Binary file 20060812tdn matches
- [See more at: http://turkradio.us/k/salda/ ]
x0x Lake Salda: Turkey's hidden beauty awaits discovery
Lake Salda's immaculate sandy beaches, turquoise waters and freshwater
fish are all testament to the purity of the lake. It is said to be the
cleanest lake in Turkey and the second clearest lake in the world
ANKARA - Turkish Daily News
Surrounded by crystal-clear waters to the north, south and west, Turkey
attracts tourists to its enchanting shores for sea, sand and sun, but its
unexplored inner regions have great tourism potential, too.
Lake Salda, located four kilometers west of Burdur's YeÅilova district,
is one such relatively undiscovered corner. It takes its name from the
small nearby town of Salda and extends over part of an area known as the
Lakes District in southwestern Anatolia. This region was formed hundreds
of thousands of years ago by long geological processes, ultimately leading
to the development of the KarataÅ, Salda, YarÄ±ÅlÄ±, AkgÃ¶l, GÃ¶lhisar
and Burdur lakes.
Salda is the most frequently visited of the lakes and, at 185 meters, is
the deepest in Turkey. The immaculate sandy beaches, turquoise waters and
freshwater fish are all testament to the purity of the lake. It is said to
be the cleanest lake in Turkey and the second clearest lake in the world.
Designated a protected area, the lake attracts a large number of
visitors every year with its unspoilt natural beauty.
Lake on Mars:
Salda has magnificent soft, white beaches that experts believe were
formed by the magnesium contained in the waters of the lake. Indeed, the
sandy deposits around the lake are rich in the mineral hydromagnesite.
The lake's almost unreal appearance does not just attract the attention
of tourists. A scientific team from Glasgow University researched the
unusual geological processes in the area for four years, while Britain's
BBC shot a documentary on the lake in 2000. The research conducted so far
has indicated that Lake Salda shares some of the characteristics of the
Campsite in paradise:
But it's not all about science: Opportunities abound for those who want
to enjoy nature without analysis. The YeÅilova Municipality and the
National Park's beaches' white shores are open to visitors. There they can
enjoy a wonderful rest, swim in the lake's clean waters and enjoy the
panoramic views of the forest and hills that surround the lake.
Entrance to the public beach of YeÅilova Municipality is free, while
visitors have to pay for the National Park's forest beach. Campsite
services, including electricity, drinking water, toilets and showers, are
available at both beaches.
The lake is a popular stop for tours organized to Pamukkale from
Antalya; however, the area is also suitable for those able to make a
longer stay: Who could tire of walking on the unique beaches of the lake
whilst enjoying the sand, sun and water?
Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, head of the YeÅilova local
authority, Bahri Tiryaki, said the lake needed to be more effectively
Noting that while the local authorities of the area had an important
duty to promote the lake, he added that guesthouse owners and other local
business were also in a position to make an important contribution.
ï¿½When I show some of the pictures of the lake and shore to my friends,
their first question is ï¿½Is this somewhere abroad?' They are really
surprised when I say that the photos and the beaches are of Lake Salda,ï¿½
Copyright 2006, Turkish Daily News. This article is redistributed with permission for personal use of TurkC-L readers. No part of this article may be reproduced, further distributed or archived without the prior permission of the publisher. Contact: Turkish Daily News Online on the Internet World Wide Web. www.turkishdailynews.com For information on other matters please contact tdn-f@...