Go for skiing if your timing is correct!
It's a bit strange to write a skiing tip for Izmir as the city is related with sun rather than snow, or with summer rather than winter. However, if you are in Izmir between December and March and if you are really desperate to go skiing, there is a place, actually a mountain 130 km away from the center of Izmir: Bozdag.
- Skiing and Boarding
Fenerbahce was in Izmir
Izmir has three main football clubs Goztepe and Karsiyaka are known to be the two rivals of the city and Altay is also a succesfull football team..
Izmir teams are not so succesfull in the Turkish league on the recent years. There is no team from Izmir in the first division..
However Fenerbahce, Istanbuls most favourite club, was in Izmir due to its fine and Ataturk stadium has shown its respect to Fenerbahce in Izmir also.. Thanks for all 70,000 supporters of Fenerbahce in and around Izmir..
- Sailing and Boating
Great place to dive with either in the bay or up the coast near Cesme.Equipment and standards very high obviously as it's a 5 star IDC centre.
Last year became a National Geographic dive centre as well,so big on the enviroment.
If you haven't got something the shop is packed full of everything you should need.
Emphasis on mixed gas diving.
Equipment: They have almost everything.
- Diving and Snorkeling
Foreigners can only hunt in parties organised by Turkish travel agencies that have been authorised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. These agencies provide all the information concerning seasons, authorised zones, permits, weapons and ammunition. A list of agencies can be obtained from the Union of Travel Agencies (TURSAB).
For more information, contact:
- Forest Ministry, National Parks and Wildlife General Directorate, Gazi Tesisleri No 11, Gazi, Ankara.
Tel: (312) 221 17 69 / 212 63 00 Fax: 222 5140
-Youth and Sport General Directorate, Hunting and Marksman Federation
Ulus Ýshaný A Blok 4 Kat No 404, Ulus, Ankara.
Tel: (312) 310 6160/310 3960. Fax: 310 6160
Around Izmir there are wild boar, especially near Cesme and the Karaburun peninsula, and wild goats. Visitors to check which animals are forbidden to be hunted.
Mountaineering, which is developed recently among youths and students in Ýzmir region, is dealt and improved as a sport. Balçova Hill and Mount Yamanlar, where Balçova cable railway is present, are the places where mount sports are performed as amateur. Beyond this, Madran Mountains, which at the north part of the mountain chains, which are steeply descending to Ýzmir bay, are serving very adequate possibilities in connection with mountaineering with 2000 meters exceeding height.
Youth Tourism There are forestry and youth camps in Ýzmir, where youth can benefit from.
Ýzmir Tourism Training Center
Ýzmir Forestry Camps
Ýzmir Youth Camps
Equipment: Skiing Center
There is a natural ski run at the north base of the Bozdag mountain, and the Ski Centre based here is only 90 minutes from Izmir. It is famous for being the highest point and lowest humidity in the Aegean, making it a popular resort for winter sports and for escaping the summer heat. It has a ski school, plus 22 tourist bungalows, 12 hotel rooms, a restaurant, café, bar, shopping centre and health services.
Bozdað Skiing Facility
Ornithology Kücük Menderes Basýn, in which Ýzmir is situated, has two significant areas for bird watching; Lake Ildýr and Kucuk Menderes Delta.
Küçük Menderes Basin Bird Areas
Water sports Bays of Ýzmir have appropriate points for diving.