Price: 300 $
Duration: 10 days
The picturesque south coast of Turkey attracts cyclists with its mild climate, good roads, incredible scenery and lots of interesting places to see on the way.
Eight-day cycling trip in Turkey will please you with good paved roads and mountain tracks, stunning slopes and exhausting ascents, though sometimes you do not ride a bike, but it rides you.The reward for these efforts is incredible views of the Mediterranean Sea, the ruins of the once powerful Lycian cities, ancient amphitheater and tombs of ancient Greece and Rome, which are more than three thousand years old, deep canyons, rivers with clear water and authentic Turkish villages, where they still, as in the old days, marinate olives and prepare goat cheese. During the cycling trip in Turkey you get a chance to see a real, colorful, non-postcard country, the spirit of which you will never experience in hotels and at tourist markets.In mountain villages people are really interested in your origin and sincerely wish you to have a safe trip. You will see exactly that side of Turkey, filled with the fragrance of olive groves and salty sea, the silence of ancient cities and identity of small towns where east and west meet in one culture at the same territory.
During the tour we spend nights in tents. Every night our club van arrives with camping equipment. A group cycles only with a small backpack with necessary things.
Going by minibus to Serik, where we have an overnight stay.
Roads then are less loaded with cars and convenient for cycling. At the beginning of the route we pass the city of Aspendos, founded in ancient times.The main attraction of Aspendos is a magnificent amphitheater, built in the second century BC. It is considered to be one of the most ancient theaters and can accommodate over 15 thousand of people. By the way, it is perfectly preserved theater which works even now. The entrance fee to the amphitheater is about 20 lire. In Aspendos those having a sweet tooth can taste local sweets – tulumba.
Then we see the remains of ancient aqueducts that once watered the fields. Movement continues up along Koprulu River, slowly gaining the altitude. By the way, in March oranges ripen in that area, so you can simply pluck them off the trees. Then we stop for the night in tents on the lawn.
Beyond the village Beshkonak we pass beautiful ancient bridge, which is more than two thousand years old and still is driven by the cars.The area is very picturesque with beautiful canyon, clean springs, rough waterfalls and fragrant pine forests around. Overnight stay is either in a tent or in a small hotel nearby.
After viewing the impressive amphitheater we finally leave the paved road and begin the off-road part of the route. It goes through dark forest and fire earth road to a small village Yeshylvadi. This is technically the most difficult part of the route: the road is covered with stones; somewhere you need to carry your bike, somewhere to push it up. At the end of the day we go down to the village and spend the night in the tents.
In Selge we leave touristic Turkey behind and open real, unknown to foreigners, authentic Turkey with small villages, quite poor huts, people engaged in farming or growing goats and feeding them on alpine pine. These people are difficult to communicate with, because usually all of them speak only Turkish, but their hospitality and positive attitude to travelers is extremely pleasant.
We spend the night at the huge grotto, which is the entrance to the cave with warm air. The cave is open, so you can go into for a few hundred meters as there are thermal baths.
In the afternoon one must see canyon Goynuk, a very picturesque gorge, which is 14 km long and 6 m wide, height of the walls is about 350 m.The walk is fairly difficult: the road is often blocked with large boulders that need to overcome as a part of the way goes through shallow water, so it is necessary to take non-slip shoes that dry quickly.
In the evening we prepare bikes for transportation and stay for the last night in tents.
The approximate temperature in Turkey during a cycling trip can range from +5 to +25°C. This means mornings and evenings are cool and require wearing warm clothes while day can be hot. You should also be prepared for rainy weather and cycling in the rain.
During the trip a van comes to the place of overnight stay with all the camping equipment, so the majority of things is in a van, we move with the things needed for one day and with food for lunch.
Equipment for cycling trip can be divided into:
- cycling shorts
- thin synthetic pants (such as thermal underwear or pants for running)
- waterproof pants (for cycling in the rain)
- a shirt (optimally – a cycling T-shirt or other synthetic shirt, you can take two or three to change)
- a thin sweater (a long sleeved T-shirt)
- a windbreaker
- a raincoat
- a bandana or a buff
- a sun cap
- gloves (with fingers)
- sneakers or light boots
- rain leggings (recommended)
- for the camp: a thick sweater (any warm sweater, needed in the camp at night), warm pants, clothes for the night
- clothing for swimming, spare underwear and socks
- sandals or sneakers
- a sleeping bag and a matRental
- a backpack (20-40 liters – for cycling)
- utensils for eating (a plate, a spoon, a cup)
- toiletries (a toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, a towel, etc.)
- sunscreen, lip-balm
- a bottle or a flask for water (1-1.5 liters)
- a torch
- personal documents
- a camera, MP-3 player (optional)
- general backpack or bag to store things in a van
- a bicycle
- a helmet
- fenders (recommended)
- a back light
- a spare bike tube
- the adhesive patch kit (optional)
- a set of hex keys (optional)
- specific keys for your bike (preferable if any of the nuts or bolts are not usual)
- V- breaks – you should definitely have spare brake pads (1 set)
- a rag to wipe the bike
- a bike lock (optional)
Total bicycle repair kit includes:
- a set of hex keys
- keys to stretch spokes
- a chain tool
- chain oil (ordinary)
- a spanner 15 (for pedals)
- an adhesive patch kit for tubes
- a spare bike tube (1 for a group)
- a spare bearing (diameter 26 inches, 1 for a group)
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