Koprulu Canyon National Park: Rafting in a Historical River


Koprulu Canyon (in Turkish Köprülü Kanyon) National Park is a paradise of the world, the country’s most popular rafting area. The national park is perfect for hiking, or to explore the ancient ruins, or just to enjoy the dramatic Mediterranean scenery.

Location Of Koprulu Kanyon National Park

Koprulu Kanyon National Park is in the Manavgat district of the Antalya province. Northeast of Antalya on the Side road take the turn off for Tasagil and Beskonak (Beşkonak), for the beautiful circular, scenic route that leads to the National Park.

It is declared in 1973 as a national park, covers of 35.719 hectares.

Source of map: http://nationalparksofturkey.com/koprulu-canyon-national-park/


This National Park is at the middle of many natural beauties in a fertile valley. Canyon continues for 14 km along with the Koprucay River.

Koprulu Canyon National Park has a rich flora including red pine, black pine, cedar, fir, oak varieties and wild olives.

Oluk Bridge on Koprucay River and Bugrum Bridge on Kocadere Stream are wonderfull samples of Roman engineering. The bridges dates back to the 2nd century AD.

Selge Antique City is located within the borders of National Park. The theater, the agora, the temples of Zeus and Artemis, the cistern, the aqueduct and the stone-paved historic road of the Selge Ancient City dating back to the 5th century BC are among the ones to be seen in the national park.

Things to Do in Koprulu Kanyon

  • Rafting on Koprucay River beneath the historic Roman bridges: Koprulu Canyon is a river suitable for rafting, starting at the town of Sutçuler (Sütçüler) of Isparta district, reaching the sea in Antalya.
  • Nature photography: Both sides surrounded with steep and impossible hills, while underground sources feed Kopru River forming one of the most striking natural areas in Turkey.
  • Visiting archaeological sites: You can visit Selge Antique City.
  • Geological formations
  • Hiking and camping
  • Eating: At the resting area, there are fish restaurants offering delicious food especially fresh trout.

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