Five Things to do in Turkey

… This is a Guest Post by travel blogger Jess H of Tripelio …

With some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, Turkey has many sights and many things to do. Dip your toes into the beautiful culture and nature that embodies Turkey and check out some of the many adventures you can go on, below!

Hot Balloon Rides over Cappadocia

Have you ever wanted a picture perfect adventure? Another fun adventure that’s popular in Turkey is their hot balloon rides over Cappadocia that look like something out of a beautiful painting.  With one of the most stunning landscapes in the world, especially with the warm sun over the valleys, the picture perfect horizon will leave you astounded.

There are three types of flights including the standard, the deluxe and the private flight. With the standard, you fly with up to 23 other people. The deluxe is a smaller capacity and a longer flying time of 1.5 hours, and the private flight is booked specifically for you and company for up to two hours.

 The Saklikent Canyon

Saklikent, which means “hidden city”, is a beautiful canyon that’s one of Turkey’s most famous areas. This canyon is also 300 meters (900 feet) deep and is the deepest in the world. The abrasion from the rising and lowering levels of the water every winter is the reason for its depth. But be careful, you’re only allowed to enter during the summer because of these rising levels during the winter. This town only has one hotel, so it’s not easy to get same day service if you haven’t booked yet.

Windsurfing in Alacati, Cesma Peninsula

If you’re looking for a thrill, you may want to try world famous windsurfing in Alacati, Cesma Peninsula. Alacati is home to professional windsurfer trailing, contests and the home of learning newbies. Alacati is also known as the St. Tropez of Turkey and is one of the most historical towns in Turkey, having many beautiful nature spots, cafes, plazas and more.

Also known as a wind surfer’s paradise, it’s said to have an average of steady wind for 300 days out of 365.  You can also find kite surfing popular in this area of the world. Kite surfing is a bit different than wind surfing because of the curvature of the kite used against the wind. Kite surfing features a crescent shape while wind surfing is more stand a lone and attached to a board.

Windsurfing in Turkey, image via Alacanti

The Arts and Apricot Film Festival of Malatya

The Apricot Festival is an annual festival that has been going on since 1978. Events include apricot contests, concerts, obstacle and sport activities and much more. This event takes place in July in Malatya, but it sometimes changes because of Ramadan. The reasoning for the apricot festival is that Malatya is known for the orchards in which apricots are grown and is the leading producer in the world.

There has been much confusion in the past about the names of the festival, as it’s named the International Arts and Apricot Film Festival as well. It hasn’t always been an arts and film festival, though, as the new aspect of the festival was started this year, in 2014 where they award the Crystal Apricot Award and 12,000 USD as the prize.

Coruh River Rafting

If you like activities related to wind surfing, then you may love the water rafting in the Coruh River. Located in Artvin, Coruh River is one of Turkey’s most famous rafting areas. It features a racecourse of four different levels and different variations of difficult. It hosted the rafting championship of 1993 as well. By booking nothing short of a 10-day camping trip, you too can complete the full course.  Its length is 169 kms, or 105 miles.

They offer four and five day camping deals for the early summer months including week long treks for privately booked groups. You can visit the Black Sea Mountains and watch the gorgeous snow melt. There are many other things to do at the Coruh River, though. This includes sea kayaking, mountain biking, canyoning, sky touring, and much more. For all things adventure, the Coruh River is the place you want to be.

As you can see, Turkey has many beautiful horizons to visit and many adventures to partake in. From film to the more sport related adventures, you won’t be bored when you visit the beautiful lands that fill Turkey. Even if you’re just there for the gorgeous sights and to witness nature at it’s finest, you won’t be disappointed and you’ll have great stories to tell.

This has been a guest post from fellow travel blogger Jess H from Tripelio, who shares my love of travel, and of Turkey. You can also check out my piece about travelling through Turkey with Trafalgar Tours and my interview with one of my travel buddies from that trip, Dawn Jorgensen from The Incidental Tourist. 

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