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Turkey has so much more to offer than just sun, sand, and sea. Everybody who has been to Turkey once knows that the country is a playground for people who love sports.
In addition to miles of beaches, the coastal area is also a sporty paradise for hiking and rafting enthusiasts.
There are hiking trails and cultural routes that lead through unique landscapes. Mostly, the hiking routes are located near the coasts or at least start there.
The Antalya region also has many breathtaking canyons to visit for boat trips and hiking, such as Green Canyon, Sapadere Canyon, and Göynük Canyon.
Here you will read everything about the canyons in Antalya. If you want to learn more about the activities that are available, have a look at our complete guide to sports in Antalya.
The largest rafting center in Turkey is located 90 kilometers northeast of Antalya, in Köprülü Canyon, a 366 km2 canyon and national park. Here you can find whitewater and rapids of all sizes and levels of difficulty.
In Kumköy near Manavgat, rafting enthusiasts will encounter various rapids and varying degrees of difficulty and the rivers flow through dense forests here. Near Kemer, a hiking trail leads to Göynük Canyon, and Alanya and Side also offer rafting opportunities nearby.
Saklıkent Canyon National Park, near Kaş, is famous for its 18 kilometer long canyon, where rafting is also offered.
Short hiking routes are the way to to get to Yanartaş Chimaira in Çırlı, the castle mountain in Alanya, and also the ruins of the ancient city of Termessos at the foot of Mount Solymos. It's also possible to climb to the top of the Olympos Teleferik in Kemer and to walk to the ruins of Syedra from the center of Alanya.
Cultural routes, such as the 509-kilometer Likya Yolu, which leads from Fethiye to sights such as the ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Xanthos, Myra, and the cliffs on the Lycian Coast to Antalya, are a great option for experience hikers.
St. Paul's Way is 500 kilometers long and starts in Perge, 10 kilometers east of Antalya. It has very demanding and strenuous sections that follow the footsteps of the Apostle Paul to the ancient city of Antioch near Yalvaç, on the northeast side of Lake Eğirdir. The trail leads to altitudes of up to 2,200 meters.
The Göynük hiking trail, near Kemer, leads through an idyllic natural setting with a wild river and picturesque waterfalls in a canyon with the same name. Rafting, canyoning safari tours, paintball, and canyoning are offered here.
Green Canyon, near Manavgat, is one of the few canyons in Turkey that can be explored on a boat trip that takes you along a rugged rocky landscape over the 470-hectare Olymapınar Dam.
The 750-meter long Sapadere Canyon, east of Alanya, can be reached after a 30-minute hike. If you want, you can swim in the ice-cold water here.
Saklıkent Canyon National Park is famous for its 18-kilometer long canyon, where bungee jumping is offered, in addition to rafting and canyoning. In the 366 km2 Köprülü Canyon and National Park, you can find the largest rafting center in Turkey.
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