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Manavgat is a city in Antalya Province, Turkey.
A relatively big city with a population of about 75,000, Manavgat, which lies on the banks of Manavgat River a few km inland from the shore, is the hub for visiting nearby waterfalls and seaside resorts, though the city centre itself is not of much touristical importance except for some urban services which little nearby resorts cannot offer.
- Frequent buses connect Manavgat with Antalya, the provincial capital and the site of nearest airport.
- The highway D400, which traverses along all of Turkish Mediterranean coast between Antalya and Adana, skirts the city on the southern edge with the city centre lying about 1 km north of the highway.
Manavgat has a public bus and minibus fleet, though the city centre is compact enough to get along on foot.
To get to the waterfalls, take the minibuses (dolmuş) with the sign Şelale - Sarılar from the main street of the city. These frequent minibuses cost 2 TL/person and take about 15 minutes to get to entrance of waterfalls area. There is also a carpark free of charge at the entrance of the falls.
- Little Waterfall (Küçük Şelale), (1 km further north from the Manavgat Falls). Little Waterfall is, as its name implies, a somewhat smaller and less noisy version of the Manavgat Falls, located about 1 km upriver from it. Not much in the way of non-locals visit it so it lacks the touristical amenities the main falls have, not even an entrance gate. The area around it is visited by local youngsters in their dilapidated cars during weekend nights to have a few drinks, as the garbage mounds through the summer point out, so be careful. Free.
- River cruises. There are daily cruises on Manavgat River, between the city and the Titreyengöl ("trembling lake") area downriver, near where the river empties into the Mediterranean. They depart from the park between the bridge on the main street and the yellow bridge.
- Riverside park. A beautifully landscaped park with some open air cafes lies on the bank of the river, great to take a stroll.
- Balik Marketim, (near the 'yellow bridge' - the one on which some pubs are located). A fish restaurant which offers very delicious and filling fried fish sandwiches. Each sandwich also includes some fresh green salad and one of them is big enough to appease your hunger. It's possible to sit on their patio by the street or to take out. 3-4 TL per sandwich. Credit cards are accepted.
(+90) 242 is Manavgat's telephone code.
There is an internet cafe on the parallel alley to the main street, near the fish market by the river (that ship-like white building named 'Barbaros'), which costs 1.50 TL/hour.
- Side— A few km to the south, Side is a seaside resort with some well-protected Roman ruins.
- Kumköy— Another nearby coastal resort.