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Manavgat is a town and district of the Antalya Province in Turkey, 72 km from the city of Antalya. The Manavgat River has a waterfall near the town.

Recent researches show that there is a civilization in the region till Paleolithic age to nowadays. Karatay-Semahüyük excavations add new info about Bronze Age. Until 1946 there were not any efficient excavations so that objective info was deficient and existing were only mythical possibilities. First serious searches at the Selevkia were not sufficient because of the technical and economical causes. Today’s Manavgat lies on east of old Pamphylia which was bathed Taurus Mountains, Mediterranean, Alara Stream and Köprü Stream. Word means of Pamphylia is multilingual, several tribes and tribes country.
Byzantium author Etienne noted that name Pamphylia comes from daughter of Ionian Raphyos Manto. Region history derived from Greek myths. There are rumors that Michel colonies came to Pamphylia coasts but there is not any evidence to show that rumor. 7000-8000 BC’s attested first settled actions that city named Pihaselis. Side was the second city that settled in. 50.000 years old live in Karain cave signals that can be civilization lived Manavgat region where is only 2-3 days away from there. Historic remains, structures from museum guide us to gain info about era. Early Paleolithic era relics managed to survey nowadays.

The town Manavgat, which is 76 km far from the province Antalya. was founded on the plain that lies on both sides of the River Manavgat. The city center is 4 km far from the shore of the Mediterranean. The Northern part of the town is bordered by the Taurus Mountains covered with beautiful forests.

The river Manavgat, which flows through the town, gives the plain fertility and richness. The Manavgat Waterfall and its delta are the most important natural richness of the town. The other natural beauties of the region in the South are the Sorgun Forest with pine trees and the lake “Titreyengöl”, which was formed by alluvions that filled the delta of the River Manavgat.

In the Northern part of the river Manavgat there is the Lake of Oymapınar Dam. It was built in the deep valley of the river in the Taurus Mountains. The Dam and its surroundings have a unique beauty. The region is one of the places for Jeep Safaris the plain of Manavgat, which is 2500 m2. is the most fertile plain of the province Antalya and is suitable for growing cotton, wheat, barley and 45 different kinds of fruit and vegetables.

Fruit and vegetables growing in greenhousees in an important from of farming in the region. Greenhouse flowering has also improved recently. In the far East of the plain bananas are grown in the gardens. Trout and shrimps are bred in some parts of the river. During the recent years parallel to the growth of tourism, losts of modern hotel motels and holiday villages have been built in the region o Sorgun and Titreyengöl.

The history of the town is known to be very old and it is believed that the name Manavgat comesfrom the word “Munouwa” in the old language of luwi, meaning temple of matrilineal Goddess.

The place was supposed to be used as the sacred area of the Antique cities Seleukeia and Side in different periods.

There is not any clear evidence that shows date of the establishment of present Manavgat. First settlements can be dated back to 150-200 years ago. It also can be shown at the documents that Manavgat was two sided river city.

There were also three houses that belonged to Aghas and two stable, quite many roofs for Yoruks to winter. Two horsedrawn carriages were the only wheeled vehicles of those days.Manavgat Rauf Denktaş Köprüsü Transportation was possible with boats because of there was not any bridge. Sewers of the Manavgat all was left to the river. Muck mounds rounded every Yoruk roof. These conditions made Manavgat unviable city with pernicious of mosquitoes and houseflies 50 years ago.

The worst side of these conditions was the reality of drinking water that gathered from river that harbored dirt from midden and sewer. Septic tank areas of residential set up after government officials recognized the matter. River’s pollution banned by the officials because that was impossible to debar community from drinking river water. It was more functional than dig for a well and also cheaper.



These conditions continued until Municipal Corporation built a water network. Waiter used very glare methods when he offered a tea to customers those days. After war against natural conditions, Manavgat’s population grew at 1960’s. Recent years Manavgat become a center of tourism which attract millions of people all around the world. Some visitors settled here and population grows faster nowadays. With the support of the government and local administration, Manavgat became comfortable city.

There is also a big bridge at the heart of the city which construction started at 1931 and finished 1938. Manavgat deserve to become a province after high economic factors and cultural levels.



With 64 kilometres of hot, sunny coastline, much of it sandy beaches, with a long river and the waterfall, well-protected countryside including mountains and forests, Manavgat has an important tourist industry. There is plenty of accommodation on the coastline and many places to explore including historical sites, rivers, streams and caves.

And there is the sea itself including the odd experience of swimming from fresh water into the salt sea at the rivermouth. Predictably the cuisine includes fish from the Mediterranean.

The huge influx of visitors every year is changing the shape of traditionally conservative Manavgat considerably; there are bars, discos, and all kinds of youth culture which 20 years ago would have been unthinkable. The villages of Kumköy and Ilıca on the coast are particularly lively.

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