Most of our rides are road/track based,
although we can cater for extreme mountain bike enthusiasts who are
looking for something wild and hairy.
Our routes have been ridden and logged by experienced cyclists to
ensure afull and working knowledge of length, climbs, road condition
etc. in Antalya.
Consequenty, they are fully flexible and can be adjusted at short
notice to overcome unforseeable circumstances.
A full range of support is in place, from escort riders and
motorised assistance for the journey to simple as style street
mapping and directions. Water, drink and food stops will also be
organised or mapped are required.
There is much to see and do in this region of Turkey, from
environmentally protected areas of all
naturally outstanding beauty, to well known historically significant
sites. One of the great wonders of this place though, is the many of
places to visit inland in Antalya.
As we are sure you will be aware, there is no better way to
experience the true essence of a country than to escape the well
beaten tracks and explore unspoilt areas for yourself without
We have organised a whole range of (open Rides) to suit all. Whether
alone cyclist, couple or small group; you are wellcome to join us.
When you turn South at the 75 th km. of Antalya - Alanya main
road a nice avenue winding through hotels and hauses for about 3 km
will lead you to Side, the furthest city in the east of historical
Pamphylia. Situated on a peninsula about 1000 m long and 400 m. wide,
it fulfilled its duty as a commercial port.Naturally, Side used to
be one of the most important trade centers in the antiquity and now
it is one of the most popular holiday resort in Turkey. According to
Strabon the ancient geographer, side was first established in the 7
th cen. B.C. as a trade colony of the Aegean city Kyme near Izmir
But the merchants took up the local language, Side tan the name
"Side" meant pomegranate, the fruit symbolizing abundance and
Like the other Pamphylian cities in general, Side was ruled by Lydia
in the sixth cent. B.C. and Persia after 547 B.C. The coins minted
in here prove that Side had at least an internal independence.
Alexander the Great conquered Side in the first year of the great
campaign on Asia in 334 B.C. and was introduced to Hellenistic
culture. After his death the empire was shared by generals. The
Southern Turkey, including Side changed hands quite often ,
especially between the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt ( 3 rd cent B.C )
and the Seleucid dynasty of Syria ( 2 nd cent B.C ) after the
apameia peace agreement between the Romans and thedefeated Syrian
kingdom, but Pergama could not gain a complete control over Side.
King Attalos of Pergama founded a new city, Attaleia ( Antalya ) as
a commercial rival to Side and others on the South coast. At the
turn of century Side was a slave-trade center in the hends of
Pirates. It was only the Romans who stopped piracy on the eastern
Mediterranean and let the southern Anatolian cities in ( Cilicia,
Pamphylia and Lycia ) prosper again in peace and safety 78 B.C.
Pamphylia was attached to the provice of Galatia by emperor Augustus
in 25 B.C. when all the provinces in the Roman empire were re-organised.
Side lived its second birth and wealthy period until 3 rt cend. A.D
as a Pamphylian city that was placed sometimes in Galatia, sometimes
in Lycia. Especially its active role in the slave trade enabled this
semiindependent city to gain wealth and most of the structures in
ruins at present were built during this period of time. Side felt
the necessity of repairing the defensive walls in the second half of
3 rd cend. A.D because of the successive attacks by the highlanders
from the north. Furthermore, they built an inner wall right through
the city in 4 th cent A.D. Unfortunately these precautions were not
enough to secure those great days again and Side started declining.
The foundation of Manavgat is not known certain, but estimated at
B.C. 200-150. As understood from the early documents, cargo and
human transportation had been made on the river, from the very first
centuries till recent years. Manavgat has become a village of
Turkish Republic at 1913.
The town Manavgat, which is 76 km far from the province Antalya. was
founded on the plain that lies on both sides of the River Manavgat.
The city center is 4 km far from the shore of the Mediterranean. The
Northern part of the town is bordered by the Taurus Mountains
covered with beautiful forests. The river Manavgat, which flows
through the town, givesthe plain fertility and richness. The
Manavgat Waterfall and its delta are the most important natural
richness of the town. The other natural beauties of the region in
the South are the Sorgun Forest with pine trees and the lake "Titreyengöl",
which was formed by alluvions that filled the delta of the River
In the Northern part of the river Manavgat there is the Lake of
Oymapınar Dam. It was built in the deep valley of the river in the
Taurus Mountains. The Dam and its surroundings have a unique beauty.
The region is one of the places for Jeep Safaris the plain of
Manavgat, which is 2500 m2. is the most fertile plain of the
province Antalya and is suitable for growing cotton, wheat, barley
and 45 different kinds of fruit and vegetables. Fruit and vegetables
growing in greenhousees in an important from of farming in the
Greenhouse flowering has also improved recently. In the far East of
the plain bananas are grown in the gardens. Trout and shrimps are
bred in some parts of the river. During the recent years parallel to
the growth of tourism, losts of modern hotel motels and holiday
villages have been built in the region o Sorgun and Titreyengöl. The
history of the town is known to be very old and it is believed that
the name Manavgat comesfrom the word "Munouwa" in the old language
of luwi, meaning temple of matrilineal Goddess.
The place was supposed to be used as the sacred area of the Antique
cities Seleukeia and Side in different periods.
Return to the junction on the E24 for Beşkonak. From here it is c 23
km to manavgat, a pleasant market town on the Manavgat Çayı, the
ancient river Melas, which has the usual complement of shops and
banks. On the outskirts of Manavgat a road to the left goes first to
(4 km) Manavgat Şelale (Manavgat waterfalls), a beauty-spot much
favoured by Turkish as well as foreign visitors. Here under the pine
trees, it is possible to enjoy an excellent lunch of freshly grilled
trout washed down by a dry white wine. Approximately 3 km further is
Şıhlar. From there is is an easy hour's walk to the site of
Seleuceia in Pamphylia.