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Location of Kumluca within Turkey.
Location of Kumluca within Turkey.
Kumluca is located in Turkey
Coordinates: 36°22′N 30°17′E / 36.367°N 30.283°E / 36.367; 30.283
Kumluca Latitude and Longitude:

36°22′N 30°17′E / 36.367°N 30.283°E / 36.367; 30.283
Country  Turkey
 • MayorMustafa Köleoğlu ( CHP)
 • District1,227.79 km2 (474.05 sq mi)
15 m (49 ft)
 (2012) [2]
 •  Urban
 • District
 • District density54/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+2 ( EET)
 • Summer ( DST) UTC+3 ( EEST)
Area code+90 242

Kumluca is a town and district of Antalya Province on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, part of the Turkish Riviera. Kumluca is located 90 km (56 mi) west of the city of Antalya, on the Teke Peninsula, (between the bays of Antalya and Fethiye). Its neighbour towns are Korkuteli, Elmalı, Finike, Kemer and Antalya

The town of Kumluca, formerly the village of Sarıkavak, is named for its sandy soil (kum meaning sand in Turkish), good for growing watermelons.


The centre of the district is a plain pointing north from the Mediterranean coast and surrounded by mountains on three sides. The northern part of the district is hilly and mountainous. Summers are hot and dry, winters cool and wet as one would expect in a Mediterranean district. The coast never gets snow, though it snows in the mountains. In this climate fruit and vegetables can be grown under glass all year round and this is the mainstay of the local economy, along with orange trees. Kumluca is a wealthy district.


In the last years of the Seljuqs of Rum, silver coins were minted in the town. Between 1282 and 1302, the town struck dirhams under Kaykhusraw III, Kayqubad III, and Mesud II with the mint name Sarıkavak ( Arabic: ساروقواق, Sārūqawāq) [3]

Archaeologists have found a shipwreck dating back to the 15th-16th B.C 50 meters away from the coast of Kumluca district in early April in 2019. Archaeologist Hakan Öniz has published an article about this research in the journal Palestine Exploration Quarterly. He announced that a new Bronze Age shipwreck had been discovered in the same coast where the Gelidonya and Uluburun shipwrecks were found and this finding belongs to earlier times than both of them. [4] [5]

Greek Families lived in the village together with the Turks of the village and the Greek families left during the Greek-Turkish population exchange.


The district has a population of 65,652 according to the 2010 census. [6] The town itself has 31.525 inhabitants. Kumluca has 3 municipalities (Beykonak, Çavuşköy and Mavikent) and 24 villages.

The population of inhabited places are shown in the table(Municipalities are shown in bold)

Town/Village Population(2007)
Kumluca 31.581
Altınyaka 276
Belen 331
Beşikçi 523
Beykonak 7.240
Büyükalan 234
Çaltı 172
Çavuşköy 2.435
Çayiçi 202
Dereköy 85
Erentepe 606
Gölcük 284
Güzören 435
Hacıveliler 2.963
Hızırkahya 904
İncircik 290
Karacaağaç 164
Karacaören 748
Kavakköy 620
Kumlucayazarı 883
Kuzca 377
Mavikent 8.033
Ortaköy 440
Salur 2.225
Sarıcasu 2.867
Toptaş 712
Yenikışla 141
Yeşilköy 133
Total 65.904


There are a number of important historical sites in the district of Kumluca including Olympos, Kitanaura, Korydalla, Rhodiapolis, Idebessos and Gagai; of these Olympos is the largest and attracts the most visitors.

There is 30 km (19 mi) of coast with many hotels and restaurants between the villages of Adrasan and Olympos, and holiday villages near the town of Mavikent. West of Mavikent there is less development but taken as a whole Kumluca is one of the fastest growing local economies in Turkey.


  1. ^ "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  2. ^ "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
  3. ^ Diler, Ömer; Hinrichs, Johann-Christoph (2009), Islamic Mints (İslam darp yerleri), vol. 2, Istanbul: Spink, pp. 644–645, ISBN  978-975-8428-18-2
  4. ^ "Copper Ingots Found in Ancient Shipwreck off Turkish Coast". Biblical Archaeology Society. 2019-04-18. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  5. ^ Öniz, Hakan (2019). "A new Bronze Age shipwreck with ingots in the west of Antalya—preliminary results". Palestine Exploration Quarterly. 151: 3–14. doi: 10.1080/00310328.2019.1579467. S2CID  166861964.
  6. ^ Statistical Institute[ permanent dead link]

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