Outside the city, the upper falls offer a tranquil refuge from the heat with an array of cascades and pools in scenic gardens.
The Düden Falls are a set of cascades in Antalya split into two scenic parts. The upper section consists of an oasis of natural ponds and falls in a small park in the northern part of the city. The gardens are home to a “secret” cave behind the cascading water. The lower falls join the Düden River as it reaches the Mediterranean Sea at the southern tip of the city. Visit this part to see the final descent of the river’s voyage to the sea in the form of a thunderous waterfall.
The upper falls site is among the most popular destinations in the city, as its pools are a refreshing refuge from intense summer heat. Eat at one of several restaurants in the park where you can enjoy your meal accompanied by the soothing sound of the flowing water.
Spend hours strolling leisurely through the gardens and stopping at the various waterfalls. Discover the secret depths behind the rocks where you can stand without getting too wet. The shade provides a welcome relief from the scorching heat of Antalya’s summer days. Relax on a grassy area of the park with ice cream from an on-site vendor.
Capture photos of memorable moments as the kids bathe in a natural pool or your friend enjoys a cascading hydro-massage.
A park with similar facilities encloses the lower falls that spill into the Mediterranean Sea. Although it attracts fewer visitors, the waterfall at this site is immense in size. Relish the scenic views of the water falling off the edge of the coast into the sparkling blue sea.
There is a small entrance fee for the upper falls site. Remember to bring appropriate footwear and tread carefully on the slippery rocks. Be prepared to get wet, no matter what your intentions!
Düden Falls are about 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) north of the city of Antalya. Buses take passengers on the 30-minute trip to see the waterfalls. You can also take a taxi or rent a car to travel the short distance.