Manavgat is a sun-drenched city between the Mediterranean Sea and the Taurus Mountains. Pack your swimsuit and relax on gold-sand beaches, splash in tumbling waterfalls and cruise along the Manavgat River.
Things to do in Manavgat
The Manavgat River flows through the city and has a resplendent turquoise hue. Manavgat Waterfall is just north of the city and cascades five metres down a rocky ledge. Admire the falls from the elevated observation deck and enjoy refreshments at small cafes overlooking the river. The “gozleme” stuffed flatbread is excellent.
Scenic cruises are a great way to see more of the Manavgat River. From the water, you can enjoy fantastic views of the rugged, shrub-covered hills and Taurus Mountains in the distance. Boats stop at calm sections of the river where you can swim, sunbathe on the deck and practice your dives.
Discover 64 kilometres of sandy beaches and turquoise bays. Lively resorts like Kumkoy feature sun lounger and umbrella rentals, as well as sports like beach volleyball and jet skiing. Sip cocktails at beachfront bars and dig into enormous Mediterranean seafood platters.
Shop for beaded jewellery, artisan leather goods hand-woven rugs at Manavgat Bazaar. The open-air market is one of the largest in Antalya. In the food section, you’ll be amazed by towers of colourful spices and sugar-dusted Turkish delight.
Visit Seleucia and walk in the footsteps of Alexander the Great. The ancient city was founded in 305 BC and was once a stronghold of the Seleucid Empire. Walk around the centuries-old ruins and see the remains of residential buildings, as well as temples, churches and a Roman bath.
Getting around Manavgat
Manavgat is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, while taxis are a fast and affordable way to cover longer distances. The city is a one-hour drive from Antalya and 1.5 hours by bus. Antalya Airport is a one-hour drive away.