When it comes to places to visit in Alanya, Sapadere Canyon is one of the top tourist attractions. Thanks to its proximity to Alanya and its reputation for the unique natural beauty, the canyon attracts thousands of visitors every year. Let's take a look at the features and what-to-do in Sapadere Canyon!
Where is Sapadere Canyon?
Sapadere Canyon, which is only 40 km away from the Alanya centre, is located in a village with the same name. To reach here from Alanya, you should follow the Demirtaş signs along the Alanya-Gazipaşa highway. When you follow this road, we can say that it is only a matter of time for you to reach the Sapadere Canyon signs and throw yourself into the cool waters of Sapadere.
If you will not go to Sapadere Canyon from the Alanya centre and will reach directly from the airport instead, your road is approximately 170 km. In such a case, the fastest way of transportation for you will be to rent a private car from the airport or to agree with a tour departing from the airport.
What Is Sapadere Canyon Famous For?
The main features of Sapadere Canyon, famous not only in Alanya but also all over Turkey:
It is surrounded by karst rocks, beech and pine trees on 3 sides.
Sapadere Canyon has very cool waters since its water comes from the melting snow in the Taurus Mountains.
It has a 750 meters long walking path.
There are also waterfalls and a natural pool.
For those who want to relax at the end of the long trail, there are restaurant & cafes in Sapadere Canyon as well.
Can You Swim in Sapadere Canyon?
First of all, 'Yes!': You can swim in the cool Sapadere waters flowing from the Taurus Mountains. However, it can be a little difficult to withstand the cold of Sapadere water, even at 40 degrees in summer. If you are not particularly cold resistant, we recommend that you only swim for a short time and bring an extra swimsuit/bikini with you.
If you ask, 'Where to swim in Sapadere Canyon?', we would like to point out that you can swim in any pond and natural pool you come across. Unlike many canyons, Sapadere Canyon's waters accumulate in areas such as ponds and pools and allow you to swim by being protected from the current. There are also signs giving depth information in every area where you can swim. From the moment you enter the canyon, we are sure that you will see people swimming.
What to do in Sapadere Canyon?
Unfortunately, since Alanya Sapadere Canyon is a canyon that accumulates between sheltered karst rocks, it does not have many activities. However, you can perform the following activities:
Sapadere Canyon Visiting Hours:
Alanya Sapadere Canyon is open every day. However, it can only be visited between 08:00 and 20:00 during the day.
Caping Area in Sapadere Canyon
First of all, we would like to point out that Sapadere Canyon has the status of a national park and certain restrictions are imposed for those who want to camp. However, we say 'Absolutely worth it!' to spend a night in Sapadere Canyon.
First of all, you need to specify that you will camp to the security at the entrance and get information about the camping areas. With the guidance of security, you can camp in certain areas.
It is forbidden to light a fire in Sapadere Canyon. Therefore, you should prefer canned foods and bring your own light source.
Also, many wild animals in the surrounding area go down to Sapadere canyon to meet their thirst. For this reason, we recommend that you bring a sound source with you so that the animals do not come near you.