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Duden Waterfalls (Duden Selalesi)
Lara Cd. No:457, Çaglayan Mahallesi, Antalya
Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Duden Waterfalls are a popular picnic spot and day-trip from Antalya. Behind the falls, you’ll find a natural cave that is popular with swimmers. Combine a trip to the falls with a visit to Antalya Old Town to admire ancient sites like Hadrian’s Gate and the Yivli Minare Mosque. Some tours also include a cruise along the Mediterranean or a trip to the ancient ruins of Termessos and Perge.
Things to Know Before You Go
Remember to bring swimwear, sun protection, and bottled water to the falls.
Duden Park, which surrounds the falls, also contains restaurants and picnic tables.
Some tours are wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Duden Waterfalls are about 8.5 miles (14 kilometers) southeast of Antalya, in the coastal district of Muratpaşa: Take Burhanettin Onat Cd/Metin Kasapoglu Cd./İsmet Gökşen Cd./Bülent Ecevit Blv. to 2102 Sk, which goes directly to Duden Park. The drive from the city takes about 15 minutes. Once at the park, head towards the sea; the waterfalls are on the east end. You can also reach Duden Falls on one of the public buses that leaves from the Markantalya shopping mall.
When to Get There
The waterfalls are open all day. Because they are nearly open to the sea and are lit, they are also lovely to visit at night. High tourist season in Antalya is during the summer (June–August) and during Easter week. To skip the crowds, visit in the fall, when the weather is still warm and the crowds have left, or in the spring (specially in May), when the flowers are in full bloom.
The Ruins of Perge
North of the falls, just past Antalya, is the city of Perge (Perga). Founded during the Bronze Age, Perge was settled by the Hittites circa 1500 BC, and when the Romans came to the area, the metropolis rose to become one of the most beautiful cities in the ancient world. Visit to see the excavated areas, which include a sprawling theater with marble reliefs, a 12-000-capacity stadium, an agora, public baths, and more.
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