Cool wa­ters of Tau­rus Moun­tains wel­come rafters

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page -

KNOWN for its one-of-a-kind beaches, An­talya of­fers var­i­ous hol­i­day op­por­tu­ni­ties to its guests.

While some hol­i­day­mak­ers pre­fer to swim and sun­bathe on the sun­ni­est beaches of the city, some en­joy raft­ing in the cool wa­ters that come from the high points of the Tau­rus Moun­tains. Of the raft­ing spots, the Köprüçay Stream lo­cated in­side the Köprülü Kanyon Na­tional Park is the fa­vorite of adren­a­line seek­ers.

Tourists who come to the na­tional park at day­break are the first to be in­formed on the raft­ing route. Later on, they gear up with hel­mets, life jack­ets and wa­ter shoes and en­joy raft­ing through the cold wa­ters of the stream through­out the day.

From time to time, raft­ing en­thu­si­asts stop to swim and take pho­tos of the his­toric bridge. The raft­ing park­our, which is 14 kilo­me­ters long, is fin­ished in three to four hours.

Beşkonak Karabük Tourism De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Pres­i­dent Re­fik Ar­mağan said the in­ter­est in raft­ing on Körüçay Stream has been in­creas­ing in re­cent years and last year the raft­ing fa­cil­ity wel­comed more than 600,000 vis­i­tors.

“It is pos­si­ble to go raft­ing on Köprüçay Stream eight months in a year. Thanks to the high flow rate of the stream, raft­ing here is quite en­joy­able. We host tourists from Iran and Europe mostly. This year, the num­ber of vis­i­tors to Köprüçay in­creased by 30 per­cent. We hope to reach 1 mil- lion vis­i­tors in the next few years,” said Ar­mağan.

Start­ing from June, around 8,000 peo­ple go raft­ing on Köprüçay Stream in An­talya. Dur­ing the week­ends, the num­ber of vis­i­tors can in­crease up to 10,000. The best fea­ture of raft­ing on Köprüçay is that peo­ple from seven to 70 can raft here. More­over, when tourists are ex­hausted by the ex­treme hot weather in An­talya, they can re­lax in the cold wa­ters of the stream which is sur­rounded by tall trees.

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