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 Şelalesi, 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 drinks.
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