As interest in nature oriented tourism activities rises,
sports practiced without harming nature gain importance.
Rafting is one of these sports which represents a most gentlemanly
Mankind for centuries has been attracted by the beauty
of rivers and turned them into sources of life. Today, he
is in need of challenging their exuberance and pitting body
and mind against this natural force.
The birth of rafting doubtlessly began when man first grasped
a branch floating on a river. Today, rafting is a popular
sport in the Western world. This sport which is practiced
in rapid rivers with 4 to 12 people on inflated boats made
of thick latex material requires a combination of man's
physical energy, mind, geographical control and physical
and psychological endurance. The only protection the sportsmen
have in this struggle against nature is life vests and helmets.
Arriving at the goal is the ultimate fulfillment after
struggling against the wild current of a river despite all
difficulties. Exploring the unspoiled nature guided by the
river is the greatest pleasure that one experiences with
Many rivers in Turkey are suitable for rafting and canoe
sports. Besides the river Coruh, the Firtina, Berta, Barhal,
Oltu and Harsit Rivers in the Black Sea Region and the Göksu,
Köprücay, Manavgat and Dragon Rivers as well as
the Cehennem Stream in the Mediterranean Region are excellent
routes for rafting.
Rafting is practiced with no harm to nature and without
leading to over construction or pollution, and is truly
The promotion of rafting will produce a positive effect
in terms of both Turkey's tourism, and the development of
an awareness of nature conservation.
The Great Adventure, the Most Exciting of Sports:
The rafting event to be arranged for the first time on
the River Coruh, one of Turkey's natural beauties, is going
to draw attention to the touristic potential of the Black
Sea Region, to the Coruh Valley as well as the natural and
historical sites in the vicinity.
Originating at the Mescit Mountains (3,225 m) and flowing
466 km before reaching the Black Sea in Georgia, Coruh River
is one of the fastest flowing rivers in the world.
The small towns and villages located along the river are
impressively authentic and interesting historically. The
area as a whole represents the synthesis of the cultures
of Eastern Anatolia and the Black Sea.
Coruh River is frequented by local and foreign sportsmen,
who travel each year to this area for canoeing, rafting
and trekking in the Kackar Mountains.
The best way to reach the summit at Kackar Mountains is
via the villages of Yaylalar and Olgunlar. Dilberdüzü
makes an excellent campsite. From there proceed to Deniz
Lake and the summit at 3,9377 m. Local guides and mules
to carry personal belongings may be hired. An alternative
route is to the summit is to pass horizontally by Trans-Kackar
on one of several trails.
The natural habitat of Coruh River remains undisturbed.
Colonies of red vultures, which are threatened with extinction,
live among the rocks by the riverside. The area surrounding
the river is rich in wildlife, including gray bear, mountain
goat with hooked horns, wild boar, wolf, jackal, fox, badger,
marten, water sable, rabbit, partridge, wild rooster, woodcock,
wild duck, stock dove, golden oriole, siskin, fieldfare,
pigeon and wood pigeon.
As the Coruh passes 150 kms through the province of Artvin,
the river cuts through steep and impregnable mountains on
its way towards the Black Sea.
A trip down the Coruh starts at Bayburt, passing through
Ispir and Yusufeli and on to Artvin, a distance of approximately
Bayburt - Ispir 0-106 km
An ideal starting point for the expedition is the Dikmetas
Bridge near Bayburt, which has good areas for camping on
either side of the river. Aslandede and Laleli also make
With a class 2-3 water, the trip from Bayburt to Ispir
can be completed within three days on average. Approximately
3 kms before arriving at Ispir, the left bank affords a
convenient campground. The nearby gas station and the shops
in Ispir are useful for reprovisioning.
Ispir - Camlikaya 106-134 km
Following departure from Ispir ( stabilized road entry:
0 km), one should watch the rapids at 3km, 6.6 km, 7.4 km,
and 8 km. The small hut on the left side of the road before
arriving at the road junction for Camlikaya at 28 kms makes
a good rest stop. Drinking water can be obtained either
from the brook flowing from the mountains, located 200 meters
ahead on the left side of the road, or from the spring to
the right of the transformer station past the concrete bridge
at the Camlikaya road junction. Food can be purchased from
Camlikaya (4 kms from the road junction). The Ispir-Camlikaya
route is class 3-4-5 water.
Camlikaya - Tekkale 134-178 km
After Camlikaya, rice plantations, vegetable gardens and
fruit orchards prevail on the river banks. The river passes
by Köprügören at 48 km, coming to the hamlet
of Alanbasi at 54 km. It is possible to camp there next
to the brook that joins the Coruh on the left bank immediately
before the village.
Past the concrete bridge, the river becomes rockier, class
3-4-5 water. An old watch tower is visible before arriving
at Cevreli. The garden in front of the village primary school,
to the right immediately after the concrete bridge, makes
a good campsite. There are also places to overnight in Tekkale,
7 km ahead. From Tekkale, guides can take you up the mountains
to see the historic Dörtkilise, a medieval Georgian
church. Fishermen will enjoy angling for speckled trout
(alabalik) in the brook flowing nearby the church.
Tekkale - Artvin 178-261 km
From Tekkale, the expedition proceeds to Yusufeli, 6 kms
away, where accommodations and simple cafes can be found.
The Altiparmak, one of the major branches of the Coruh,
joins the river close to Yusufeli.
As the flow-rate of the river picks up speed, the route
becomes increasingly challenging, class 3-4-5 water. Oltu
Cayì joins the river 9 km after Yusufeli, near the
Artvin-Erzurum highway junction, behind a concrete bridge.
The rapids begin 22 km from Yusufeli. This 100 meter stretch
of white water, nicknamed "King-Kong", cascades
around sharp boulders with breathtaking velocity, making
it the high point of the expedition. The water is dangerous
here, class 5+ water, so less experienced expeditions should
not plan to cross this section when the river is high. A
large concrete sign inscribed with the letters EIE to the
left of the highway identifies this section of the Coruh.
Expeditions can make camp 33 km before Zeytincik, stopping
to pick up any necessary provisions in the village. At 43
km, the river enters a narrow 3 km long canyon class 3-4.
The gas station and inn at Oruclu, at 57 km, provides a
convenient finish for the trip. Boats can be pulled on shore
here and there are a few rustic rooms and a cafe. Artvin
is 20 km further on from Oruclu, with mostly class 1-2 water.
Some groups prefer to extend the route right through to
WHAT TO SEE
As one of the first places in Anatolia to be settled by
the Turks, Bayburt is renowned for its music, folklore and
historic buildings. The town's location on the Silk Road
made it a stopping place for travellers from the east and
west. It has retained its importance militarily and culturally
throughout the centuries.
Today, the imposing Bayburt Fortress, Clock Tower, old
Turkish baths (hamam), mosques and churches are worth seeing.
Also of interest are javelin contests, a traditional type
of polo, water buffalo wrestling and local folk dances.
Ruins of several citadels can be seen in Ispir. The medieval
fortress of Ispir citadel was repaired and used in turn
by the Saltuks, Seljuks and Ottomans. The castle contains
a small mescid or chapel.
Yusufeli is particularly interesting for amateur historians
and archaeologists. The Barhal church, Ishan fortress and
church, Demirkent fortress and church, Cevreli-Meydan citadel,
Kilickaya fortress and hundreds of underground storerooms
tell the fascinating history of the area.
In the province of Artvin, the most important things to
see are the fortresses of Artvin, Okumuslar, Bakìrköy,
Saribudak and Yukarimaden.
Regional festivals give a fascinating insight into local
customs. The best known among these is the Kafkasör
Cultural and Arts Festival held each year in the second
half of June. The festival is unique in the world, featuring
a Turkish version of bullfighting. Prize bulls, classified
according to their neck thickness and weight, are pitted
against each other in fights that stop short of mortal injury.
The festival attracts a growing number of tourists from
around the around the world.
Altıparmak (BARHAL) River
Altiparmak (Barhal) river, located in the province of Artvin,
emerges from the southern side of the Kackar Mountains and
runs about 40 km to join the Coruh river 2 km south of Yusufeli.
The Altiparmak flows through a strikingly beautiful valley
enveloped by high mountains. Recommended for canoeing and
rafting, the river has a high flow-rate year round because
of the run-off of melting snow. The valley is rich in wildlife.
Proximity to the Kackar Mountains, one of the best areas
in Turkey for trekking, makes the Altiparmak a favorite
The basin of the Altiparmak can be reached by Yusufeli
via Artvin or Erzurum. Ögdem Creek joins the Altiparmak
6 km from Yusufeli. The town of Sarigöl is located
19 km from Yusufeli and is accessible by a stabilized gravel
The neighborhood of Deftise, situated about 1.5 km beyond
Sarigöl, is distinguished by wooden two-story houses
built in traditional Black Sea style. Edged by dense green
forests, these picturesque houses and the misty summit of
the Kackar Mountains above create a very beautiful panorama.
The village of Altiparmak (Barhal) is accessible from Sarigöl
via a narrow, 12 km long road. People in Altiparmak village
are very hospitable and pleasant and simple inns accept
guests. This village serves as one of the main campsites
on the climb up Kackar Mountain.
A stabilized road leads to Yaylalar, 24 km beyond Altiparmak
village. The Artvin Kackar Tourism Center is located to
the west of Yaylalar.
The pretty hamlet of Deftise, north of Sarigöl, provides
the best starting point for canoe and raft expeditions down
the Altiparmak, which runs approximately 22 km from this
point to the junction with the Coruh. The run is class 3-4.
The riverbed is rocky, and special care needs to be taken
when the river is low.
Three km from Sarigöl, the ruins of an old fortress
can be seen. The citadel of Bahceli is visible to the right
of the creek before reaching Yusufeli, after crossing the
concrete bridge located near the junction of Ögdem
creek and the Altiparmak. The run may be completed either
at Yusufeli or 2 km ahead, before the Altiparmak flows into
the Coruh River. May through August are the best months
to plan a canoe or raft trip on the Altiparmak.
WHAT TO SEE
The area around the Altiparmak ranks as one of the most
beautiful in Turkey. The hamlets located on the skirts of
the Kackar Mountains and along the river, the gardens and
orchards which follow the twists and turns of the waterway
through the valley, and the mist shrouded summits combine
to produce a picture of remarkable beauty.
Bahceli Kalesi is the most impressive fortress in the valley,
perched in all its grandeur on a rocky outcrop near Yusufeli.
The ruins of a second fortress are visible further up the
Most trekkers and mountain climbers to the Kackar Mountain's
stop at Yusufeli before setting out, spending their first
day in the town to buy provisions and find a local guide.
July, August and September are the best months for expeditions
to the area.
The Yusufeli region has numerous historic citadels, churches,
hamams and cellars that are interesting to visit. The medieval
Georgian churches of Dörtkilise, Ishan, Barhal and
Demirkent are especially noteworthy and the Tortum waterfall
is unusually beautiful.
Firtina River is interesting not only for the arched bridges
spanning it and the tea plantations that line its banks
but also for the traditional costumes of the local population.
Formed by a number of streams on the Black Sea side of Kackar
Mountains, the Firtina runs 57 km long through verdant countryside
until it flows into the Black Sea about 2 km west of Ardesen,
The arched stone bridges crossing the water add to the
beauty of the Firtina, which is recommended for river sports
along the following course.
The town of Camlihemsin is located 22 km to the south of
the Rize-Ardesen road. The Course begins approximately 1
km to the south of Camlihemsin (0 km). Paddlers should be
cantious of boulders at 5 km and dangerous passages at 7
km, 8 km and 9 km. The Duygulu Falls located on the western
slope at 12 km are lovely. The course finishes at any convenient
point before the Firtina reaches the Black Sea. The 23 km
long course is very rocky, rating a hardship degree of 3-4-5
in places depending on the speed of the water. Extra caution
is required during heavy rains. The Firtina is recommended
for river sports all year round.
WHAT TO SEE
Firtina River, located in the province of Rize, runs through
a setting of lush greenery and majestic mountains, offering
exciting rafting and canoeing as well as a look at the historical
and cultural wealth of the area.
The area is well-known for its yayla, or high mountain
pastures used as summer residences and grazing grounds by
the locals. The festivities surrounding the departure for
and arrival at the yayla, a tradition kept alive by local
people, are particularly interesting. The most important
yaylas in the area are Ayder, renowned for its waterfall
and recently opened hot spring spa, as well as Lower and
Upper Kavron, Elevit and Trovit.
Twelve km south of Camlihemsin, the citadel of Zilkale,
situated on the rocky peak, has a perimeter of 400 m with
eight towers and a watch tower.
Those who come to this area for river sports can also go
trekking on the Kackar Mountains.
Rivers in the Central and Eastern Mediterranean
Emerging from the Toros (Taurus) Mountains and running
through a number of amazing canyons, Köprücay
flows into the Mediterranean Sea to the south of Serik.
Fed by underground springs in gorges that cut through steep,
impassable canyons, the Köprücay constitutes one
of Turkey's most beautiful natural recreation areas. The
numerous archaeological sites in the area, especially the
ancient city of Selge (Zerk), the fortresses on the banks
of the river, arched Roman bridges and historic roads add
to the significance of the Köprülü Canyon.
Köprücay is reached from Antalya via Serik, Tasagìl
and Beskonak. Those coming from Manavgat can reach Beskonak
via Tasagìl. The asphalt road to Beskonak follows
the Köprücay in places.
Köprülü Canyon National Park covers 36,000
hectares, including part of Köprücay and the ancient
city of Selge. As well as being Turkey's largest forest
of Mediterranean Cypress, the National Park is also rich
in red-pine, black-pine, cedar, fir, oak and wild olive
trees. The wild animals in the region include fallow deer,
wild goat, wild boar, bear, wolf, fox, rabbit and various
bird species. One can find red speckled trout in the upper
reaches and gray mullet in other parts of the Köprücay.
Approximately 100 m before the Oluk Bridge, the water is
still and the river forms a pool. This is a good spot to
start your trip and gives unexperienced crew time to get
used to the rowing technique. The bridge is reached by paddling
against the current.
Less experienced groups usually enter the canyon from the
Oluk Bridge, while professionals may do so either from the
falls near the start or from the Oluk Bridge, turning around
further ahead to start the trip. The course continues after
passing the falls and leaving behind places with class 2-3.
The falls along the river add to the beauty of the landscape.
After each waterfall the Köprücay slows down,
giving time to enjoy the majestic setting.
A concrete bridge appears 10 km down the river. Novices
should complete their journey immediately before this bridge.
Experienced sportsmen can continue into the first canyon
after the concrete bridge, but the second canyon is strickly
off limits since the river runs under rocks in paces. After
disembarking at the end of the first canyon, which is about
3 km long, walk on the left bank to reach an asphalt road.
WHAT TO SEE
Located in the province of Antalya where Turkey's natural,
historical and archaeological reaches are the most developed,
the Köprücay basin offers a wide variety of possibilities.
Those interested in river sports can also enjoy all other
activities the region has to offer, including jeep safaris
and trekking through the Köprülü Canyon National Park during
the summer. There are unpretentious restaurants and small
inns on both banks of the river near Beskonak and Oluk Bridge.
The ancient city of Selge (Zerk) can be reached over 12
km of dirt road, crossing the impressive Roman Oluk Bridge.
Karain Magarasi (Cave), the Greco-Roman cities of Aspendos,
Perge, Phaselis and Termessos, and the Kursunlu and Düdenbasi
waterfalls are among the most interesting places to see
in this area.
The interesting morphological formations of the caves of
Papazkayasi, Geyikbayiri, Kücükdipsiz, Büyükdipsiz and Peynirdeligi
have been designated for development as tourist attractions.
Manavgat River flows 90 km from the eastern slopes of the
western Toros (Taurus) mountains, passes over hard conglomerated
strata, forms the Manavgat Falls and then enters the coastal
plain to empty into the Mediterranean Sea.
In the spring, the waters of the Manavgat run full and
clear, augmented by underground springs in the canyons it
passes through, until the river's force is interrupted by
the Oymapinar Dam. The upper reaches of the Manavgat can
be reached by taking the Manavgat-Alanya highway to the
east and turning north towards Akseki 10 km after passing
the town of Manavgat. Four kms before Akseki, turn off towards
Ibradi to reach the Sahap bridge, the starting point for
Among the many caves in the area, the most interesting
is the Altinbesik cave discovered by geologist Dr. Temucin
Aygen. Annual explorations have extended the known part
of this cave to 2,200 m. The cave contains fascinating lakes,
stalactites and stalagmites.
The area is excellent for mountain biking, trekking and
cliff parachuting in the vicinity of Irbadi and Ormana.
The area also hosts a large population of wild goat, wild
boar, rabbit, red legged partridge and many other birds.
The selection of a starting point in Manavgat River is determined
by the level and velocity of the water. Under favorable
conditions, the start can be made near Sahap bridge in the
vicinity of Ibradi.
River sports on the Manavgat are dangerous for novices.
Groups should be accompanied by professionals and a local
The best place for rafting and canoeing on the Manavgat
is the 19 km stretch between Sahap bridge and the village
of Sevinc, where the river cuts steep, sometimes impenetrable
gorges through the canyons.
The river flows swiftly through the first canyon situated
between Sahap bridge and Altinbesik cave, augmented by an
underground spring 500 m before the canyon. Padelling here
is a memorable adventure. Those who do not wish to enter
the second canyon may disembark near Altinbesik cave. From
there, a path leads to the village of Ürünlü in the west
and to Mentesbey in the east.
The second canyon is accessible from Altinbesik Cave. Banked
by impregnable cliffs, this canyon stretches to the village
of Sinanhoca. At the end of the canyon, the riverbed widens,
providing a rest area and disembarkation point.
The falls prior to Sinanhoca, located towards the end of
the second canyon, are very dangerous. The waters flow underneath
and on both sides of a huge boulder. This part must be portaged.
The third canyon begins after Sinanhoca, the river passes
through several falls before it exists the canyon near Sevinc,
completing your trip down the Manavgat.
This course runs through three canyons and involves passing
through smaller and bigger class 3-4-5 waterfalls. As soon
as the sound of the falls is heard, the group must stop
ashore to determine the best passage. When passage is impossible,
canoes should be carried on shore or guided by rope, resuming
the course after skipping the dangerous part.
The river slows down between the falls, providing an opportunity
to admire the natural grandeur of the area. When traveling
through the canyons, there are moments when it is impossible
to see the sun even at noon. During breaks, the beauty of
the untouched environment and the gurgle of bubbling underground
springs are unforgettable.
If the water level is too low for canoeing in the vicinity
of Sahap bridge, gear can be carried to the area around
Altinbesik cave via Ürünlü, and the course
resumed from there.
WHAT TO SEE
In addition to river sports, the environs of the Manavgat
river provide ample opportunities for other sports such
as mountain biking, cliff parachuting, and trekking.
The old-style houses of Ibradi attract the attention of
tourists who come to the area by jeep to eat speckled trout.
Renowned for white and black grapes, the cool air of Ibradi
refreshes those exhausted from the heat of the coastal plain.
Altinbesik Cave, located in the vicinity of Ürünlü
in the Toros (Taurus) mountains, 9 km from Ibradi, is frequently
visited by speleologists.
Another popular tourist attraction is Manavgat Falls on
the road to Oymapinar Dam, 5 km from the town of Manavgat,
one of Turkey's most famous waterfalls.
Alarahan, a well-preserved 13th century Seljuk caravanserai
built by Alaaddin Kaykubad on the bank of Alara creek, is
situated to the east of Manavgat. A little further on, the
ruins of the Alara fortress crown the peak.
The classical city of Side, one of the oldest and largest
of the Greco-Roman cities in the region, includes an amphitheater,
arched galleries and baths as well as temples dedicated
to Athena and Apollon.
The ruins of Seleucia, north of Manavgat, contains baths,
a two-story agora on the slope of the acropolis, a market,
small temple and necropolis.
Anamur (Dragon) River
Anamur (Dragon) River originates as an underground river
from the Catalyatak, Yellice and Kizcagiz hills on the slopes
of the Toros (Taurus) mountains. The underground spring
erupts in several geysers close to the village of Sugözü,
spraying water hundreds of meters high. The water level
of the river is highest in spring, falling in summer. North
of its source, enclosed basins and chasms can be seen.
The 35 km long Anamur river is joined by the Kas, Masat
and Gökce streams before flowing into the Mediterranean
Sea through a deep river bed.
The surrounding mountains of Anamur are covered with red-pine,
black-pine, cedar, fir,juniper and oak trees. Wild goat,
wild boar, wild sheep, wolf, jackal, wild duck, wild goose,
partridge, eagle, falcon, peregrine falcons and hawks live
in the higher altitudes, and speckled trout populate the
waters running through the forest.
Anamur Cayi is suitable for canoeing and rafting. The best
place to start an expedition is at the junction of Kilic
creek, finishing at the historic Alaköprü bridge 10 km to
The start of the course is accessible by a stabilized road
that runs 15 km to Caltibükü from the junction
at of the Anamur-Ermenek highway. When setting out from
here, one should watch for stones and tree roots in the
water. Generally class 1-2 water has some class 3 rapids
when the water is high.
WHAT TO SEE
Anamur is a beautiful town, attractive for its natural setting
and wealth of historical ruins. Ancient Anamur (Anemuriiium)
is located at the end of a 2 km road leading towards the
sea off the Anamur-Gazipasa highway. The city, which is
surrounded by a wall, encompasses churches, baths, cemeteries,
ancient theater, Odeon and colorful mosaics.
The fortress of Mamure, built by the Romans and repaired
in Seljuk and Ottoman periods, boasts 36 towers, a moat,
three courtyards and an old mosque. The fortress is located
on Anamur-Icel highway.
Continuing past the Mamure fortress, the forest meets the
sea and one enters the Pullu Mesire Yeri, used by the Forestry
Department as a camping site and day recreational area.
This is one of the few beaches where sea turtles (caretta
caretta) come to lay their eggs.
Kösekbükü Cave, located in the vicinity
of Ovabasi near Anamur is interesting for its stalactites
and stalagmites. The cave is lit and open to public. The
Cukurpinar Cave, in the vicinity of Sugözü, approximately
70 km north of Anamur, is being explored by speleologists.
In 1992, members of the Cave Exploration Club of Bosphorus
University went down to 1,149 m here.
The area after the Seljuk Alaköprü bridge up to Sugözü
is excellent for trekking. The region provides opportunities
for mountain biking, cliff parachuting, delta-wing sports
and jeep safaris.
The Göksu is the most important river in the province
of Icel, originating in two branches from the Central Toros
(Taurus) mountain range. The southern branch starts at Geyik
Mountains, and the other branch at Haydar Mountains. These
two branches unite to the south of Mut to form the Göksu
river. The 260 km long river forms a delta between Tasucu
and Silifke as it flows into the Mediterranean. The river
forms lagoons at Akgöl and Paradeniz on the coast between
Silifke and Tasucu.
The Göksu Delta is regarded by the International Council
for Bird Protection (ICBP) as a major bird refuge in Europe
and the Middle East. More than 300 bird species inhabit
the Göksu Delta. It is the primary reproduction area
in Turkey for reed rooster, summer duck, flamingo, heron,
pelican, ruddy shelduck, francolin, spurred pewit, long
legged marsh swallow, Izmir kingfisher, bee eater, mustached
reed nightingale and the white throat warbler.
The Göksu Delta has also a special significance for
being one of the few remaining areas in the world where
sea turtles (caretta caretta, chelonias mydas) and the blue
crabs (callinectes sapidus) lay their eggs.
The Environmental Protection Department of the Ministry
of Environment has declared the Göksu delta as a Special
Environmental Protection Zone to protect the environment
against pollution and exploitation, and to ensure that natural
resources and cultural assets are transferred to future
generations without being spoilt. Furthermore, as one of
the best preserved
wetlands in the world, the Göksu Delta is expected
to be included in the list of the Ramsar Convention for
Wetlands of International Importance signed by 45 countries,
including Turkey. Wild goat, wild boar, partridge and rabbit
inhabit the mountains in the Göksu basin.
There lower slopes are covered with laurel bushes, oleanders
and brushwood.Sandalwoods, mastic trees, Margosa trees,
furze and holly oak trees start at 500 m and red-pine forests
above 1,000 m.
The wide river bed of the Göksu is suitable for all types
of river sports, with class 1-2. Its calm waters are recommended
The 90 km section between Derincay and Degirmendere is
the best place for river sports in the Göksu River.
Derincay is reached by the road heading west 3 km north
of Mut on the Karaman-Silifke highway. The 14 km section
between the bridges near to the villages of Kislaköy
and Kargicak features short canyons and an interesting landscape.
After passing this section, the course may be completed
WHAT TO SEE
Adorned with orange, lemon and banana plantations, the history
of Icel province dates way back to the Neolithic period.
Yümüktepe Höyügü (Tumulus) in the Soguksu valley is the
most vivid evidence of this history.
The most interesting places to visit are Kanlidivane (Kanytelis),
Korykos, Kiz Kalesi (Maiden's Fortress) in Erdemli; Cennet-Cehennem
Obrugu (Hell-and-Paradise Steep), Silifke and Tokmar Fortress
in Silifke; Mamure Fortress in Anamur; Mut Fortress and
Alahan in Mut; Cleopatra Gate, St.Paul Church, St.Paul Well
which is believed to contain therapeutic waters and Yediuyurlar
Cave, and Viransehir (Pompeiopolis) near Mersin.
The Göksu basin offers year-round tourism due to its
topographic structure, flora and fauna and mild climate.
Worldwide famous rafting sportsmen, as well as members
of the national and international press, will gather to
promote the region during the "Rafting Coruh"
event. The popularity of rafting will enhance the potential
of tourism in Turkey, and the sportsmen will enjoy this
most exciting sport in one of the most spectacuullar natural
settings of the world.