From rugged mountains to sparkling seas, Turkey covers a beautifully diverse landscape. A growing number of adventure travelers are keen to explore this stunning part of the globe, and this demand is reflected in the 2014 Turkey holidays currently on offer. If you’re looking for a less generic, more scenic, holiday in Turkey, here are five fantastic options:
1. Kayaking the Turquoise Coast
Also known as the Turkish Riviera, the ‘Turquoise Coast’ is rich in history, mythology, and jaw-dropping beauty. What better way to explore this famous coastline than from the sea itself? As you paddle through the glistening Mediterranean waters, you’ll glide past ancient ruins, quaint coastal villages and peaceful uninhabited islands. Stopping for swims and picnics along the way, this sea-top adventure is very much about embracing the journey.
2. Sailing the Lycian Coast
Let the wind be your guide on a sailing holiday around the gorgeous Lycian Coast, from Marmaris to Kalkan. Glide through tranquil inlets, moor up in ancient harbours and experience the friendly maritime culture of this historic coastline. Sailboat tours offer the best of both worlds – giving you access to the region’s ancient ruins, charming coastal villages and thriving nightlife, whilst providing a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle on land.
3. Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia
The golden rocks and ‘fairy chimneys’ of this historic region in Central Anatolia could not be a more spectacular backdrop for a hot air balloon ride. Soaring above the unique rock formations, underground cities, pigeon houses and ancient churches of Cappadocia feels more like myth than reality. There’s truly no better way to grasp the region’s ancient, unusual beauty than with a bird’s eye view from the basket of a giant balloon.
4. Horseback Riding the Evliya Çelebi Way
Saddle up for a thrilling horseback adventure through the remote Turkish northwest. You’ll follow the newly restored path taken by the legendary 17th-century traveler Evliya Çelebi. On a two-week trek, you’ll encounter charming villages, historic sites and stunning scenery along the way.
5. Mountain Biking Around Dalyan
Starting from the town of Dalyan, famous for the ancient ruins of Kaunos and its stunning coastal cliffs, a cycle tour will take you through the region’s surrounding villages and lush farmlands. Cycling through pine forests and pomegranate plantations, you’ll have the freedom to make the journey your own. From chatting with local farmers to enjoying a cool beverage in a remote village cafe, encourage your guide to show you the route less traveled.