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Manavgat Waterfall

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Distance is 12 Km (18 Min) from Sunis Kumköy Beach Resort Hotel & Spa.  
As it advances towards the sea after passing through Oymapinar dam, Manavgat stream which descends from the Toros mountains forms this waterfall. This waterfall presents a place of rare beauty for the lovers of the nature and has a quite high flow rate. In summer and winter with its very green environment, the waterfall lets the visitors have a very nice rest and picnic, use boats on the river and enjoy the boat tours.
To reach Manavgat waterfall one advances 4 km along before Manavgat a road separating from Antalya-Manavgat highway.
The oldest name of the town and river established near this river is Manauwa in Luwi language but today this name is being used with a slight change of pronunciation. In Hellen Roman period its name was Melas.

Apollo Temple : Where Anthony and Cleopatra Met

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Distance is 7 Km (15 Min) from Sunis Kumköy Beach Resort Hotel & Spa.  
A visit to the ruins of the Apollo Temple makes for a fascinating experience for lovers of romance and history. It is believed to be the place where Anthony met Cleopatra; he presented the Apollo Temple as a token of his love and devotion to her.
Even without the romantic angle, the Apollo Temple is a magnificent work of architecture dating back to 2nd century AD. What made it different from other temples of that era, is its antechamber which had a pair of massive Corinthian columns.  It was built in honor of Apollo, the god of light and music.

Koprulu Canyon (Turkish: Köprülü Kanyon)

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Distance is 63 Km (60 Min) from Sunis Kumköy Beach Resort Hotel & Spa.
Köprülü Canyon (Turkish: Köprülü Kanyon) is a canyon and a National Park in the Province of Turkey.
Covering an area of 366 km2 (141 sq mi), it was established as a national park by the Ministry of Forest on December 12, 1973.
The canyon is 400 m (1,300 ft) deep in some places and stretches for 14 km (8.7 mi) along the Köprü River. At the resting area, there are fish restaurants offering delicious food especially fresh trout. The Roman Oluklu Bridge over the canyon and the Bugrum Bridge over the Kocadere stream were engineering feats of their time.
Koprulu Canyon  is thickly covered in cedar trees and its resemblance to the fairy chimneys; of Cappadocia, albeit in the from of nature, is striking. The ancient stone bridge straddling the Kopru stream is still in use today.
The is ideal for rafting and camping, with trees along one side of the bank. It forms a valley between the villages of Bolasan and Beskonak, the walls of which are as high as 100 m, and at 14 km is the longest canyon in Turkey. Pine, cypress and cedar trees form the ecosystem of the area, and the Mediterranean cypress forest, at 400 hectares wide, is the most significant flora characteristic in the park. Hunting in the area has meant that the number of species of animals has decreased, and now the most significant wildlife includes deer, mountain goats, bears, foxes, wolves, rabbits and badgers. There are plenty of trout in various branches of the River Koprulu. Apart from the natural beauty, other places of interest include the ruins of the Roman city of, 12 km away.The site still has the remains of a theatre, agora, temples of Zeus and Artemis, and cisterns. The Oluk and Bugrum bridges connect the remains of the ancient stone road connecting Selge to Pamphlia.

Aspendos Ancient City and Theater

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Aspendos Theater- Distance is 29 Km (30 Min) from Sunis Kumköy Beach Resort Hotel & Spa.
The ancient city of Aspendos is situated 4 km from Antalya-Alanya highway and almost in the middle of this highway. The city is founded near Koprucay ( Eurymedon ). The ships were able to reach the city from the sea owing to this stream which was used as a canal in the ancient time. Today the city is 15 km. from the sea. Aspendos Theater has survived to our day fairly undamaged and Aspendos became famous with this theater.
This structure with an extraordinarily perfect acoustics hosts every year international and local concerts and festivals.
The king of Aspendos announces that he will organize a competition to see who will serve much for the city and says that the winner will marry with his daughter. The artisans who hear this immediately start studying. Finally when the deadline comes, the king analyses everyone’s effort one by one and chooses two candidates. First candidate successes to bring water to the city from far corners of the city by the help of water canals.
The second candidate builds a theatre. When the king is about to decide on the first candidate he wants to analyse theatre for the last time. While he is walking about the top floor of the gallery he hears a voice calling from deep and continuously saying: “the daughter of the king must be mine”. Amazed by the event he searches for the voice but is unable to find where it comes from. This person is absolutely the architect of the theatre who is so proud of the acoustic of his masterpiece and talking on the scene in a feeble pipe. At the end, the architect wins the beautiful daughter and the wedding ceremony is held on this theatre.
This story is about the most important antique work of Aspendos, Aspendos Antique Theatre.
Going to the eastward of Antalya, one can reach Serik Borough in 39 km, and from there to Eurymedon river in 7 km. Aspendos, situated near Eurymedon river is founded by Aka civilization in 10 BC. and is one of the richest cities of the antique age. The theatre in here is built up by Roman in 2 AC. The city is founded upon two hills one is small and one is huge.
The amphitheatre in Aspendos, that is wanted to be conquered by many for ages since being connected to Kucukcay river to the harbour is the one which is most secured till today and therefore is an important open-air theatre.
This theatre is the most ancient and solid sample of the Roman Theatres in Anatolia. On an epitaph on the south parados it is written that the theatre was built by the architect Zeno, the son of an Aspendian called Theodoros in the reign of Marcus Aurelius (161-180 AC). According to this epigraph, Aspendian people appreciated Zeno and awarded him with a great garden near the stadium.
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