All Kinds of Activities in Turkey
The competition that I saw the most of in Turkey was backgammon. There are tables outside all of the coffee houses and tea houses. Men are playing backgammon with unbelievable speed. I can still "hear" the clatter of dice hurtling across backgammon boards. During the winter, I was told that the cafes become backgammon halls.
Perhaps the most popular sport in Turkey is soccer. I always saw children playing soccer. I also noted that all large cities had grand soccer stadiums.
But one of the most comical sports that we were told about was camel wrestling. These matches take place along the Aegean coast south of Izmir during the months of December and January.
Diving is also a popular [and well regulated] sport in Turkey.
Paragliding takes place usually in the high Babadagi Mountain overlooking the beach at Olu Deniz
Ballooning usually happens near Cappadocia
Of course, hiking and climbing are really popular in rugged Kackar Mountain Range above the Black Sea in the northeastern part of Turkey. DON'T ATTEMPT HIKING OR CLIMBING IN KACKAR WITHOUT A LOCAL GUIDE!
Yachting, sailing, and boating is very popular due to the vast coastline from four seas [Mediterranean, Black Sea, Aegean, and Sea of Marmara. The climate is excellent, and you will see luxury yachts moored in marinas, but most of the boats are locally made and called Turkish gulets. They have wide, spacious decks and plenty of headroom below. They are equipped with motors and fully functional rigging.
If you are an outdoor lover, you will adore Turkey.Related to:
- Historical Travel
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- Hot Air Ballooning
Going rafting is a fun thing to do. From Antalya many tour companies have daily rafting tours. The rafting is done in the national park Köprülü Canyon and it starts by an old Ottoman bridge. You will not be alone as many tours are also organised from Side and Alanya.
I went with Mevlana tours in Antalya (run by a very nice couple). In the morning everyone was picked up at their hotel and then the minibus left for Köprülü Canyon. After arriving we had to wait but finally got helmets and lifejackets. Before going down the river in the boats everyone got the opportunity to throw oneself from a rope into the freezing water. And cold it was! It took some hours to reach the final destination and we made some stops along the way, one for lunch. At some points we jumped from the boats, but did not stay long in the water because it was so cold.
The price for the day can differ depending on company, how many you are etc.
Bring a waterproof camera if you want to take photos along the boat ride.Related to:
Scubadiving in Kas
Kas is said to have the best diving in Turkey. Well, it is not the Red Sea but have some nice divingspots. I only made three dives and saw trumpetfishes, big groupers, tubeworms, fire worms cucumbers etc. There were also some broken amphoras and caves.
I dived with Mavi diving which is a German divingcentre with mostley German divers. Once a week they make daytrips, otherwise one dive in the morning and one again in the afternoon. Their boat is very well equiped. Once a week they also make a BBQ for divers.Related to:
- Water Sports
- Diving and Snorkeling
cycling in turkey
i have cycled along the turkish southcoast from dalaman airport to the syrian border.
i have also cycled along the black sea coast from the greek broder to georgia.
cycling in turkey is quite good even if the roads are a bit crowded from time to time.
be aware that turkey is very hilly and you have very few flat stretches.
Equipment: a bicycle.
preferably one with low gears.Related to:
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Tubing in the Medditerranean
When on the boat cruise from Antalya to Fethiye, we stopped at a few random places and random boats will come up and try to sell services or food. One of the boats was a speed boat so we decided to go tubing! You can waterski or wakeboard but the equipment was weak. It was fun and definately recommend it to everyone!
Equipment: You bathing suit..... They provide the lifejacket and tube...Related to:
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She'll Be Coming Round the Mountains...
We have magnificent mountains and forests in Turkey but unfortunately they are mostly undeveloped. Of course this means they offer an extraordinary variety of wildlife, flora and fauna. Two of Turkey's most famous peaks are volcanoes, both inactive, Mt. Erciyes in Kayseri in Central Anatolia (3.917 m) and Mt. Agri (Mt. Ararat 5.137 m) in the East.
Other well-known mountain ranges are the Rize-Kackar (3.932 m) in the Eastern Black Sea region, Nigde-Aladag (3.756 m) in the Central Taurus range, and the Cilo and Sat Mountains (4.136 m) near Hakkari in the Eastern Taurus.
For climbers, Turkey offers a wealth of exploration. I am not personally into mountaineering but friends of mine who are always say that the challenging terrain offers great opportunities for outdoor sports fans who find interesting experiences on the mountains of Eastern, Central and Southern Turkey.
For further details you can also visit the websites of Turkish Mountaineering Federation or Turkey MountainsRelated to:
- Mountain Climbing
Skiing in Turkey
The Anatolian peninsula of Turkey is covered with North Anatolian Mountains in the North and Toros (Taurus) Mountains in the South.
During the normal winter conditions the height of the snow reaches approximately 3 meters, and, covered with forests, the natural beauty of the mountainous areas is stunning. I can say this as I don't ski but I like going to skiing resorts (such as Uludag, Kartalkaya, Ilgaz, etc.) with friends and I always have a good time with nature.
You can also check the website of Turkish Ski FederationRelated to:
- Skiing and Boarding
The seaside village of Olu Deniz near Fethiye is surrounded on three sides by impressive mountains and is fast becoming the place to be in Turkey for serious Para-gliders.
Baba Dag(Mountain) at Oludeniz offers three takeoff sites at 1700, 1800 and 1900 meters, facing SW , E and NE / SE respectively, which enable takeoffs with any wind direction. Imagine launching off majestic Babadag , flying with a bird's eye view of the most picturesque bay in Turkey -the Oludeniz Beach and Blue Lagoon.
Currently there are many private companies who are arranging guided flights and giving lessons. You only need to choose to fly..
Equipment: Paraglider is a large canopy 35/40 feet wide, which is made up of cell segments, open at the leading edge to allow air to inflate the canopy.Related to:
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Long Distance Cycling: From Sile to Sinop
I like cycling but I don’t (better say can’t) cycle long distances so in this tip I’m going to tell about a cycling route that has been tried by one of my cycling-fan friends a couple of years ago. They preferred to cycle along the Black Sea coast from Sile to Sinop. In a way I’ll be acting as a story teller on behalf of my friend. This is what they have done:
They started pedalling with the hilly road from Sile to Agva (40 km). They continued with Kefken, Pinarli and reached Karaagac in the evening. They made more or less 100 km. on their first day.
Next day they took the sandy (and dusty) road to Karasu and then to Kocaali. They stopped for lunch at Karaburun and stopped for a refreshing swim in Akcakoca. They continued to Eregli, fighting with the trucks from time to time. They spent the night in Eregli.
On the third day they took the bus to Zonguldak as the road from Eregli to Zonguldak is very dangerous for cyclists. From there, they pedaled along the busy Bartin road, and then towards north to Amasra on the coast. The road after Amasra is pleasurable but difficult. The road wound in sharp bends through green forests, passing fishing villages and small towns. At Cambu Bay they stopped for a lunch of fish. There they asked one of the locals to drive them to Göldere Falls and the local happily took them. From the Falls, they took the narrow road from the village of Kanatli into the mountains. Their next stop was Tekkeönü (famous for its boat building) then to Kurucasile and Kapisu. They spent the night in Kapisu.
The following day they entered the province of Kastamonu and swam in the cove of Gideros (the ancient Kyotros) and cycled to Cide. The road from Cide to Doganyurt was pretty demanding but lovely. They stopped for meal at Aydos and then camped in Kavakli. That morning they passed numerous villages and arrived at a pretty village, Kayran, just beyond Doðanyurt, surrounded by fields of maize, hazelnuts and cabbages. At lunch time they swam on the outskirts of Inebolu. After some several steep hills they reached Gemiciler and then to Abana, one of Turkey's first seaside resorts.
Two last uphill hauls brought them to Catalzeytin's long beach, where they had another swim and spent the night at the Teachers Guest House. In the morning they swooped across the bridge into the province of Sinop, and the road flattened out again. After passing Türkeli, they took the secondary coast road to Ayancik. They had lunch at Istefan Bay, swam at Camurca Beach, and bought some of the local linen as presents to take home. In the morning they stopped for a final swim at Harzana and finally took the bus from Sinop to Istanbul.Related to:
Spiraling down to the Turquoise Sea
The people who have done it, say it's the ultimate experience they ever had in Turkey. They drive you all the way up the granite mountain that towers over the Fethiye Bay, you get a pilot assigned to you, and the both of you skip, hop and jump until a gentle breeze lifts you over the hill and lets you spiral slowly down to the beautiful pristine turquoise bay of Ölideniz.
Equipment: They provide the equipment, and if you don't already have a license to paraglide they provide you with a pilot, so you can do a tandem jump.
They also have a paragliding school, that belongs to one of the best ones in Europe.
Sea Kayaking !
Sea Kayaking on the sunken city of Kekova is the most impressive attractions in Turkey !
the other place where u can do it, Köycegiz Lake, the Dalyan delta and the coastline between Dalyan and Göçek Bay, with its many charming islands and bays...
An Invitataion !
Although Turkey is know with its beaches, water sport ans swimming..
but also much of Turkey is mountainous, it is avaliable to ski and snowboard..
Bursa - Uludag: This ski centre 36 km south of Bursa . The ski area lies between 1800-1900 m and the best season is from December to April.
Bolu-Kartalkaya : This resort situated on the Istanbul - Ankara highway 50 km from Bolu.December to April is the most suitable season.
Erzurum-Palandoken : This centre is 6 km from Erzurum along a good road, Iying at an altitude of 2200 to 3100 m with some of the longest and most difficult courses and best snow conditions in Turkey.December to April is the most suitable season
Antalya - Saklikent :Situated north east of Bakirli dagi the Beydag mountain range, 50 km north west of Antalya, at a height of 2000m .The best season is from January to April.
Kayseri - Erciyes : This ski centre lies at 2150 m on the eastern face of Erciyes Dagl.
November to May is the best season..
Ankara - Elmadag : This is a lovely place to relax, 23 km out of Ankara.
llgaz Dagi : Situated between Kastamonu and Cankiri at the junction of the Istanbul- Kastamonu, Ankara-Kastamonu roads.
Equipment: ***equipment are available for hire ***
Paragliding is the simplest form of human flight.The Mediterranean of Turkey,especially Oludeniz provides ideal conditions for paragliding( the best place in Europe I reckon )and Paragliding in Oludeniz ia as famous as the area itself....once you are on the air,you will probably be surprised by how quiet and peaceful the experience is..and don't forget take your camera with you to record the experience of a lifetime.
Equipment: To make this sport, you don't have to be experienced. All you have to do is, to choose which company to fly with, among lots of the agencies in Oludeniz..If you don't have a licence to fly, you will have your first experience with a licenced and experienced pilot. The pilots do everything for you. All you have to do is just to enjoy the beauties ...
Scuba Diving and Snorkling !
Scuba diving in Turkey is a new activity that's gaining popularity especially in the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts specaily in Kas.There is plethora of animals,plants,historical ruins and treasures in the undersea world..
Equipment: There are many diving centers in Turkey and , enables us to match your level of experience, language preferences and specific requirements to the best resort and to the most appropriate and professionally run dive centers..
Diving conditions are excellent throughout the diving season -April to November- and clear blue waters with viz. of up to 30 metre is the norm. The underwater landscape is varied with reefs, walls, drop-offs and caverns
It's a little known fact, but Turkey has some excellent rivers for white water rafting.In summer ,you 'll be rafting in gentlier waves of the river,Even if u are a beginner,like me,u can easily join this exciting adventure.The beauty of rafting is that no previous experience at all is required to experience this exhilarating outdoor sport. Each raft, which carries 4-8 people, is under the full control of a professional guide..
Equipment: Rivers that are rafted in Turkey :
The Dalaman River: (S.West of Turkey, near to Marmaris, Fethiye and Dalyan) Grade 3-4, April - October. There is also a grade 5 section which is run April-July.
The Köprülü River: near Antalya - grade 3, April - October
The Çoruh River: North-east Turkey - grade 5 and 4, May - July 4
The Zamanti River : near Cappadocia - grade 3
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