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What sports and activities are available for ex-pats in Turkey?

Posted on Jun 09 2017 by Gill C

If you’re thinking of moving to Turkey and wonder what on earth you will do to keep yourself busy you really don’t need to worry. There is an array of activities to fill your days, are you sporty? If so you’re in luck with just about every sport you can think of available. If you are still in the planning stages of wondering where to move to I would suggest a little research into the various areas and swat up as to what is on offer for example if you’re a golfer there are some of best golf courses in the world in Belek which is renowned for its world class golf courses, actually many ex-pats who love the game so much relocate to Belek for that reason.

Horse riding is also a popular pastime with some excellent ranches across Turkey in or near the popular resorts of Bodrum, Izmir, Antalya, and Istanbul and that’s just naming a small selection of them. Many of the ranches have hotels attached so you can either spend a few days there or just visit for the day.

As you can imagine if you’re a fan of water sports then you can’t go wrong, up and down the coastline of Turkey which is over 8000km just about every water sport imaginable is available, windsurfing, jet skiing, white water rafting, canoeing, sea kayaking, kite boarding, scuba diving and diving the list is endless. Yacht and sailing clubs are dotted all across the coastline and there is nothing better than spending the day sailing on the beautiful Aegean or Mediterranean soaking up the rays and taking a dip to cool off.

For the more adventurous you can go rock and mountain climbing, para-gliding and hot air ballooning so you can view the wonderful Turkish landscape from up high.

During the winter months skiing, heli-skiing and snowboarding are all available all you need to do is head for the mountains. Becoming members of leisure centres, gyms, keep fit classes including aqua aerobics and tennis, badminton and walking clubs are a great way to keeping fit and healthy.

There is nothing better than a spa day and there are many fitness and wellbeing centres throughout Turkey where you can have beauty treatments and massages, often they are linked to large hotels where you can either book in for a few days or just opt for a day pass.

What you tend to find is the ex-pats and locals are very social and if you find yourself contemplating moving to Turkey alone or as a couple you will soon be invited to various social or sporting events and it’s a great way to meet friends. For example, where I live the 4 clock club meet every day at a cosy beach side bar where they sit to admire the views, have a coffee or something cool and refreshing and enjoy a chat. Everyone knows they can drop by and be welcomed and even the lovely locals happily join in too.

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