Gazipaşa on the eastern edge of the Gulf of Antalya is rich in historical and geographical attractions. The district of Gazipaşa lies three km inwards on an alluvial plain and was the renowned harbour of Selinus in antiquity. When Roman Emperor Trajan fell during his expedition to the eastern realms of the empire he died in Selinus on his return trip to Rome.
The city was therefore referred to as Traianapolis for a certain period.
The ancient city of Selinus was established on a high rocky outcrop east of the harbour where one can find the remnants of city walls and other structures. The remnants of the bath, agora and church where the Hacımusa (Selinus) stream meets the sea are of great interest.
The harbour of ancient Selinus, extending east and west along the coast, received merchant ships carrying cargo and passengers from places such as Cyprus to Egypt. The remnants of this harbour serve as a testimony to the rich past of this city.
Gazipaşa is also noteworthy for its caves. The stalactite and stalagmite formations of the Yalandünya Cave, one of the largest caves in Anatolia, are highly impressive. This cave is growing in reputation as it is frequented by those who suffer from respiratory problems. The Pirate Cave, which can only reached by the sea, is one of the most visited locations by tourists.
Gazipaşa Airport has been receiving an increasing number of flights since the day of its opening and will be a great boost for tourism in the region.
Gazipaşa with its long, beautiful beaches, marina, natural and historical attractions is an ideal holiday destination that will become even more popular in the near future.