Discover Antalya, home of Koprulu Canyon
Koprulu Canyon National Park is a paradise of the world, the country's most popular rafting area. The national park is perfect for hiking, or to explore the ancient ruins, or just to enjoy the dramatic Mediterranean scenery.
Koprulu Canyon National Park is at the middle of many natural beauties in a fertile valley. Koprulu Canyon continues for 14 km along with the Koprucay River, reaching a maximum height of 400 m.
Oluk Bridge on Koprucay River and Bugrum Bridge on Kocadere Stream are noteworthy samples of Roman engineering. Oluk Bridge was built 27 m above the canyon by using stone blocks and overlapping technique. The bridge dates back to the 2nd century AD.
Koprulu Canyon National Park has a rich flora including red pine, black pine, cedar, fir, oak varieties and wild olives. Koprulu Canyon National Park also hosts the largest cypress forest of Asia minor.
Selge Antique City and Bozburun Mountain are located within the limits of national park. Oluk Bridge or Beskonak town is where the raftsmen get in the river for rafting in Koprucay River. Village kind guest houses are available in the area.
Koprulu Canyon is one of the longest canyons in Turkey, also the country's most popular rafting area. Koprucay River is famous with its salmon trouts. Cypress, cedar, red pine and black pine trees form the ecosystem of the area, and the Mediterranean cypress forest, at 400 hectares wide, is the most significant flora characteristic in this national park of Turkey.
Both sides surrounded with steep and impossible hills, while underground sources feed Koprucay River forming one of the most striking natural areas in Turkey. Rafting starts 100 m below Oluk Bridge where the river is calm and offers a side pocket. Amateurs row in the counter direction to familiarize themselves with the technique and arrive at the bridge.
Koprulu Canyon National Park, declared in 1973 as a national park, covers of 35.719 hectares. The park is in the mountains 49 km northeast of Antalya. Koprulu Kanyon National Park is in the Manavgat district of the Antalya province. The road along the coast from Antalya to Manavgat then passes through Tasagil and Beskonak.
Manavgat River, Manavgat, Antalya
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