Goynuk, Antalya Region, Turkey
The resort of Goynuk sits north of Kemer and is a picturesque village with low key nightlife and relaxing surroundings.
Goynuk is situated along the coast between the resorts of Kemer and Beldibi, around 50km from the city of Antalya. The resort has a wide sandy beach, and within the town an old mosque, fountains and tombs as well as old Turkish baths. There is a stream running beside Goynuk, which runs from the canyon directly behind the town. As the starting point for a hike into the Taurus Mountains along the Goynuk Canyon, where it's possible to connect to the Lycian Way make Goynuk a popular choice with walkers.
This low-key resort does offer a choice of shops, a weekly market, quiet bars and restaurants; though for a larger choice and livelier night scene visit the neighbouring resort of Kemer, where public transport links are available via a bus service, taxis and dolmus.
The airport can be found approx 60km from the resort.
Things to do
Just a short bus ride away, Antalya has plenty of facilities to entertain its visitors; to the west of town by Konyaalti Beach is a waterpark, Dolphinland, the Antalya Aquarium and Aktur Lunapark (fairground). There is also the Archaeological Museum and Antalya Zoo.
Antalya's old town also known as Kaleici, is a picturesque part of the city and is full of character with narrow winding cobbled streets once enclosed in the ancient city walls. A pedestrian zone in the centre features a landmark stone tower, the Grooved Minaret and a statue of Attalus, while the Roman arch known as Hadrian's Gate, can be found at one of the entrances.
The area is great for day trips to nearby sites of interest such as the Phaselis and Olympos ancient ruins, Duden and Kursunlu waterfalls, the Roman theatre of Aspendos and the Termessos archaeological site found high on the Gulluk Mountain National Park.
Popular with scuba divers are the three small islands which can be found just off the coast at Tekirova, around 1-hour boat ride from Kemer. Suitable for divers of all levels, with depths varying from 3-metres to 40-metres, Three Islands is one of the most beautiful dive spots in the Turkish Riviera.
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