The mountain is 24km from Manisa. Manisa can easily be accessed by private and public transportation. The park is known for its mythological and historical points. You will also find a wide variety of flora and fauna. Cavernous developments in the area have resulted in many canyons, caves and steep valleys. The main species of trees here include pine, juniper, poplar, walnut, elm and oak, 20 of which have been determined in scientific research as scarce. Also found here are the Manisa tulips, which gave their name to a period of the Ottoman Empire and were taken to Europe. Species of wildlife living in the park include bears, jackals, roe deer, foxes, badgers, wild goats, vultures and eagles, and there is also a pheasant production farm. You can find some great furnished housing options in the area when visiting as well as camp sites.

The park is rich in history with many myths. According to one, the mountain was named after Cybele, the wife of god Cronos where she is carved into the rocks in Akpinar. But another myth states that the mountain was named after Spilos, the daughter of Friesian king Menos, who was kidnapped, left at the mountain and brought up by wild animals. Tantalos, the king of Lydia, built a luxury housing castle here and to celebrate, he sacrificed his son to the gods, for which he was later punished.

Where to Stay: Anemon Hotel Manisa

The loft for rent rooms off the comforts of your own home with amenities such as a fully stocked mini-bar, plasma TV, central air and heat, top of the line hair dryer, tea kettle, safe and a phone. You can also get a free daily newspaper to catch up on what’s going on around you. You will find delicious high end food and quality entertainment in sophisticated settings such as the Open Buffet, breakfast hall, A’la Carte Restaurant and Tulip Lobby bar.