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Outdoor Activities in Turkey

From the pristine waters off the coastline to the climbing and trekking in the mountains. These are the best outdoor activities in Turkey.

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Busabout Sail Turkey Photo Essay

Turkey is an increasingly popular tourist destination, promising sun-drenched shores set against a backdrop of spectacular scenery. Sites of archaeological importance abound and at every turn, the country’s rich history and heritage astounds.

A magical mix of Mediterranean culture and Middle Eastern custom incites curiosity and inspires discovery. Not only does Turkey tempt both culture vultures and sun-seekers alike but it’s also an ideal destination to satisfy a spirit of activity and adventure.

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Outdoor Activities in Turkey

Flanked by four different seas, Turkey boasts vast stretches of unspoilt and stunning coastal scenery. From crystal clear seas and still turquoise waters to hidden coves and windswept craggy cliffs, Turkey’s beautiful bays and beaches offer a wealth of water sporting activities.

From snorkelling and scuba-diving to canoeing and kite-surfing, Turkey’s coastal resorts offer an array of activities in stunning surroundings.

Busabout Sail Turkey Photo Essay

Diving is particularly appealing along the Mediterranean and Aegean coastlines and conditions are perfect for both beginners and experienced individuals. With local authority permission, it’s also possible to dive at Gallipoli to view the watery graves of World War 1 wrecks.

The buffeted beaches of the windy Aegean coastline are popular with kite-surfers and windsurfers from around the world. Pegasus flights to Bodrum will get enthusiasts within easy reach of renowned local resorts such as Bitez. Similarly, experienced and adventurous sailors can charter and pilot yachts from Bodrum’s marina and aspiring seafarers are also able to try their hand under the watchful eye of an experienced skipper. Sailing offers an exciting means of coastal exploration, revealing Turkey’s hidden coves and breathtaking beaches.

Busabout Sail Turkey Photo Essay

Turkey’s stunning scenery also presents an array of climbing and trekking opportunities to suit varying degrees of difficulty. From coastal pathways and short trails in the Cappadocia region to serious trekking in the Kackar Mountains in the North East of the country, breathtaking views and vistas are guaranteed.

Turkey also tempts climbers with its many mountain ranges, including the country’s highest Peak at Mount Ararat.

Winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding are also popular pursuits and Turkey’s most established ski resort is conveniently close to Istanbul. In certain seasons, it’s even possible to swim and ski in the same day!

Have you travelled to Turkey? What are your favourite outdoor activities in Turkey?

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Jeff

    November 5, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    So beautiful. Turkey has a lot to offer.

  2. Abby

    November 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Lovely pictures you got here! I would also love to visit Turkey soon together with my family. I heard that Turkey is such a nice place.

    • Jewel

      December 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      I’ve a whole week schedule also to visit there this Xmas. Hope it’ll be a great experience!

  3. Kristy of Family Visa

    November 12, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    I hope I can visit the country again and I will stay there for a bit longer because of fantastic people and amazing tourist spots.

  4. Arti

    November 12, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    I have heard so much about Turkey recently, it certainly sounds like a very good place to spend a few days. Thanks for sharing this article 🙂

  5. Jonathan Look, Jr.

    November 15, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Turkey looks so amazing. Definitely time for a trip there. How did you find a boat to sail on?

  6. Brian W

    November 16, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    There are also so many historical sites to visit – from Istanbul, the old Byzantium, to Schielmann’s Troja. Splendid shores!

  7. Sylvia@Paris-unlimited

    November 19, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Stunning pictures! Wish I could be on that boat watching that beautiful sunset.. 🙂 I’m looking for my honeymoon’s destination as I’m getting married next year. After seeing your blog, I’m seriously considering Turkey.
    Thank you

  8. Raj kumar

    November 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    I heard a lot about Turkey, but did not get an opportunity to visit there. It was nice to know about it through your post.

  9. NaneDirk

    November 24, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    Turkey is simply gorgeous…We come here every year for sailing

  10. Anna

    December 6, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    I’ve been diving along the Mediterranean and it was amazing. I’m very much a beginner but I felt safe after a bit of training and the instructors were lovely. Would definitely recommend! One of my favourite holiday destinations 🙂

  11. Jonny Blair

    December 20, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    I never intended to visit Turkey but somehow ended up spending 3 weeks there recently and LOVED it. As a travel tip – either avoid Istanbul or get out of it as soon as you can. It’s an ugly touristy city that doesn’t reflect Turkish culture as much as the other parts of the country. We loved Ankara and Adana. Off the wall spots like Sumela and Dogubayazit are also worth a look and it’s important to note that November – January time tend to be cheaper as well, as it’s off season. Safe travels. Jonny

  12. krisha

    December 26, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    great place. i heard lot about turkey and i wish that i will go to turkey in the upcoming year 2014. thanks for sharing this one.

  13. Timothy W Pawiro

    January 5, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    w00t … Hope to visit Turkey soon! It’s so pretty <3<3<3

  14. Larry

    January 25, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    I haven’t been to Turkey, but from the pictures I’ve seen of beaches like Oludeniz, I can’t wait to visit!

  15. Natalie@Turkish Travel

    August 25, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    How did I miss this article? Personally, I recommend the Kackar mountains

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Making the Most of a Trip to Monaco

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Monaco is one of the hottest destinations in travel right now, and there has never been a better time to explore the principality that attracts over 320,000 visitors a year from all around the world. While Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco helped plant Monaco firmly on the movie-goers map, and the winding roads and glorious hill-scapes send our minds back to James Bond-esque car rides, there is another side to Monaco that gives itself as the perfect stopover for the adventure holiday-maker.

Monaco in Brief

Nestled on the French coast on the Mediterranean Riviera, Monaco is the richest nation in the world – not just for the celebrity yachts and sports cars that glint in the Monegasque sun – as according to The World Bank, the people of Monaco earn more per capita than any other nation, which is evidenced in how luxurious a place it is. But, it doesn’t just have to be a destination for those with laden pockets. With a population of around 30,000, Monaco was founded as a colony of Genoa in 1215. The House of Grimaldi presided over Monaco ever since (with a brief period of French rule from 1789 to 1814) – with the Prince of Monaco acting as supreme ruler. That is until 1911, when Monaco became a constitutional government, with the monarchy acting as a figurehead, much like Great Britain’s. But what can be done in Monaco?

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Formula One

Monaco, of course, is well known for the Monaco Grand Prix, a Formula 1 race held annually on the Circuit de Monaco. Begun in 1929, and forming 1/3 of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, the race is considered one of the most prestigious in the world. The streets of Monaco are transformed into the circuit, which makes it naturally one of the most dangerous and difficult to manoeuvre through in the world. The track changes, corners, and elevations combine with the luxurious atmosphere to make the winner of the tournament extremely lauded over. While participants clearly can’t rock up to join the race, finding your wheels on the same streets is a sure adrenaline burst, especially for sports fans.

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Nightlife

Thanks in part to Casino Royale, Monaco is on the map for the extensive connection it has to casinos, and more specifically the iconic Casino Monte Carlo, that the nightlife of the city-state revolves around. In the beginning of roulette, the wheel had been modified in order to ensure the player’s odds were high enough to have a chance of winning with the single zero machine, Monaco accepted the game developed by Louis Blanc of Germany. Until 1933, roulette was played exclusively in Monaco, and the game helped place Monaco on the map for being a high stakes, exuberant place. As such, the roulette wheel was at the centre of the night out, that spilled into nearby bars and clubs. Monaco continues this tradition of bustling bars and celebrity-spotting clubs, replete with live music, cabaret events, and special guests, with the Living Room and La Racasse providing as glamorous an evening as James Bond would indulge in.

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Water-sports

Located on the Avenue de Princess Grace, Lavrotto Beach is home to not only beautifully clear water and scorching sand, but a variety of water-sports for the nautical adventurer. From canoeing and kayaking under The Rock, to snorkelling and scuba diving to discover the shoals that live beneath the deluxe city-state and rival those of the Great Barrier Reef. For those who are into faster experiences, jet skis are available to cruise the blue lagoon, and flyboarding can be done in the bay. Motorised water-sports are extremely popular and an easy way to get that heart rate going.

Seeing Monaco from the Sky

France is extremely popular for its hot air balloon rides, and Monaco has adopted this pastime as well. The perfect way to take all 202 hectares in is to soar above it propelling by a canister of liquid propane gas. The hot air balloon ride can be as exciting or as leisurely as you make it, and can form the basis of a picnic high in the sky. Alternatively, you can don your swimsuit and hop onto a parachute behind a speedboat, to see Monaco from above while parasailing. Both methods allow you to feel the wind in your hair and witness the beauty of Monaco.

Monaco is a magnificent place; and a definite spot for anyone wanting an exciting break – just a short trip down from France, and a perfect stop for any time from a day to a week. While the excitement may differ from bouldering and white water rafting, the thrill in the air of being amongst the yachts, the beautiful scenery, and the scent of celebrity is enough to get hearts racing.

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5 Unmissable Northern Ireland Attractions

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Northern Ireland is a beautiful part of the world, yet one which often lies off the usual tourist track. However, there are many great places to visit and things to see and do in this region – offering the perfect getaway from packed tourist destinations and a chance to see a largely unspoiled natural landscape.

Despite this, there are still many different attractions within the area that are well worth a visit. From city scenes to geological wonders, the sheer versatility means that there is guaranteed to be something for everyone in the region.

If you are thinking of paying Northern Ireland a visit, here are five of the best attractions that the area has to offer – just waiting for you to arrive!

Giant’s Causeway

Instantly recognisable and famed across the world, the Giant’s Causeway is a definite must-see. Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO world heritage site, the Causeway is a unique example of natural beauty and wonder. Take time out of your schedule to explore, clambering over the rocks and discovering the science, myths and legends behind this ancient monument. A Giant’s Causeway tour also makes the ideal way to learn about the Causeway and get to know the area, as you are shown around by a knowledgeable tour guide.

Belfast

Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast is a city steeped in years of history. Boasting plenty of varied attractions, there is guaranteed to be something to suit every taste in Belfast. Spend some time wandering the streets and exploring the city’s shops and eateries, or instead, head out and visit one of the dedicated tourist attractions. As the birthplace of the ill-fated Titanic, history buffs are sure to enjoy a visit to Titanic Belfast, the museum which commemorates the ship and the tragedy that followed her maiden launch. Alternatively, a visit to Crumlin Road Gaol is another favourite on Belfast’s tourist trail. Explore the gaol and learn all about its rich history, right through to its eventual closure as a working prison in 1996.

Murlough National Nature Reserve

For those who prefer a taste of the great outdoors, head out to the stunning landscape of Murlough National Nature Reserve and spend some time getting back to grips with nature. Ideal for a fun-filled family day out or a relaxing day spent exploring, the reserve offers the perfect example of an unspoiled wilderness situated in the picturesque Irish countryside. There are plenty of walking routes and trails dotted across the reserve, so pick your favourite and head off to explore more of the beautiful scenery!

Dunluce Castle

Brooding and full of a unique atmosphere, Dunluce Castle is a perfect example of cultural history and architecture. Located on the coast, this impressive ruin offers stunning views across the water and is also an understandable favourite among budding photographers. A must-see landmark along the Antrim coast, the castle offers a real mix of Irish history and different time periods.

Derry

Perfectly combining tradition and history with a quirky, contemporary twist, Derry is Northern Ireland’s second-largest city – a city with something to suit everyone. From its vast array of quaint cafes and eateries to the traditional architecture, history buffs are sure to want to pay Derry a visit. If you do decide to head down to Derry, make sure not to miss the historic city walls. Striking and memorable yet also enlightening, a walk around the walls is sure to help you step back in time and discover Derry’s past and rich history.

Are you feeling inspired? These are just a few of the many exciting places to visit on offer within the region. Northern Ireland truly is a hidden gem – why not discover the beauty of this area for yourself on your next trip?

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Worlds’ Best Surfing Breaks: Lanzarote’s El Quemao

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Lanzarote plays host to some serious, world-class level surfing. The volcanic island rises straight up through the water, and because it lacks a continental shelf the waves it gets from the Atlantic are completely unobstructed. With low precipitation, balmy winds and endless sunshine, this laid-back island is every surfer dude’s dream.

In the northwest, El Quemao is a commanding left and right-hand reef break. You can experience colossal swells of up to five metres high, rivalling those in Hawaii. This area is meant for the expert. The waves continuously form quick tubes with vertical descents, perfect to enter, descend and ride the tube.

Restaurants in Fethiye

Seven of the Best Restaurants on Lanzarote

Table Arrcife Known for their burgers, tapas and their large selection of beer.

Casa de la Playa, Arrieta Go for authentic Canarian seafood cuisine overlooking the beach.

El Mirador, Playa Blanca Enjoy seafood by the ocean!

Cofradia de Pescadores, Playa Blanca Specialising in seafood; ask for the fresh fish of the day.

Restaurante del Diablo, Timanfaya This lunch-only restaurant utilises volcanic heat to cook their various meat dishes.

El Tenique, Tiagua They offer delicious meat fare. Their popular Cabra is served on Sundays.

El Chupadero, La Geria Situated in wine country, enjoy a glass of vino, tapas and live music.

Hippy Holidays – Low Impact Lanzarote

Pack a lunch and explore former Hippy Heaven, Papagayo, by bike. There is a family-friendly beach with calmer waters to paddle in and swim. There are also out-of-the-way places for older children to explore.

Visit Timanfaya National Park. It is 50 km² of expansive plains, volcanic ash, fossilised lava, geysers and boulders. Amp up the exotic by joining a Camel Train to explore this region.

Consider getting around by bicycle to get exploring areas off the beaten path, as well as beaches, finding smaller towns and farmers’ markets.

Fancy a Holiday in Malta? Now You Can Fly from Southend

As of October 29, 2017, EasyJet is scheduled to fly twice weekly from London Southend Airport to Malta year-round. London Southend has its own train station that runs up to six trains per hour to and from central London. This will carry passengers from Essex to the South End.

Malta, south of Sicily, has grown in popularity. The weather is great year-round (19 to 30 degrees). It is also the home of three World Heritage Sites.

Inland from Alicante: Seven Out-of-the-Way Places

Alcoy Here you will find Barchell Castle, the convent of St. Augusti and church of Santa Maria. The Moors and Christians festival is a must see.

Le Romana See cave houses; there are some cave properties currently in use.

Aspe Grapes grown in this region are tied to a custom of eating 12 grapes at New Years.

Cocentaina While at the village of La Villa, visit the Comtat Palace.

Ontinyent Archaeological finds around the area date back to the Bronze Age and Iberian period.

Bocairent Cobbled streets and architecture allow you to see what life was like many centuries ago.

Guadalest Go see the castle of San Jose. Access to this fortress is via a natural tunnel through the rocks.

Benidorm by Drone

Viewing Benidorm by a drone shows the magnificence of this area. The ocean is a stunning blue-green; the eye never tires of it. Numerous apartments and hotels hug the beaches of Playa Poniente and Playa Levante. In between these seafronts lies the Canfali vantage point with the majestic Mal Pas cove at its foot. You can also see the energetic lights of theme parks. Benidorm has five of them. The Las Vegas-style Benidorm Palace can also be seen. The beautiful Villaitana golf course looks smaller than its actual two 18-hole golf courses. These landmarks invite you to come and play.

Responsible Travel – Surfing in Lanzarote- https://www.responsiblevacation.com/vacations/lanzarote/travel-guide/surfing-in-lanzarote
Surfing in El Quemao http://www.hellocanaryislands.com/surfing/lanzarote/surfing-el-quemao/
Surfinglife.com (by Rich) http://www.surfinglife.com/surfing-in-lanzarote-canary-islands-3/

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