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Manavgat Beach; Turkey

Updated: May 25, 2023

Manavgat Turkey is a wonderful mix of seaside beaches, top-notch eateries, and some of the best bee honey in the Mediterranean region.

Manavgat Falls

One of our first stops when we moved to Turkey, was the lovely Marnavgat, Turkey. We helped sponsor the Dekafok Turtle Rescue Center and are more than proud of Sahir and her work with the conservation of the beaches and Sealife there.

Two years ago, a couple from the UK, Chris & Maryanne from the YouTube channel "Tread the Globe" met a lady living in a tent on a beach named Sahir. Through Google Translate, they made conversation work and were instantly driven to help this woman. You see, Sahir had been on the beach with her young son, and seen a dead sea turtle that had been run over by illegal beach joy riders. At this point, she vowed to protect the sea turtles and clean that beach up. Since then the Tread the Globe tribe has been joined by dozens of other YouTube channels to help promote Sahir's efforts. Those efforts raised over $30000. for the Dekafok center, and Sahir has been a force of nature ever since! If you go to this magical city, make sure to stop by and have her teach you (she speaks much better English now) All about the rescue center and how much it means to the turtles and the community.

"The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble" Blaise Pascal


Manaia, which was the episcopal office in Noticias, was mentioned in the 6th century, and was last seen in 1199 in the form of Manavğat (Armenian), and remained as an administrative unit during the Ottoman period. Today's district center was formed by the merger of Pazarcı and Dusenbe villages on opposite sides of the Manavgat River. It is thought that the ancient cities of Side (Selimiye Village) and Selge (Altınkaya Village) were founded in the 6th century BC. Manavgat was under the rule of the Seljuks in 1220 and the Ottoman Empire in 1472. Sultan Alaattin Keykubat named the city he conquered in 1221 Alaiyye.

Manavgat downtown back streets

Thousands of tourists come to the district every year. Tourism is the business line that creates the most employment in the district.

Tourism in the district is highly developed with 64 kilometers of coastline and Manavgat Waterfall, special environmental protection areas, and holiday villages.

Manavgat Beach down the coastline


Manavgat town is located in Antalya Turkey, and although there is neither magnificent scenery nor incredible watercolors, there is a rich history and friendly locals in every way! And of course, the unique spirit of the seaside, which cannot be hidden! Once you have visited this place, you will remember the impressions for a long time!

Head into the hills for a beautiful ride into the "Secret Paradise" (it's on Google Maps) and find the cute little waterfalls and some of the very best Bee Honey in the world! We had an ice cream here but the place was out of season so no food. It was still a magnificent walk up the rickety staircase along the mountainside until you reached the wonder of the top pond. In season they have swans up here!

My favorite beach area was Camici Beach. Super nice sandy beach with crystal clear water. not too much wind for some weird reason compared to a lot of the beaches in the area, and cleaner too. Great parking and services in the area. There is one caveat. The hotels think they own some parts of the beach. I am a little bit bold, so I just walk right in like I own the place. Just for reference, it's not legal to own a beach in Turkey. The law here specifically states that the beaches are the property of the Turkish people. You can stick to the rest of the beach as well if you aren't up for disputing this.

Resort filled beaches are annoying

The outlying area of interest;


One of the closest and best places to wander around in the ruins is Side. (pronounced See-day)

Side is magnificent and fun to walk around in.

The name "Side" means " Pomegranate " in Anatolian language. This feature and the information obtained from some inscriptions in the document show that the history of Side dates back to the Hittites. However, it is also said that Side, one of the oldest settlements in Anatolia, was founded before the 7th century BC. During Anatolian history, Side went through the same stages as the other Pamphylia cities. The Greeks came to Side during the 7th century BC migrations. According to the inscriptions, they spoke a language specific to the city until the 3rd century BC. This language, which is still not fully deciphered, is an Indo-European language. Side was conquered by the Lydians in the first half of the 6th century BC, and by the Persians in 547-546, BC came under its rule. The city, which developed under Persian rule, was surrendered to Alexander in 334 BC. After Alexander's death, Antigonus was archived on March 6, 2008 (323-304). Ptolemies (301-215). After 215 BC, it came under the control of the Kingdom of Syria. The city, which lived its heyday thanks to the powerful war and trade fleets of the Ptolemies in the 2nd century BC. was eventually turned into a science and culture center.

Side entrance point is where you can find the little trains.

Side is full of little shops with everything from designer purses (beware of fakes), high-end jewelers, and everything else you can think of including some of the most beautiful Turkish rugs you have ever seen!

As you enter Side, you will find to the left a bunch of trains to take you down through the town and can get off at many stops.

The Sellers are pushy up by the trains but if you do buy something, please don't forget to haggle the price! They expect it and it's actually fun if you get the hang of it.

The ruins, like many others in Turkey, are free roam. Which means you can climb all over them as you like. My "Billy goat" husband took full advantage of this and I lost him for about an hour, but the ruins wrap around in a semi-circle so eventually we found each other again.

There are dozens of day/dinner/sunset cruises to take out on the water. Don't forget to haggle the price down a little bit. ask for "en iyi fiyat" which means the best price will be a phrase to practice before coming here.

Don't miss a selfie with the Temple of Apollo!

Built around 150 A.D. during the Pax Romana era in the ancient Carian town of Side, in southern Turkey on the Mediterranean Sea coast and dedicated to Apollo, the Greek and Roman god of music, harmony, and light.

The Temple of Apollo dates back to the time of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius (r. 138–161).

Between 1984 and 1990, the five columns, which remained standing side by side over centuries, and the capitals were restored. As the concrete base carrying the columns started to wear down, and the iron bars inside the columns came to the surface affected by weather conditions, restoration works were carried out in 2017. The broken parts of the columns were repaired with the same material used during the restoration in the 1980s.

The Temple of Apollo

Side photo's by Buzancar - Yükleyenin kendi çalışması, CC BY-SA 4.0,



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