Trekking in Köprülü Canyon - Turkey
Koprulu Canyon National Park Trekking :
Köprülü Kanyon is one of Turkey's largest national parks. St.
Paul walked through here, and it's possible to follow his path
hiking. It is also home to Selge, a Roman city, about which
little is known. It was famous for its storax, a medicinal balm,
and remained populated until Byzantine times.
Daily walking tours are great for getting rid of the stress and feeling the natural life in clean air. The starting point of our walking tour is the ancient city of Selge which was established in the 5th century BC. You have to pass narrow and steep abysses to reach Selge, laying naturally safe and difficult to climb in the southern skirts of the Taurus. As you ascend, you will be overwhelmed with the breathtaking views of the canyons, the valley buried by the fountains, the Köprüçay river flowing and twisting, and the Toka mountain right in front of you. The hiking trail starts in the village of Zerk where all ancient ruins situated and follows near the theatre, temples and cisterns of the ancient city and then continues right into the path of Rock Garden among the amazingly beauiful rock formations. There are lots of nice subjects to shoot photos. This walk in which history, nature and adventure are combined will greatly please you both the physical as well as spiritually. The walk ends with a swimming break at the Bügrüm Bridge which dates back to Roman Age. Participants freshen in the water reserves of Beskonak and enjoy getting soaked under the falls of cooling Koprulu natural resources.
Köprülü Canyon (Turkish: Köprülü Kanyon) is a canyon and a
National Park in the Province of Antalya, Turkey. Covering an
area of 366 km2 (141 sq mi), it was established as a national
park by the Ministry of Forest on December 12, 1973.
The canyon is 400 m (1,300 ft) deep in some places and stretches for 14 km (8.7 mi) along the Köprü River. At the resting area, there are fish restaurants offering delicious food especially fresh trout. The Roman Oluklu Bridge ( Olukluköprü ) over the canyon and the Bugrum Bridge over the Kocadere stream were engineering feats of their time.
The site still has the remains of a theatre, agora, temples of Zeus and Artemis, and cisterns. The Oluk and Bugrum bridges connect the remains of the ancient stone road connecting Selge to Pamphlia.
Facililities: The River Koprulu is an important area for watersports, and is ideal for rafting. Camping is also popular along the shady riverbanks, and there is food available.
Koprulu Canyon National Park is located nearby Turkish Riviera's famous holiday vilages as Belek, Side, Alanya, Kemer, Manavgat, Antalya...If you are planning to spend holiday in Turkish Riviera ( South of Turkey ), this unique canyon / park is one of the major place you must absolutely visit during your stay.
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