Turkey is not the first country on your list when you think adventure travel, but every country has its highlights. Here are five adventure activities that will make you want to consider a trip to Turkey.
Whitewater rafting and kayaking
Turkey is blessed with some high mountains, decent rainfall, and raging rivers, which are the necessary requirements for quality whitewater. The Dalaman and Coruth Rivers will provide a great time for thrill seekers who love to plummet through quality rapids whether you are an expert kayaker or a whitewater rafter.
The Coruth River in Northwest Turkey is considered by some one of the top whitewater rivers in the world fed by rainfall from snow melt from the Black Sea Mountains. The best time for high volume water is in May and June. The Dalaman River is not too shabby either with grade four rapids.
Southwest Turkey has some wonderful hiking opportunities with mountains, pine forests, and panoramic seascapes. Hikers can also explore remnants of ancient civilizations while trekking. The Lycians, Carians, and Romans lived here thousands of years ago and many hikes will take people past ancient relics from these ancient groups.
Hiking is also a great way to see the local flora and fauna. Deer, lynx, fox, badgers, and porcupines call this area home. Turkey is not a major bird migration route, but there are plenty of interesting species to check out in the region. Check out this lengthy list here.
The coast of Turkey is a paradise for sea kayakers. Turkey boasts rugged pristine coastlines, hidden bays, interesting islands, and fantastic bird and animal life. Just like an adventure traveler can explore ancient civilization sites via hiking, the same can be said with sea kayaking as the coast is teaming with castles and interesting cities and villages both ancient and modern.
Any place that is good for hiking will most likely have excellent mountain biking trails as well. Turkey is no exception as the countryside has many rural areas worthy of exploration by bike.
Turkey is not just known for summer activities. They have plenty of winter adventure as well with several mountains ranges. Their highest point is Mt. Ararat, which reaches over 16,000 feet. The Western Taurus Mountains are closest to Dalaman with two peaks, Mt. Eren and Mt. Sandras with good snow cover in the 8,000 foot range. There is a skiing center which will be opened soon on Mt. Eren, so locals and visitors alike will soon be able to enjoy the region year round.
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I’d be happy to try sea kayaking off the coast of Turkey and also to hike the Lycian Way -supposedly one of the world’s great treks.
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I have been sea kayaking over the sunken city of Kekova – great fun
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