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Manavgat Travel Guide for the Most Beautiful Sights and Activities

Our Manavgat Travel Guide contains the most popular places, additional travel advice ideas, travel articles, and the greatest things to see and do in Manavgat, Turkey that should not be missed! . We’ve gathered a list of the most popular tours in Manavgat Turkey, ranging from the excursions included in every guidebook to the lesser-known local secrets.

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Manavgat Travel Guide

Are you looking for a little bit of everything in one resort? Do you like a splash of culture, a bit of old-town charm, and stylish dining options for those romantic dinners by the sea? If this sounds like your lucky spot, check out Manavgat, Turkey!

In this holiday resort, you’ll stroll through an ancient site in the old town, dotted with inviting restaurants and cafes surrounded by ruins and enjoying sea views. Manavgat is unique in that you can shop while culture hopping among the ruins over 2,000 years old.

The Story Behind Manavgat, Turkey

It was almost inevitable that Manavgat would thrive as one of Pamphylia’s most important cities. The port city dates back to the Bronze Age when locals spoke sidetan. A language developed from Luwian, the language spoken by the people of southwest Anatolia in the Bronze Age. The Side, Manavgat Museum shows some inscriptions from this period. Side means pomegranate in Luwian, and we can imagine that the plains where many all-inclusive resorts are located today used to be pomegranate fields.

The Manavgat was founded in 540 BC. Persians, Alexander the Great, Macedonians, Ptolemyans, and Seleucids were ruled successively by Persians, and the Seleucids, before they died in 67 B.C., entered Roman rule. During this period, the city prospered and became the region’s capital and the Roman Navy’s base. The town continued to expand during the early Byzantine period. The decline began from the 7th century A.D. during the Arab raids and was abandoned in the 13th century after the Seljuk takeover. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that people settled back in Manavgat, and it slowly developed into the tourist spot it is today.