Kurşunlu Şelalesi Waterfall,
like the larger Düden Şelalesi not
far away, is a pleasant nature refuge
from the dust, sun, heat and crowds
of an Antalya summer day.
Located 25 km (16 miles) northeast of Old Antalya (Kaleiçi; (map), Kurşunlu Şelalesi is a fine place to take a cool break
after a visit in the hot sun to the
ruins of the Roman city of Perge, 12 km (7.5 miles) to the south.
If you have your own vehicle, head
east on the coastal highway until you
see signs pointing north to Kurşunlu Şelalesi,
5 km (3 miles) north of the highway,
then 2 km (1.24 miles) east.
The park and facilities at Kurşunlu are
more limited than those at nearby Düden
but that can be a virtue: no picnicking
is allowed at Kurşunlu,
so the crowds are likely to be smaller
on summer days (especially weekends).
A few stands may sell snacks and non-alcoholic
Lovely even if you aren't a duck...
The waterfall and
its pool are reached by descending
91 stone steps—a pleasant descent into
coolness, shade, and moisture. At the
bottom are short walkways to wander
around the falls and pool, but not
a lot of benches for sitting.
There's free parking at Kurşunlu,
but a small charge per person for admission.
—by Tom Brosnahan