You may see firsthand the natural splendour of that Side and the Altinbesik Cave in Side, which will help you understand why the Turkish Mediterranean is so well-known. This area is a haven for those who enjoy jogging, climbing, trekking, and camping. A river, a waterfall, and subterranean lakes may be found at various cave levels. The name of the cave comes from the mountain with the same name, which is where it is located. You may pass via the towering 40-meter cave within. The lakes and waterfall in the lower level of the cave provide intrigue and the stalagmites and stalactites in the top level keep it dry. They give the cave its amazing aspect, together with white, solid travertine that rises forty meters high.
Once you reach the starting point of a wonderful, cheerful hike through forested and hilly terrain, you have the option of strolling along the routes lined with magnificent greenery. You’ll detect the strong, seductive scent of thyme, lemurs, and laurel trees. After studying the location on a map, you may enjoy the stunning scenery, landscapes, and sightseeing while taking the Altinbesik cave trip from Side. You may always ask a tour guide who speaks English if you have any queries about the specifics of the area.
Many myths, lovely folklore and historical truths will be told to you. The route will continue to take travellers to an observation platform where they may obtain a breathtaking view of the Green Lake, an artificial reservoir with dams that is 1200 meters tall. It is situated in a canyon and is so named because of the luxuriant flora on the mountainside slopes and the algae, which imparts its colour to the water and gives it an emerald hue. The route is designed to provide you with the chance to witness how Turkish peasants live and what villages were like in the past, making the trip more unforgettable.
During lunch in the hamlet, where you may indulge in delectable sweets, sip strong coffee or fragrant fresh tea, and simply unwind from the road, you can build up your strength for the following step. A group of visitors and a tour leader are put onto boats to start the “Altinbesik Cave Tour from Side.” You’ll learn how the hole in the rock occurred and when the lake was formed beneath.
The mind will be especially astonished by the fantastical visions produced by the sparkling stalagmites and stalactites in direct sunlight. A trek may be found in an old mosque constructed more than six centuries ago. The architecture is classic in style.
As a result, you will be able to discover the region’s colour and culture, traditions and customs firsthand. Altnbesik Cave National Park is one of Antalya’s undiscovered and alluring natural wonders. It draws a great number of visitors each year and is Turkey’s largest subterranean lake.
The Altnbesik Cave National Park is situated on the western side of the extremely steep Manavgat Valley, 678 meters above sea level. Scrub and wetlands fill the valley where Altnbeşik Cave is located. In the vicinity of Altnbeşik National Park, mountains and caverns are exceptionally prevalent. Altnbeşik Cave is unquestionably the first attraction to view in the national park. Manavgat Valley’s natural splendours will undoubtedly stay in your mind.
Let’s look at what you can accomplish in the cave and the adjacent settlement. On your journey to Altnbeşik National Park, you may stop at the settlement of Ormana and take a look around. It’s a charming little community with typical regional construction. The Akseki villages in the Antalya Province are heavily populated with these distinctive architectural buildings.
Button homes are buildings made completely of materials found around (wood and stone). Button homes have been around for over 300 years. Three floors were built up in the cave, one on top of the other. While the topmost level is always dry, the lowest and intermediate levels are active during the wet season.
The Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, which also runs tour boats to Altnbeşik Cave, has a small café that is accessible. You enter the cave using boats because it is on the water. A 15-minute boat ride across the turquoise-coloured pond is required. The lake’s depth can occasionally reach 15 meters. In the centre of the lake is a bridge constructed from a chunk of natural rock. A 44-meter-long hall is enclosed by an almost vertical travertine wall at the end of this lake.
The cave has a high humidity level and an average temperature of 17 degrees. Stalactites and stalagmites are seen in various locations. Only in the summer and fall can you go into the cave. The cave is totally submerged in water that comes from the stream in the winter and spring. The cave spontaneously shuts throughout certain seasons as a result. Since 1994, Altnbeşik Cave has been regarded as one of the most significant caves in the entire globe. Beyşehir Lake is connected to the water that emerges from the cave.
One of the longest and largest karst systems in the world, with a length of more than 100 kilometres, it contains a very sizable subterranean water system. It travels 200 meters from the cave’s entrance to its bottom level. The river, which is situated in the lower and intermediate levels, is crucial for maintaining the water level. It was found in 1966 while surveys were being done in the area for the Oymapnar Dam. The hill at the summit, Altnbeşik, gave it its name. Visitors could enter in 1994.
Altinbesik Cave Tour from Side cost (price) 49 € for adults, 29 € for children 4 between 10 years old and children under 4 years old are free.
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What do you need to bring with you?
Hat, Sun Cream, Sunglasses, Camera, Comfortable Shoes.
This all-day adventure starts in the morning. You will be picked up from your accommodation in Side in a brand-new, fully air-conditioned bus for your convenience. You will be greeted inside the bus by a knowledgeable tour guide who will also go over the last-minute itinerary information with you.
You’ll visit the Greek Canyon on this outing. Due to its commanding location and elevation of 1250 meters, it provides views of the Oymapinari dam. You will undoubtedly be impressed by the beautiful tranquillity and the abundant vegetation. Remember to snap pictures while you are there.
Three floors were built up in the cave, one on top of the other. While the topmost level is always dry, the lowest and intermediate levels are active during the wet season. You enter the cave using boats because it is on the water. A 15-minute boat ride across the turquoise-coloured pond is required. The lake’s depth can occasionally reach 15 meters. In the centre of the lake is a bridge constructed from a chunk of natural rock. A 44-meter-long hall is enclosed by an almost vertical travertine wall at the end of this lake.
The cave has a high humidity level and an average temperature of 17 degrees. Stalactites and stalagmites are seen in various locations. Only in the summer and fall can you go into the cave. The cave is submerged in water from the stream in the winter and spring. The cave spontaneously shuts throughout certain seasons as a result.
Stops to several of the Taurus Mountains’ ancient communities are also on the program. You will especially go to the towns of Brad, Ormana, and Sarhaclar. The villages’ deeply ingrained customs and distinctive architectural design make them well-liked tourist attractions. You may explore the area and see the infamous buttoned houses there. Their skeletons are constructed of wood and don’t contain any cement.
Altinbesik Cave National Park is 678 meters above sea level on the western slope of the very steep Manavgat Valley. The valley where Altınbeşik Cave is located is covered with scrub and swamps. Mountains and caves are unusually common in the area around Altınbeşik National Park.
The first place to see in the national park is Altınbeşik Cave. The natural beauties you find in Manavgat Valley will, for sure, leave a mark in your memory. Let’s take a look at the details of what you can do in the village nearby and in the cave itself.
Return: This all-day outing ends in the late afternoon. The bus will begin returning you to Alanya by the time you reach your final stop. When you return to your hotel, you’ll be filled with beautiful memories and uplifting emotions.
Any drinks you decide to buy, as well as any extras like presents or snacks besides lunch, will be charged extra.
First, wear appropriate footwear because parts of the walkways will be cobblestone or grassy.
If you are travelling during the height of the summer, bring your sunglasses, hat, and sun cream.
Do remember to bring some cash for personal expenses as well as a coat or sweater for chilly days.
Don’t forget to pack your camera since there are so many picture possibilities on this magnificent country’s excursions, both of the historic and contemporary variety, that you won’t want to miss.
The Altinbesik Cave Tour from Side costs 49 € for adults, 29 € for children 4 between 10 years old and children under 4 years old are free.