We are going on an adventurous journey to Gelidonya Lighthouse, located at the southern end of Antalya, the pearl of the Mediterranean with its unique nature and sea view.
Summer tourism is one of the first mention of a possible holiday landmark to be visited Antalya in Turkey is the Gelidonya Lighthouse. Gelidonya Lighthouse does not have much historical value since it was built in the 1930s by the General Directorate of Coastal Safety. However, Taşlık Cape and Teke Peninsula, where the lighthouse is located, are famous for their sunken ships. Since there is no vehicle transportation, you can go to Gelidonya hill on foot with adventure-filled paths.
İçindekiler / Index
- Where is Gelidonya Lighthouse?
- How much is Gelidonya Lighthouse Entrance Fee?
- Things to Know Before Going to Gelidonya Lighthouse
- Gelidonya Lighthouse and Lycian History
- Gelidonya Lighthouse Hotel and Accommodation
- Gelidonya Lighthouse Tour with Photos
Where is Gelidonya Lighthouse?
There are not many options to reach the Gelidonya Lighthouse. If you do not go with a group or tour but want to reach it with your own means, you need a vehicle.
Follow the Lycia – Gelidonya signs for about 6 km by entering the forest road through Karaöz Town of Mavikent Town, which is connected to Antalya Kumluca district. You can also see the famous Pirate Bay on this road.
When you see the Gelidonya Lighthouse (Deniz Feneri) sign in the picture, park your vehicle in a suitable place on the side of the dirt road and start climbing up the pathway. When you continue without deviating from the path, you will arrive at the Gelidonya Lighthouse in half an hour to one hour depending on your walking speed. Our climb to Gelidonya Hill took about 1.5 hours because we went out with my 4-year-old daughter.
Visitors coming to Gelidonya Lighthouse from Ankara and Istanbul can take the road to Kumluca via Antalya, to Mavikent Town and from there to Korsan Koyu (Pirate Bay) by car.
How much is Gelidonya Lighthouse Entrance Fee?
You do not have to pay any fees to see the Gelidonya Taşlıkburnu Lighthouse. There is no parking fee as you park your car on the roadside. The interior of the Gelidonya lighthouse is forbidden. However, walking around, walking around and taking photos is free.
Things to Know Before Going to Gelidonya Lighthouse
Before going to Taşlıkburnu Lighthouse, known as Gelidonya Lighthouse, some of the preparations and things you should take with you are:
1- There is no cafe, market or facility where the Gelidonya lighthouse is located. Therefore, take plenty of cold water and food that is easy to carry with you. It is recommended to keep wet wipes and napkins. Because, unfortunately, there is no WC or sink facility.
2- If you are considering accommodation, the only solution will be a camping tent. Outdoor accommodation is not recommended due to the danger of scorpions.
3- Have a rechargeable lamp, flashlight and power bank with you, as there is no power line at Taşlık Point, where the Gelidonya Lighthouse is located. Making fires in the summer can be dangerous for woodland.
4- Don’t forget to wear a hat and sunglasses while going to Gelidonya Lighthouse. In addition, it is recommended to use sunscreen to protect from the harmful effects of the sun while walking.
Gelidonya Lighthouse and Lycian History
Who Built Gelidonya Lantern?
Gelidonya Lighthouse was founded by the General Directorate of Coastal Safety in 1934 and entered service after 2 years and started to guide the ships in the Mediterranean. Gelidonya Deniz Feneri was operated with a gas oil system until 1990, electrical lighting systems were installed thanks to a diesel generator in the 90s, and in the 2000s, it operates with electricity obtained from Solar Energy panels installed on its roof.
Although Gelidonya Lighthouse is still very young, its geography has hosted very old civilizations. Since it is located on the historical Lycian Way, there are sunken ships in the bay in front of Gelidonya Cape. The shipwreck of a Phoenician merchant ship in 1200 BC is also located here. The sunken ship, which is about 30 meters deep, was first discovered by an American diver in 1954 and was completely uncovered and taken under protection in 1961.
Suluda and Five Islands, located in front of Taşlıkburnu, had a great strategic importance in the Lycian Civilization. Because there were very strong reverse currents in this part of Antalya Bay, known as the Pamphylia Sea. For this reason, it was impossible for enemy ships to approach this region in those times. Due to these reverse currents, the area turned into an underwater ship graveyard. The story of the Gelidonya lighthouse is this.
Information about Gelidonya Lighthouse
It is known as Gelidonya Cape, Taşlık Cape and Kırlangıç Cape. Demir Family operates the Gelidonya Lighthouse. Gelidonya Lighthouse can generate periodic light signals every 3 seconds at night thanks to the Green Energy produced by Solar Energy.
Gelidonya Lighthouse Hotel and Accommodation
Taşlık Burnu, where the Gelidonya Lighthouse is located, is one of the best places to watch the view of the Mediterranean. You can dive for hours to this virgin beauty. Accommodation in Gelidonya lighthouse can be made only with camping and camping tent. You can set up your tent at the Gelidonya Camping Area located just below the lighthouse. There are no hotels, pensions, restaurants, cafes or commercial establishments in this area. Although Gelidonya hotel does not offer a solution in terms of hostels and hotels, there are pensions suitable for accommodation in the district of Karaöz.
Gelidonya has an important place after Adrasan, Olympos and Kemer in Antalya’s sightseeing routes. The Gelidonya tour provides a completely different environment especially for athletes who like climbing, trekking, hiking in the forest, those who like to take pictures, campers and those who want to experience adventure in nature.