Turkey is a beautiful country with dramatic landscapes, a rich history and majestic architecture. From the impressive mosques and vibrant markets found in the timelessly charming city of Istanbul, to the beaches of glistening white sand and clear waters on the coast, there’s something for everyone. For outdoor enthusiasts, here are some unique experiences you won’t want to miss off your agenda for a successful outdoor adventure in Turkey.
Cappadocia is one of the best places in the world to embark on a hot air balloon ride. Breathtaking landscape shaped by volcanic eruptions greet the adventure seeking traveler. The dramatic fairy chimneys, pillars, valleys and mountains are a sight best enjoyed from just under the clouds. There are numerous flights to suit any traveller, with the length of duration and the number of people in the basket all varying in cost.
Down on the ground, wander through the Göreme Valley National Park. Sculpted by erosion, the landscape is drenched in ancient history. It’s impossible not to marvel at the spectacular underground villages and dwellings found here, They are carved into the rocks by early civilizations dating to the 4th century.
Brave the waters
Turkey is famous for its ample water-sporting opportunities. One can enjoy everything from white water rafting to parasailing readily available throughout the country’s stunning natural surroundings.
If you fancy, try your hand at white water rafting. The Köprülü Kanyon in Antalya is the perfect place to start. Climb aboard and paddle along the winding rivers, surrounded by lush pine forests as you glide down from a height of 2500 metres through the mountains.
For keen scuba divers, Turkey is a paradise. Head to Kaş, the diving capital, to enjoy a multitude of dive sites. The sites teem with exotic marine life and plenty of ancient relics. For intrepid divers, there are even shipwrecks, deep caves and canyons to explore.
Step back in time and hire a kayak to discover the famous Kekova Island. This city was sunk by an earthquake in the 2nd Century AD. Whilst swimming of any kind is forbidden to protect the ruins, the water is so shallow and clear you can easily glide above the amazing remnants of this amazing ancient settlement.
Relax in a hot spring
Hidden amidst the rolling hills of southwest Turkey is the magical wonderland of Pamukkale. This mysterious area is blanketed in white, thanks to calcium deposits from the water of the mountain’s hot springs. The natural rock pools are said to possess healing powers so potent that Cleopatra herself bathed in them.
Pamukkale is also home to the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Hierapolis. The city was destroyed by natural disasters and later rebuilt by the Romans, who added a magnificent amphitheatre which is extremely well preserved and an absolute must-see for any history enthusiast.
With so many hidden gems and amazing places to visit in Turkey, it’s hard to fit it all into one holiday. Wherever you visit, you’re sure to be immersed in the wonders of ancient history and the incredible landscape of this country. So, where will you explore first?