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Located on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, not far from Antalya, Manavgat is a tourist paradise thanks to its stunning waterfalls, ancient ruins, and nearby beaches.
Situated a few miles north of the city, Manavgat Waterfalls are an inspiring sight. Not only that, you can take a (completely safe) dip on the falls' edge, refreshing your toes in the Turkish heat.
You can take relaxing river cruises down the Manavgat River from the city to Side, incorporating swimming, fine food, and hours spent drifting in the sunshine.
One of the city's prime attractions, the Grand Bazaar is a massive shopping destination, where designer brands, electronics, antiques, and crafts are all on display for tourists to purchase.
Manavgat almost blends into Side, an ancient port that's home to a 2,000-year-old theater and the temples of Apollo and Athena.
The Mediterranean coast near Manavgat is lined with exceptional beaches, including two at the port of Side as well as resort villages like Kızılağaç.
Manavgat is a joy to visit in the early summer, between May and early July, when the weather is hot - but not too hot. It's a great fall destination too.
Antalya is the closest airport, about 45 miles to the northwest. From there, you can take a couple of buses (via Antalya), which take two hours and cost ₺25, or take a taxi for ₺90 - ₺100.
If you are driving from Antalya, take the D400 (which also runs from Adana to the south).
Havas provides bus services along the Turkish Mediterranean coast.
Some of the best hotels in town include Otium Eco Club in the river delta region, and Melas Resort Hotel.
Manavgat - the city of Manavgat is mainly residential, but has charms of its own, such as the Grand Bazaar, the falls, and the Külliye Mosque.
Side - Side is an ancient port packed with ancient temples and theaters and possessing a superb museum of Roman and Greek sculpture.
Side Beach - located at the mouth of the Manavgat River, this is where you'll find most of the best resorts, including Paradise Side Beach Hotel, as well as attractions like Nashira Aquapark.
Manavgat offers a choice of dolmus (minibuses) or standard public buses.
Expect to pay a meter drop of ₺3.10, followed by at least ₺4 per mile after that.
Car rental options in Manavgat include Avis and Europcar, and rates can be as low as ₺20 per day.
The Grand Bazaar is Manavgat's best place to shop, but you might also try Nova Mall in the west of the city. Side also has plenty of craft stores and boutiques.
Local supermarkets include MM Migros and Bim, where 12 eggs will cost around ₺6.
Great Turkish kebabs, wraps, and stews are to be had at restaurants like Oba, Tas Konak, and ÖzKonya - all of which are in the center of town. Surf Bar Restaurant and Afrodit Restaurant are good places closer to the coast. Meals should come to no more than ₺25 - ₺30.