Manavgat Holidays – A beautiful riverside town
An authentically Turkish town dating back to 200BC, Manavgat straddles the banks of the Manavgat River, surrounded by pine forests and overlooked by the Taurus Mountains. The resort is located a few kilometres inland from the coast, next to her sister resort of Side. An attractive riverside setting with restaurants, tavernas, cafes and bars makes this an increasingly popular holiday choice. What’s more, there are a number of beautiful Mediterranean beaches nearby just a short dolmus or taxi ride away.
The town itself has a vibrant nightlife scene, or for a change visit the coastal villages of Kumkoy and Llika which also have lively evening entertainment. Manavgat makes a great base for exploring some spectacular sites of natural beauty; particularly the local waterfalls. For those interested in history, neighbouring Side has an impressive ancient Amphitheatre and magnificent temples, and trips can be arranged to the ruins at Seleukeia and Aspendos.
Take a cruise down Manavgat River to the ‘Trembling Lake’, or enjoy a host of activities including golf, white water rafting, paragliding, canyoning, mountain biking and jeep safaris – there’s plenty to do here to suit all tastes.
Unlike many other resorts, Manavgat’s attraction does not solely rely on a beach, making it a good destination to visit all year round. Having said this, the busiest and most expensive period will still be the peak summer months of June-August. Spring and autumn are probably the best times to visit for active holidaymakers, with cheaper prices and cooler weather that it more suited to cycling, hiking and other outdoor pursuits. For those who are all about the sun and sea, summer sees the hottest temperatures.
July sees the annual Manavgat Tourism Festival, with traditional Turkish dancing, folk music, Whirling Dervishes and food stalls. Visit in early September and you’ll see the Side International Culture and Art Festival, with theatre and performance art taking part in ancient venues such as the Temple of Apollo and Side’s Amphitheatre.
To get the best deal on peak season Manavgat holidays, it’s wise to book as early as possible. The best-priced rooms in the most popular hotels will sell out fast during peak season. If you decide to travel ‘off-peak’ during spring or autumn, you will see lower prices and some fantastic last-minute holiday offers – which are generally not available in peak season due to increased demand.
Avoid school holiday periods such as Easter and half term. Booking all-inclusive holidays to Manavgat can be a good way of managing your money, with the majority of holiday spending accounted for upfront. Find the best prices we have to offer by looking at the deals below or alternatively by visiting our late deals offers here.
Holidaymakers on their way to Manavgat will fly into the Antalya International Airport (AYT). You can fly here from a number of UK hubs including London Gatwick, Luton and Stansted, Manchester, Leeds Bradford and Cardiff, as well as smaller regional airports such as Newcastle and Bournemouth. It takes around 4 hours to reach here from the UK.
When you arrive, you’ll find a large, modern airport with plenty of shops and restaurants servicing the Arrivals, Departures and lounge areas. Many of the main shops are open 24 hours. The airport has 3 terminals – T1 and T2 are for international flights, T3 is for domestic traffic. There are cash points at T1 and currency exchange bureaus at both T1 and T2.
You can catch a taxi to Manavgat from outside the Arrivals halls at Terminals 1 and 2. There will be a queue of taxis waiting and a large sign indicating the price to each destination. It takes just over an hour to reach the resort, and you should expect to pay up to £60 for the vehicle. Alternatively, you can pre-book a shared taxi (usually a minivan), which will cheaper at around £16, but can take a lot longer as other passengers are dropped off at resorts along the way. Companies such as HolidayTaxis.com provide this service.
The cheapest option is to take a public bus - this is also the longest however. You should catch the number 600, Terminal-Otogar bus from outside terminal 3. This bus will take you to the main depot in Antalya, where you can pick up a connecting bus to Manavgat. The whole journey should cost you under £5, and it can take up to 3 hours.
Cars can be hired for the duration of your holiday and picked up at the airport. A number of companies provide this service, including the reputable Argus Car Hire company. You should expect to pay around €25-40 for a day, depending on the size and type of car. You must be over 21 to drive, and you should drive on the right hand side of the road.
Turkey is renowned for its beaches, and with 300 days of sun per year it is unsurprising that people flock here all year round for some summer sun. Manavgat is located inland, however Side is not far away and there are numerous and beaches and coves which are well worth exploring. Most beaches have water sports facilities to hire and this can be done both in advance and on the day.
Manavgat waterfall is around 4km north of Manavgat town centre. This waterfall is in a horseshoe shape, a gentle waterfall in the Manavgat River. You can get some good snapshots here, or sit in the shady tea garden or restaurant. There is also craft stalls and places to have picnics. It can get pretty busy here in the peak season but it’s easy enough to walk a little way upstream to escape the crowds.
Shopping & Markets
As Turkey has developed, it has done so with tourism in mind so the shopping is an excellent blend of traditional and local handicrafts, as well as the more chic and high end shops you would find at home. There is a weekly market and this is an excellent chance to experience Turkish culture and pick up a few presents for those back at home. The market specialises in spices, leather, jewellery and copperware.
Golf & Sports
There are numerous golf courses to pick from in Manavgat and Belek and most of them have backdrops that you just don't find in England. This, in combination with the perfect climate, makes Mangavat an excellent destination for golfing just as much as an afternoon off during a week of activities. In Belek there are six world class courses, but if golf is not your favourite sport then there are tennis courts, mountain biking, paragliding, river rafting and canyoning.
The Manvagat river runs through the town and to the sea at Side, allowing for both river and sea boat tours. At Side, you can experience a traditional gulet cruise and see the sights and coast line from a completely different perspective. Diving and swimming are of course encouraged, so don't forget your bikini or bathing shorts.