Much is written in this visitor’s guide about Gazipasa’s past, it’s ancient ruins,
the culture of previous generations and of course, it’s history, all of which will
be of interest to readers of this guide. But today is also a time of change for Gazipasa
as it embarks on yet another phase of its history and development. No longer is it
an undiscovered rural, agricultural town to where few travellers venture; now, thanks
to the vision and progressive attitude of its mayor, its council and its people,
it is a town of expectation and excitement for the future.
Over the past few years, Gazipasa has seen much investment in it’s infrastructure
and amenities including new shops, market and a new bus station. The roads and pavements
have been upgraded and there is a new promenade with tasteful bars and restaurants,
as well as an attractive botanical garden down on the beachfront. And just recently
the council has announced the approval of plans for an impressive new international
yachting marina development which will incorporate not only shops and restaurants
but also a cinema and amphitheatre for visiting sailors and tourists to enjoy.
But the biggest “prize” of all will be the opening in the autumn 2008 of the new
international airport, located just 5 miles outside the town on the road towards
Alanya. This will be a hub for tourists visiting this south eastern corner of Turkey
including the popular resorts of Alanya and Side and will greatly reduce the transfer
journey times, currently over 90 minutes from Antalya.
The arrival of the airport will have a huge effect on the local economy, bringing
both visitors and investors to the town and in return create employment and prosperity
for its inhabitants. Gazipasa will no longer be the poor neighbour of Alanya; instead
it will be a vibrant and progressive town which, through prudent planning considerations
will provide modern facilities and amenities yet still maintain its true Turkish
character and charm.
There is no doubt that Gazipasa is an exciting place to associated with right now......
In a world where people never seem to stop long enough to appreciate the natural
beauty of the world around them, Gazipasa shines out with its unspoilt naturalness,
its fascinating history, its unpolluted environment, and the friendly disposition
of its people.
This guide has been written by the people of Gazipasa and tells of the town’s geographical
location, its natural environment, the history of its people and their cultures and
traditions. And no guide would be complete without a section about the food and traditional
dishes of Turkey.....