A highlight of any trip to the Cappadocia region is a breathtaking balloon flight in the calm still air over the fairy chimneys at dawn followed by a champagne breakfast. There are many companies that offer such trips and these can be booked easily locally.
Climbing & Trekking
Turkey is ideal for those who like to walk and at the same time take in spectacular scenery. Marked pathways include, on the Mediterranean coast, the Lycian Way between Fethiye and Antalya and the St Paul Trail between Perge and Yalvac.
There are many short trails in the Cappadocian landscape and for serious trekkers the Kackar Mountains in the northeast of the country can be recommended. www.trekkinginturkey.com There are also many mountain ranges in Turkey suitable for climbing, including its highest Mount Ararat at 5137 metres and the Cilo-Sat mountain range and the Kackar mountains in the east of the country. The west also offers opportunities with the Taurus mountain range that stretches from the east along the south of the country and includes the Beydaglari and Aladaglari Mountains of the Antalya province.
Turkey has risen to become a world class player in golf, with the Belek region near Antalya on The Turkish Riviera leading this revolution with 14 of its own courses. The region was also awarded Europe’s 2008 Golf Destination of the year at the golf industry’s prestigious annual IAGTO Awards, the golf industry equivalent of the Oscars. With 19 world class courses across Belek, Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia and the Mugla region, a fantastic climate and high quality yet affordable hotels situated close to some very impressive courses, Turkey is ideal for year round golfing holidays.
Horseriding holidays and short day treks are available in various resorts around Turkey, including Antalya, Marmaris and Fethiye, and there are even horseriding clubs in Istanbul and Ankara. The Cappadocian valleys are ideal for trekking by horse and there are many companies offering rides and tours around the region. Paragliding & parachuting It is possible to paraglide, parachute and even fly single engine flights in many resorts around Turkey, including Bodrum, Fethiye, Pamukkale, Eskisehir and Istanbul. Oludeniz in Fethiye is particularly well-known for paragliding for its fantastic views of the lagoon.
Skiing and snowboarding are popular winter sports in Turkey; Uludag in Bursa is Turkey’s oldest established ski resort and conveniently close to Istanbul. Kartalkaya in Bolu close to Ankara and Palandoken in Erzurum with Turkey’s longest run at 12km are also popular. Other resorts include Erciyes, Sarikamis, Zigana, Davraz and Saklikent near Antalya, where you can swim and ski in the same day in certain seasons. Heli-skiing is also gaining in popularity, particularly in the Kackars.