The Düden Şelalesi Waterfall, 11 km (7 miles) northeast of
Antalya(map), is a great place to go for
a few hours on a hot day to savor the
cool shade, misty breezes from the
falls, the intense green of the well-watered
verdure, and the pleasant, relaxed
(Note that this is the Upper Düden Şelalesi. There is also a Lower Düden Şelalesi (Düden Kıyı Şelalesi) right at the edge of the sea, where the waetr tumbles over the cliffs.)
Here's an idea: head for the Roman
ruins of Perge first,
then go west 16 km (10 miles) to Düden, or
north 10 km (6 miles) the Kurşunlu waterfalls
to escape the summer heat on your way
back to Antalya.
Signs on the coastal highway
point the way north long the D400 highway to both Şelales (waterfalls).
The falls and watercourses at Düden are
pretty, though not spectacular—but
then, spectacular is not the point.
You come for the zephyrs of moist,
cool air, the deep
shade, the intense
green of the well-watered
verdure, the absence of normal city
cacophony, and the happy family
Düden has picnic
tables, stands selling gözleme (Turkish
crepes), light meals and non-alcoholic
drinks, walkways and benches for strolling
There's a small fee of a few liras per person for admission to the park.
Bring a picnic if you like.
The alternative to Düden is the aforementioned Kurşunlu
Şelalesi, a few kilometers
farther east. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan
of the falls at Düden Şelalesi:
four small, shady ones and one
big sunny one.