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How to get active in Turkey

The Olympics is over, but it's already working its magic. We were promised a legacy and if recent reports are anything to go by, perhaps that's just what we'll get. Interest has already increased for local sports clubs and children want to try new sports schools currently do not feature. People's eyes have been opened to new countries boasting their own Olympic heroes and heroines. Gyms are full; more people are out playing sport, even if it is just a bit of bat and ball or a kick around on the beach. Can this momentum be continued? A great way to kick start your new health and fitness regime is with an activity holiday. When you are not given any excuse to sit still and watch TV you have to get active.

Turkey is one of the centres of adventure and activity holidays in Europe. Holidays to Turkey offer everything from sailing and kayaking to rock climbing and mountain biking. Although the country has outstanding beaches, these days more people are booking holidays because of its landscape. They want to climb, bike, swim, sail, paddle, run and hike. On The Beach has holidays to Turkey that may be based in beach resorts, but don't require you to stay put. You can explore using the equipment available to hire from the hotel or head out on your own with a hire car, maps and a well-stocked picnic basket. So what can you expect to get up to?

White water rafting in Dalaman, Turkey, courtesy of

White water rafting

Europe doesn't have many navigable grade five rapids, but those it does have are largely found in Turkey. The gushing glacial melt water is as powerful as it is cold and the fainthearted need to apply. But for those that love to feel adrenaline rushing through their veins then this is an activity for you.


From coastal walks to former Roman highways, Turkey has loads of well-worn walking paths to choose from. The stronger among us can head into the mountains and hike up to the high plateaus in the centre of the country. Novices can take lighter steps in the fertile valleys skirting the coastline, less than an hour's drive from most coastal resorts. The Lycian Trail is a 150-mile Roman road that has become a popular walking and cycling trek. There are B&Bs and hotels along the way to provide sustenance and rest if you choose to do this epic trail by foot.

Mountain biking

When it comes to serious down hilling, dirt biking and cross-terrain mountain biking Turkey is hard to beat. However, it also has trails for beginners too. Forest trails wind through pine groves on purpose built paths. Companies offer guided tours including food and hotel pick up and cater to all levels of biker.

Find out more about Turkey on the country's official tourism site: Go Turkey.