Turkish Riviera

Historical Wealth of Gazipaşa & surrounding places

Historical Wealth of Gazipaşa

Gazipaşa hosts a very rich archeological heritage with the ruins of a number of antique cities, castles, monumental tombs and numerous historic structures. The remnants of the old ports near the shore and castles on the heights of Toros Mountains are the signs of old human settlements in this area.

The (known) Chronology of Gazipasa

Chronology of Gazipasa

The known history of human settlements in the area dates from 2000 B.C. But although they do not give us sufficient information, there are signs of earlier human settlements around Gazipaşa. The chronological history of Gazipasa goes like this:

Anient Town of Lamos next to Gazipasa

Antique town Lamos in Gazipasa

Antique town, placed on two hills 15 km east of  Gazipaşa and 2 km north of the village Adanda. In Turkish it is called Adanda Kalesi. On the main road a Lamos sign points north at the centre. After that there are no signs, so this road cannot be recommended.

The ancient City of Selinus in Gazipasa

The antique town of Selinus in Gazipasa

The ancient City of Selinus is about 45 km away from  Alanya and 2 km from the city center of Gazipaşa (follow the signposts). The road follows the river Musa Çay, once called Selinus too.

Gazipaşa Beaches

Gazipaşa Beaches

We just mentioned the clean air of the mountains and plateaus, but you don’t need to go far for dean air in Gazipaşa. The air and natural environment in die town (enter and along the coastline are exceptionally clean. There is no source of pollution in this area.

Brian Webb - experienced Australian Pilot

Brian Webb - experienced Australian Pilot

I have been flying paragliders since 1986, before that hang gliders for several year. I started my paragliding school in Bright, Australia in 1988 and taught over 3,000 people to fly before moving on to specialise in paragliding XC Tours and XC skills development clinics.

Murat Iştın - flying meteorologist

Murat Iştın - flying meteorologist

Murat Iştın, who is a meteorologist and at the same time, paragliding pilot, was born in Balıkesir in 1980. After completing his primary and secondary education in Balıkesir, he graduated from Ankara Anadolu Meteorology Vocational High School in 1998 and started his professional meteorology career by working at Van Ferit Melen Airport.

Pal Takats - most skilled acro pilot

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Pal Takats - most skilled acro pilot

Pal Takats is among the most skilled acro pilots ever. The young Hungarian pilot is a real paragliding and acro zealot – in a positive way. Please read what he is telling about himself:

Wild Water Rafting on Alara River in Turkey

Rafting on Alara River in Turkey

For professional rafters and beginners. There are lots of wild water streams coming down from the Taurus Mountains, but a few of them are really difficult to handle on rafts. You need a well-trained body with powerful muscles to move down safely. Permission is also required.

Tobias Woggon - All-Mountain Biker checking Trails

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Tobias Woggon - Enduro All-Mountain Biker checking Trails

Our trail checking experiences in Alanya, in Oymapinar and at the Tahtali logically resulted in a number of discussions which we used extensively to exchange our minds and love to share them with you, dear alaturka portal readers.

Mario Lenzen - Enduro all-mountain bikers in Antalya

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Mario Lenzen - Enduro all-mountain bikers in Antalya

Even with Mario Lenzen, the second professional biker of the EVOC team, we were able to have interesting conversations about business in MTB sport and about his personal career, which pretty amateurish began as a hobby at first.

Gazipaşa - still rural coined Green Area

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Gazipaşa - still rural coined Green Area

An excursion tour together with our co-author Detlef Heinzel, who has lived in Gazipasa for several years, had led us again to Gazipasa, the still green and rural small town with a predominantly rural bustle, please follow his short report:

Kahramanmaras and the specialities of the region

Kahramanmaras and the specialities of the region

Kahramanmaraş is a provincial centre in the east of Turkey and has got 465.370 inhabitants (number from 2007). Up to the end of the Turkish Independence War the town and the province was only called Maraş.

Tarsus the Capital of ancient Cilicia

Tarsus the Capital of ancient Cilicia

Tarsus was the Capital of Cilicia, situated on the banks of the river Cydnus and commanding the road from the Mediterranean Sea to Central Anatolia through the Cilician Gate.

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