Dim Stream is one of the most important water resources of the region, located within the borders of Alanya district of Antalya , originating from the Taurus Mountains, stretching for 60 km and pouring into the Mediterranean. There are many picnic areas around the Dim Stream, which comes to the rescue of those who want to get away from the scorching heat especially in summer with its cold water in summer and winter, and country casinos consisting of tables and chairs thrown into the tea.
Dim Stream, which also has a rafting track in its upper parts, is a place protected by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry with its national park status with its breathtakingly beautiful Dim Cave , rich wildlife, endemic plant species and lush forest texture.
Dim Stream National Park, Alanya
Dim Stream National Park is located in Alanya district of Antalya, one of the most important tourism destinations in Turkey . Dim Stream, which originates from the Taurus Mountains and flows into the Mediterranean 6 km east of Alanya district center, follows a route of 60 km in total.
Dim Stream, which has many natural beauties, waterfalls, camping areas, rich forest texture and caves on the route it follows, has been given the status of a national park due to this feature.
In the Dim Stream National Park, which welcomes those who want to escape the scorching heat of the Mediterranean during the summer period, there are many restaurants, cafes and tea gardens on the road that continues in the north-south direction parallel to the stream.
The most well-known feature of the restaurants and cafes in this region is that they serve on the chairs and tables they throw in the tea. The star of the restaurant’s menu is the trout grown in tea.
The upper part of the stream is used for rafting purposes. The Dim Dam, which was built by the State Hydraulic Works (DSI) in 2004 for irrigation, drinking water and energy purposes, has ensured the regular flow of the stream’s water in all periods.
Dim Cave, Alanya
Dim Cave is located near the eastern slope of the Dim Stream Valley. The cave, which is 232 meters above sea level, is located on the western slope of the 1,691 meters high Cebel Reis Mountain. The cave, which was discovered in 1986 with the contributions of the General Directorate of Cave Mineral Research and Exploration (MTA), was opened to tourism in 1998 after the landscaping, lighting and interior construction works were completed.
Managed by a private enterprise called MAĞTUR AŞ, Dim Cave was accepted as a member of the International Show Caves Association (ISCA) on October 24, 2002. Dim Cave has the title of the first and only cave in Turkey that has been opened to tourism by a private enterprise and operated in accordance with the rules of the International Association of Caves Open to Tourism (ISCA).
Dim Cave, which has a total length of 410 meters, is 360 meters long and 10-15 meters wide. The cave consists of four main halls and passages, namely Pamukkale, Org, Avizeli and Göl hall. There are dripstones, stalactites, stalagmites, columns, curtains, macaroni and wall formations in all the halls.
At the end of the cave, there is a lake 17 meters deeper than the entrance with 200 square meters of water surface. Dim Cafe & Restaurant, which can serve 150 people in the Dim Cave facilities, is a place you can choose for your eating, drinking and resting needs.
Prices are average. From the viewing terrace of Dim Cave, you can watch the panoramic view of the Mediterranean and Alanya and a part of the Taurus Mountains with binoculars.
Dim Stream National Park is located within the borders of Alanya district of Antalya. You can use Gazipaşa Airport and Antalya Airport to reach Dim Stream National Park by air. Alanya Gazipaşa Airport is 41 km away from Alanya town center.
Antalya Airport is 125 km from Alanya. There are regular bus services between Antalya-Alanya and Gazipaşa-Alanya. The national park is 10 km from Alanya.
Those who are considering transportation to Alanya by private vehicle should use the Antalya-Mersin Highway to reach Alanya, which is 125 km east of Antalya. Alanya is 816 kilometers (9 hours 40 minutes) from Istanbul, 526 kilometers (6 hours 25 minutes) from Ankara, and 595 kilometers (7 hours 30 minutes) from Izmir.
Dim Stream National Park is located 11 km northeast of Alanya town centre. There are regular minibus services from the bus station to the national park. However, it is much easier to reach by private vehicle. For more detailed transportation information, check out my blog post on how to get to Alanya .
While you are in Alanya to visit Dim Stream National Park, you can visit Alanya Castle and Kızılkule , Alanya Archeology Museum, Selcuklu Shipyard, Incekum Beach, Damlataş Cave, Sapadere Canyon and Atatürk House Museum in Alanya , which is one of the most active tourism centers of the Mediterranean coastline . stop by.
Dim Stream National Park is a natural wonder with a peaceful atmosphere with its lush green nature as an alternative to sea, sand and sun tourism in Alanya, the pearl of the Mediterranean. In the region where Dim Stream comes to life, there are waterfalls of all sizes, rich wildlife, caves and pleasant restaurants and cafes.