Zeytintaşı Cave

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Zeytintaşı Cave

Zeytintaşı Cave ; the rapid change in the world affects tourism sector as well as it does the others. As known, tourism activities carried out in Turkey are densely observed in Mediterranean and Aegean Coasts and they have been developed in accordance with mass tourism. However,attendance to mass tourism activities have been going down tourism has turned out to be a natural activity which is away from customary tourism centers and in which authentic values related to learning about new cultures. In this sense, caves have become the mostly interested ecosystems that can easily be demolished unless they are well administered. Moreover, most negatively affected caves are the ones which are near to the coastal regions and where the transportation facilities are easy. As a matter of fact, Insuyu and Damlataş caves have had these harms and they have lost their beauty as a result of dense visits and a cave administration which has not been planned carefully. In this sense, Zeytintaşı cave has a typical feature. Zeytintaşı Cave takes place in the 16 km north of the center of Serik –a town of Antalya; in the southeast of Akbaş Village and in the south slope of Zeytintaşı (Zeytinlitaş) Hill. Zeytintaşı Cave, opened to tourism in 2001, has been run by Serik Administrative District, Union of Service for Villages. It is satisfactory that Zeytintaşı cave sediments have not been destroyed (apart from a small part during the application of electrification project). However, location of the cave near Antalya-one of the world’s popular tourism region-, convenient position and transportation indicate that it will take dense visits in the future. In this sense, sustaining Zeytintaşı cave to future generations without corruption of it in terms of ecotourism; preparing a well-designed administration plan and application of it have a great importance besides attendance and training of the local people.