In addition to centuries-old ruins, ancient cities, and picturesque beaches, the Antalya province also boasts a number of idyllic natural wonders.
National parks with their impressive waterfalls, underground lakes, and steep canyons with wild rivers are very popular destinations, especially on hot summer days. Visit these national parks and be enchanted by the rich natural beauty of Antalya.
In this article, you will find a list with all 5 national parks in the Antalya region, as well as a bonus tip.
1. Köprülü Canyon National Park
Köprülü Canyon National Park is one of the most popular attractions in the Antalya region. It's famous for Köprülü Canyon and its exciting outdoor activities. You can go river kayaking, take a 14-km rafting tour on the Köprücay River, go swimming, camping, and trekking. Jeep and bike safaris, as well as horse back riding, while enjoying the view of the Taurus Mountains, are also popular options.
Another interesting fact is that the ruins of the ancient city of Selge are located in the national park, as well as Oluk Bridge from the Roman period.
- Address: Köprülü Kanyon Milli Parkı, Bozyaka, 07550 Manavgat/Antalya
Read more in our guide: Visit Köprülü Canyon in Antalya: Access and Tips
2. Altınbeşik Cave National Park
Altınbeşik Cave National Park in the steep Manavgat Valley lies 678 meters above sea level. It's home to rich wildlife and will captivate you with its natural beauty and fascinating cave system.
The most famous attraction here is Altınbeşik Cave, the third largest underground lake in the world. You can discover the hidden cave and its turquoise lake on a boat tour that will sail you along the cave's stalagmites, stalactites, and travertine. Another popular sight in the area are the“Buttoned Houses” in Ormana Village, some of which are 300 years old.
- Address: Altınbeşik Mağarası Milli Parkı, İbradı/Antalya
3. Olympos Beydağları National Park
Olympos Beydağları National Park, also known as Beydaglari Beach National Park, located in Kemer, is a 34,425 ha national park. Ancient cities hidden in these mountains combined with interesting limestone and serpentine rock formations, make it a very fascinating place to visit.
You can combine sightseeing in ancient cities like Phaselis and Olympos with a trip to this natural beauty. There are a lot of activities that you can do in this landscape, which is home to Göynük Canyon, including paragliding, mountain climbing, canyoning, camping, and trekking.
- Address: Olympos Beydağları Milli Parki, Arslanbucak, 07980 Kemer/Antalya
4. Güllük Mountain Termessos National Park
The 6700-hectare Güllük Mountain Termessos National Park is situated about 35 km from the city center of Antalya. The park's highlight is Güllük Mountain in the heart of the national park, where the well-preserved remains of the ancient city of Termessos are located. Around the ancient city you will come across geological formations such as valleys, hills, and deep gorges, like Mecene Gorge. The impressive mountain scenery and the rich flora and fauna with rare species of wild animals make the national park a beautiful place for a walk in nature or for a picnic.
- Address: Güllük Dağı Termessos Milli Parkı, Güllük Dağı/Antalya
5. Saklıkent Canyon National Park
Although Saklıkent Canyon National Park between Antalya and Muğla is strictly speaking in the Muğla province, it's on to our list because of its proximity and natural beauty. It was named after the 300 m deep Saklıkent Canyon, one of the main attractions in southwestern Turkey.
You can discover this hidden paradise with its plateaus rich in pine trees and natural springs or visit the ancient cities of Tlos and Letoon. Activities such as rafting, mountain climbing, and trekking are also possible. Saklıkent Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world, awaits you with rapids, ice-cold water, natural formations, mud ponds, and sheer rock walls rising up to 700 meters into the sky.
- Address: Saklıkent Milli Parkı, Kayadibi, 48300 Seydikemer/Muğla
Bonus: Kurşunlu Waterfall Nature Park
20 kilometers northeast of Antalya hides a picturesque oasis. Kurşunlu Nature Park will enchant you with a spectacular waterfall that plunges about 12 meters into the depths. Surrounded by beautiful waterfall scenery, pine forests, and twisting lianas, you can walk along the trails and explore the area or have a relaxing picnic and rest.
- Address: Kurşunlu Şelalesi Tabiat Parkı, Kurşunlu, Kursunlu Şelalesi, 07119 Aksu/Antalya
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