If you have ever been to Turkey, you will agree that it could easily be mistaken for a small continent owing to its rich diversity- both culturally and geographically. Blessed with majestic mountains and valleys, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and grottoes, Turkey is turning into an adventure-lovers’ paradise.
No matter what time of the year you are planning a visit or which part of the country you want to discover, make sure to let loose and let adventure guide you through its diversity.
The azure waters of the Mediterranean, the Aegean, and the Black Sea, as well as the Sea of Marmara, surround Turkey to the south, west and north. With over 8,333 kilometers of coastline along the four seas, it is a treasure chest of coves, inlets, bays and beaches at which yachtsmen can choose a different and private anchorage each night.
For lovers of the active life, sailing in clear waters provides great opportunities for swimming, fishing, skiing, surfing and diving. It also allows you to experience a truly enriching cultural exchange with the hospitable and gracious people of the coastal villages and towns. During the warmer months from April to November, underwater diving is a popular sport where you can see underwater caverns and sunken ships. There are scuba diving schools throughout the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. Choose from amongst the diving centers of Kas, Kemer, Bodrum, and Saro. Although, Marmaris, Fethiye, Kas and Antalya – all of which provide great facilities.
If water isn’t your territory, Turkey has many mountains that offer winter sport activities like skiing, mountain climbing and hiking. It presents to mountain lovers an incredible variety of climbing opportunities that are sure to satisfy the most demanding hikers and climbers. Mountains come in all sizes, geo-morphological and tectonic structures and boast abundant wildlife and forests teeming with diverse flora and fauna. Some of the best winter sports are offered at climbing sites such as Agri-Mount Ararat, Kayseri-Mount-Erciyes, and Rize Kacker Mountain Range.
For those looking to try something different, Turkey has approximately 40,000 caves and caverns to explore from the Caverns of Antayla to the Caves of Zongulduk through a unique sport known as spelunking.
Finally, if you are tired of life on land, try the many air sports that Turkey has to offer. Hang gliding, parachuting, plane gliding, and Para gliding are popular and can be safely carried out in the stable summer weather of Turkey from well-known flight zones of Ölüdeniz (Babadağ) and Denizli (Pamukkale) and falling zones of Ankara, İnönü and Efes.
Excited already? Wait till you get there, only to come back soaked in adventure and with countless interesting stories.