In 2011, Turkey attracted over 31 million tourists – a 3 million increase on its figures for 2010, and more than triple the figures a decade ago.
What has made this fascinating region so appealing in the last decade? Combined with an increased effort from the government to increase tourism, plus large immigrant populations in the UK, especially London, Turkey’s name has been on the rise.
Another reason for its popularity is the diversity of Turkey holidays, available from low-cost reputable providers such as On The Beach. As most tour operators will tell you, the country offers almost all things for all people. There are standard beach holidays, exciting city breaks in Istanbul, areas of history and beauty like Bodrum and Cappodocia- there is basically all you need if it is active holidays in Turkey what you’re after.
And on top of all that, there’s the adventure. Turkey has helped create – and shape – a growing adventure tourism industry, using its landscape and good weather to promote activity holidays and trips. We’ve been browsing through travel tips and related articles from recent years, as well as compiling our own experiences and friends’ advice, to bring you a selection of ideal activities for your Turkey holiday.
If you don’t believe this looks like a fun thing to do, check out the operators, Turkey’s most trusted, Alternatif Outdoor. Turkey is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s best sites for whitewater rafting. Even better, it’s a place that combines challenging rapids with gentler waters for the beginners amongst us.
Adventure Camping around Lake Van
Doesn’t this sound exciting? We were also intrigued by what ‘adventure camping’ might mean. It basically entails a lot of outdoor activity packed into a few days, including a boat trip to the nearby Akdamar Island, horse-riding, volcanic hot and cold baths plus excellent hiking. Our personal favorite.
An increasingly popular sport across the world it is one you can practice to perfection here too. Try Gokova in Turkey, though, for the real introduction. Great weather and ace conditions – strong but firm winds and open coastline.