Döşemealtı

Döşemealtı is a municipality located in ancient Psidia, and contains 55 km of routes found on the Via Eurasia. The county has had an economy based on agriculture for many years; especially cotton, olives, wheat, barley, corn, oats, sesame, onion, citrus fruits and all kinds of vegetables and fruit production has been a source of income. In addition, sheep and cattle breeding and carpet weaving were another source of livelihood. However, the fact that the region has been opened for development now has caused the decrease of agricultural land. According to 2012 figures the urban population of Döşemealtı is 32465. Together with rural area the total population is 47,497.

History of Döşemealtı

The name of the city refers to ancient road above the town (In Turkish Döşeme means “pavement” and altı means below – in other words, below the paved road). Döşemealtı is a recent settlement; the earliest residents moved from Korkuteli in 1934. Later, people from Cyprus and Yörüks (nomadic Turkmens) also settled in Döşemealtı. It was declared as seat of township in 1972 and a district within Greater Antalya in 1998. In ancient times the Via Sebaste, the main Roman road connecting the Pamphylian cities and Pisidian cities, was the main route through Döşemealtı.

Interesting Places in Döşemealtı

Ancient Road

The Ottoman name of the ancient road of Derbent gave Döşemealtı its name. The road connecting Pamphylia cities with Pisidia cities in antiquity, continued to function in Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman periods and even until recently the Yörükler (nomadic Turkmen people) used it as a migration route. There were structures used as military complexes at various times in order to keep control on this road which was continually in use for 2000 years. This road, which consists of paving stones, gave its name to the Döşemealti area. The pavement is 4 m wide on the road surface.


Ariassos

Ariassos, founded by Scythians in 3000 BC, is one of the cities of Pisidia. The city, which was destroyed and abandoned in the aftermath of an earthquake, is in a position guarding the mountains. The ruins are mainly of Roman and Byzantine times, with few remains of the earlier Hellenistic period. The best preserved is that of the 3rd-century-AD triple-arched city entrance once surmounted by four statues. Other buildings include an extensive nymphaeum and baths, as well as a large area of houses. There are many graves above the city.


Sections

  1. Sia to Ariassos 18.9 km
    After the ancient city of Sia, the route crosses into Döşemealtı. The path runs through forest then passes cisterns on the Via Sebaste. It heads west towards the village of Dağbeli, where you will find a minibus stop and market for supplies. After exiting the town, the route crosses the main Antalya road and takes you to the ancient city of Ariassos.
  1. Ariassos to Termessos 16 km
    The route, starting from the ancient city of Ariassos, descends into the Akkoç Valley before ascending again. Along the way you will find many water sources, camping spots, and a few houses, as well as great views of the valley. The path works its way around hills on the cliff sides before crossing a stream and merging onto a dirt road. It then crossing into the municipality of Korkuteli.
  1. Termessos to Asagikaraman 20 km
    Descending down from the ancient city of Termessos, the route enters Döşemealtı. Following a dirt track, there are many places to camp along this route. It continues to head south-east along the valley and border of Döşemealtı. The dirt track merges into path as the route continues and reaches Asagikaraman.

Accommodation

There are some hotels in the main town of Döşemealtı as well as some places to camp along the route.

Transport

Because there is easy main road access from İstanbul, Ankara and Isparta to Antalya city, and public transport to Dağ or along the Korkuteli road to Termessos from the main bus station of Antalya, the route is very suitable for day-hikers as well as long-distance trekkers. There are also frequent international and domestic flights to and from Antalya airport.

                        


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