The Turquoise Coast Sights

Selge and Köprülü Kanyon

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Published 07/06/2016

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Just east of Aspendos, a turnoff leads north to Köprülü Kanyon (a popular spot for white-water rafting) and the ruins of Selge. Just before Beşkonak (30 km/18 miles), the road splits and one branch crosses the river, passing the pleasant riverside Selge and Perge restaurants. After 10 km (6 miles), the two roads meet again at the start of the canyon proper—you'll drive over a remarkably well-preserved Roman bridge. There are dozens of raft operators on the river; the Selge and Perge restaurants have local rafting guides as well. From here you head another 15 km (9 miles) up a steep road through rock formations to the town of Zelve, the site of the Roman city of Selge. Just before you reach town, take the left turn and the impressive Roman theater will soon come into view. Most visitors are happy to clamber over the theater, but from the top you can see the ruins of the city itself on the hill opposite. The area is part of the St Paul's trail hike. If you'd like to explore with a local guide, call Adem Bahar (535/762–8116), whose tours are about 100 TL per group.

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Köprülü kanyon Milli Parki, Antalya, Turkey

Published 07/06/2016


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