Nature’s gift to Antalya.
Karain Cave (Karain Mağarası) is located 30 kilometers northwest of Antalya within the borders of Yağca Village. Karain Cave, one of the largest natural caves in Türkiye is 150 meters above the travertine plain in front of it and 430-450 meters above the sea. During the beginning of human history, the cave has been inhabited by people in the Prehistoric Ages starting from early Palaeolith Age, Middle and Late Paleolithic Ages, Neolithic Age, Chalcolithic Age, Early Bronze Age, and Classical Age. As a natural consequence of this it contains a thick cultural deposit of approximately 11 meters. The use of the cave in classical periods is mostly in the form of a votive cave (temple), and there are Greek inscriptions and niches on the cave forehead and outer walls. The archaeological findings obtained from the excavations in the Karain Cave are exhibited in the Antalya Museum (Antalya Mağarası) and the Karain Museum (Karain Müzesi) located near the cave.
Dim Cave is located on the slope of Cebel-i Reis Mountain (Cebel-i Reis Mağarası), 12 kilometers east of Alanya. The cave is 232 meters above sea level. Opened in 1998, the cave is the second largest cave in Türkiye opened to visitors. It is estimated to be one million years old. One of the branches of the cave which runs through the mountain from two separate branches, is 50 meters and the other is 360 meters. There is a small lake at the bottom of the cave, which consists of stalactites and stalagmites. The atmosphere inside the cave which is accessed by stairs, looks like fantastic movie decorations. After the cave tour, it is possible to walk down the slope to Dim Stream Valley (Dim Çayı Vadisi) below. Likewise, you can hike to the cave from the picnic places by the Dim Stream. Panoramic view of Alanya Castle (Alanya Kalesi) can be watched from the slope where the cave is located.
Damlataş Cave (Damlataş Mağarası), in the district center of Alanya, was discovered in 1948 during the quarry for the stone to be used in the construction of the harbor. It is located on the west coast of the historical Alanya Peninsula. There is a 50-meter passage at the entrance of the cave. After the passage of 15 meters in height, a cylindrical void is reached. From here, the floor of the cave is accessed. The stalactites and stalagmites of the cave, which is in semi-crystalline limestone, were formed in 15 thousand years. The cave was named Damlataş (Dropping Stone) because of the drops of water that keep dripping from the stalactites.
Damlataş Cave is famous for its enchanting beauty as well as its recovering air for asthma patients. There are patients who sit in the cave for a certain period under the supervision of a doctor and apply a treatment cure for 21 days. The air of the cave does not change in summer and winter, the temperature is 22 °C, the humidity is 95 percent, and the constant pressure is 760 mm. The air of the cave contains 71 percent nitrogen, 20.5 percent oxygen, 2.5 per ten thousand carbon dioxide and some radioactivity and ions.
Altınbeşik – Düdensuyu
Altınbeşik Cave (Altınbeşik Mağarası) is located on the western slope of the deep and steep Manavgat Valley (Manavgat Vadisi), east of the Ürünlü Village of the İbradı district. The highest point of the cave, which has a total length of 2,500 meters, is 101 meters compared to the entrance. The cave is horizontal and partially active. Since the lower and middle levels of the cave are active from time to time, ponds are generally formed under dry seasons. The upper level remains dry all the time.
The air inside the cave is very humid and its temperature is around 16-18 degrees. The carstic topography of the environment and pine forests create a unique landscape. The water that comes out of the cave relates to Beyşehir Lake (Beyşehir Gölü). Since the water level is high inside the case, the trip in the cave is made with boats.
Located 28 km southwest of Antalya and about 20 km north of Kemer, Beldibi Cave (Beldibi Mağarası) is also a rock shelter. Located 25 meters above the seashore, the cave is the second most important Prehistoric center of Antalya. The cave is an archaeological site that is always open to visitors.
Since the interior of the cave, which is 25 m above the seashore, has been severely damaged today due to natural destruction, the filling layers have been dragged by rainwater and winds.
During the excavations in Beldibi Cave, a total of six layers containing Mesolithic cultures were found and flint tools from the Late Paleolithic and Mesolithic periods were found. There is schematized human, mountain goats and deer pictures on the walls of the rock shelter.
Orange is one of the most important agricultural products of Antalya and one of the natural symbols in the region. Approximately 23% of orange production in Türkiye is made in Antalya.
Every year, usually in April, orange trees bloom and all over Antalya is filled with this unique scent. In fact, the smell of orange blossom fills your lungs even while walking in the city center.
Also known by names such as Wild Rose, Blood Rose, Atlas Flower, Peony Flower is one of the symbols of Antalya. Peonies bloom at the beginning of the summer, they do not like cold weather, they can withstand a certain degree of cold. However, they like the cool winter months, if it is not too cool. Therefore, Antalya provides the Peony Flower with the optimum conditions it requires.
If you happen to be in Antalya at the beginning of summer, you should breathe in the aromatic scent of Peony, which opens in pink tones and creates unique images!