Turkey's leading national parks. Köprülü Canyon National Park is one of Antalya's most popular tourist spots and an oasis for nature lovers.

This natural wonder, about 14 kilometers long, lies between the deep valleys of the Köprüçay River. With stunning rock formations, a lush forest, and the mesmerizingly beautiful Köprüçay River, Köprülü Canyon National Park captivates hikers, climbers and nature lovers who come to explore it.

Köprülü Canyon is also an excellent location for water sports. The Köprüçay River offers an ideal course for activities such as rafting and canoeing with its challenging rapids and breathtaking nature. Köprülü Canyon is one of the best rafting areas not only in Turkey but also in the whole world. The historical ruins from the Roman period around the canyon promise a fascinating experience for history lovers.

Köprülü Canyon is also an excellent option for families and couples looking for picnics and camping. The calm and beauty of this unique canyon offer an ideal atmosphere for anyone who wants to relax and make joyful memories.

With all these features, Koprulu Canyon is a unique destination for an unforgettable family vacation or romantic getaway. Because it is close to Belek, it is one of the places to visit in Belek.

Köprülü Canyon Directions

If you are visiting Antalya for vacation, you should definitely visit Köprülü Canyon National Park, which offers unique landscapes and exciting water sports. Of course, the Koprulu Canyon experience starts with the question, "Where is Köprülü Canyon?". 

Köprülü Canyon is located in the Manavgat district of Antalya. It takes about 1 hour by car to reach Koprulu Canyon from the center of Antalya. You can go to Köprülü Canyon with your vehicle or take daily tours or public transportation.

You can follow the steps below to reach Köprülü Canyon. 

·        Proceed in the direction of Serik on the Manavgat - Antalya highway.

·        Follow the Köprülü Canyon signs that you will see on the Serik road.

·        When you see the turquoise colored Köprüçay River, you are close to Köprülü Canyon. Continue on this road for another 10 minutes.

·        At the end of this road, you will reach the center of the town of Beskonak, where Köprülü Canyon is located and the area where the historical bridges of Köprülü Canyon are located.

Where is Köprülü Canyon?

Manavgat is an Antalya district famous for its canyons, valleys and waterfalls. Köprülü Canyon National Park is also located in this district of Antalya, which is renowned for its natural beauties. The starting point of Köprülü Canyon in Bozyaka Sub-district is 80 km from Antalya city center and 114 km from Alanya city center.

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Rafting in Köprülü Canyon

Köprülü Canyon National Park is a very special tourist destination for nature and history lovers as well as rafting enthusiasts. Köprülü Canyon National Park offers rafting in the turquoise waters of the Köprüçay River and the magnificent canyon landscape with world-class rafting businesses.

Köprülü Canyon is an entire of professional rafting businesses of international standards. These businesses organize safe and exciting rafting tours for enthusiasts of all levels. You can meet the unique nature of Antalya by rafting in the impressive waters of the Köprüçay River. 

The rafting course in Köprülü Canyon National Park not only offers you the opportunity to have an unforgettable adventure with your loved ones. During this unique experience, you will have the chance to discover the amazing natural beauties of Köprülü Canyon. High canyon walls, lush forests and historical ruins will make this adventurous journey even more special.

Köprülü Canyon National Park, one of the spots where you can have the best rafting experience in Antalya, is one of the most ideal destinations for canoeing activities besides rafting. In this natural wonder, you can accumulate unforgettable memories with rafting or canoeing experiences.

Köprülü Canyon Accommodation

With some of the best rafting facilities in Turkey, as well as spectacular natural beauty and historical monuments dating back to Roman times, Antalya Köprülü Canyon National Park is a destination not to be missed. So, what are the best accommodation options for a trip to Antalya Köprülü Canyon?

There are many luxury hotels in Antalya. These hotels can provide the ultimate Köprülü Canyon experience with their location and the unique services and tours they offer their guests. Calista Luxury Resort, located in Serik district, one of the centers of transportation to Köprülü Canyon, is among these hotels. 

With its ultra-all-inclusive concept, Calista Luxury Resort offers everything for a unique Antalya vacation. With a private beach, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, modern SPA and sports facilities, luxurious restaurants and comfortable rooms, Calista Luxury Resort guarantees unforgettable ultra all-inclusive Antalya rooms for everyone. Staying at this luxury hotel, you will have a magical experience that will make you feel privileged and beyond an ordinary vacation.

Reaching Antalya Köprülü Canyon National Park from Calista Luxury Resort is also effortless. You can visit this magnificent national park with your vehicle, public transportation or daily tours. It takes approximately 1 hour by car from Calista Luxury Resort to Antalya Köprülü Canyon National Park.

Apart from hotels, Köprülü Canyon is also a popular destination for campers. If you are planning a camping vacation in nature, you can camp safely and peacefully in the campsites in Köprülü Canyon.

Places to Visit in Köprülü Canyon

Apart from the Köprülü Canyon rafting and canoeing course, it is home to magnificent natural beauties, cozy villages and ancient cities.

The Köprüçay River offers exquisite views as well as forming the Köprülü Canyon rafting course. While having a picnic in Köprülü Canyon, you can listen to the soothing sound of the wavy waters of the Köprüçay River or take breathtaking nature photos.

You can also visit historical monuments and places such as Selge Ancient City and the historical Eurymedon Bridge in Köprülü Canyon. Selge Ancient City was founded in 547 BC. This ancient city is located in a magnificent valley just east of Köprülü Canyon. There are many historical ruins to visit in the ancient city of Selge. These include the ancient theater, agora (marketplace), city walls, temples and fountains. The structure and design of the town reflect the architectural features of antiquity.

Eurymedon Bridge, located over the unique waters of the Köprüçay River, is an ancient bridge dating back to the 2nd century BC. This bridge, thought to have been built by the Ancient Roman Empire, is exceptionally well preserved and is considered among the unique examples of ancient architecture.

Apart from these, you can explore the surrounding villages in Köprülü Canyon National Park and enjoy local delicacies.

Köprüçay River

The Köprüçay River originates from the foothills of Tahtalı Mountain in the Serik district and flows through the Köprülü Canyon region to reach the Mediterranean Sea. Köprülü Canyon is famous for the river's rapids and impressive canyon landscapes.

This river, named Eurymedon in ancient times, is a top-rated tourist destination with its natural beauty and rafting businesses.

Historical Eurymedon Bridge

Thought to have been built by the Roman Empire in the 2nd century BC, the historic Eurymedon Bridge is an iconic example of the unique ancient architecture of the Mediterranean. Measuring 14 meters long and 3.5 meters wide, this ancient structure was built to connect the different Roman settlements in Pisidia.  The historical Eurymedon draws attention, especially its triangular arched design and solid stone workmanship.

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