Manavgat, Turkey

Manavgat, in the Antalya region of Turkey, is a very popular holiday destination. It is located inland on the Manavgat River but is still within easy reach of the sea and some beautiful beaches. The town of Side is nearby and Antalya and Alanya are also pretty close. There are watersports at most of the beaches and at Antalya there is the Aqua park which is great fun for all the family.

Manavgat itself is in a lovely setting on the riverside and the surrounding area is given over to agricultural land. It is still very scenic countryside, however, with lots of waterfalls, pools and caves. Manavgat Waterfalls are a in a lovely spot and you can sit and relax there in a café or take a stroll in the foothills of the Taurus mountains and enjoy some of the nature of the area.

In Manavgat there is a choice of hotels or pensions to stay at. There are plenty of restaurants here, some of them on the riverside which is the perfect setting to bring out the romantic in you. After your meal you if you are in the mood for more, you can go to one of the late bars or discos in the town. Or if you fancy venturing further afield then the villages of Llika and Kumkoy on the coast, both offer some lively nightlife.

There is a market held every week in Manavgat and people come from far and wide to visit it. The market is a great place to pick up bargains and you can get some good deals on leather goods, jewelry and rugs. It is also good for souvenirs. You can buy local gifts from the shops in town as well and there are a few bigger shops to browse around too.