With its mountains, plains, highlands, lakes, rivers, caves, fertile lands, Mediterranean climate flora, wildlife, bird sanctuary, rich fauna, marshlands, swamps, bay and peninsula Izmir has dazzling natural beauty.
When you add year-round sunshine to its eco-tourism wealth, many activities can be done in Izmir immersed in nature.
When we assess Izmir’s eco-tourism capacity, there are many different activities that stand out in its 30 districts. In Izmir, where the tourism diversity increases on a daily basis, you will find many eco-tourism routes to discover the natural beauty, get acquainted with local abundance and do sports or rest on your own or in groups.
You can climb mountains, and hike on safe paths with groups that are generally established by non-governmental organizations. You can follow the programs of organizations that are active in eco-tourism like tourism associations, mountain trekking organizations, horseback riding organizations, bicycling organizations, hunting and shooting organizations, underwater sports organizations, scout organizations, cave research and preservation organizations and aviation sports organizations; and benefit from their guidance.
Once you have the peninsula wind at your back, you can grab your bike or set out hiking along olive grove or vineyard paths. By following the blue route, you can experience the unique beauty of the peninsula, explore the Aegean islands, and do everything related to the sea from fishing to traveling, tourism to sports and set out into the open sea.
You can travel into the surprise-filled depths of caves, get acquainted with the sensitive animals at the horse farm and enjoy riding horses. You can rediscover the endemic flora of Anatolia with botanic tourism, experience the coolness of the highlands on a hot summer day, and witness the intricacies of the highland culture based on solidarity.
You can do some bird watching and go on a photo safari in the marshes of the sanctuary located in this unique city that is on the migration path of many bird species. If you are interested in hunting you can go fishing for sport in the lakes of the region.
If you are interested in aviation sports, the possibilities in downtown Izmir are rather limited. If you want to soar through the sky like a bird there are some locations in the surrounding districts for you. At these locations you can participate in paragliding, parasailing, gliding and parachuting.
If you like to work with the earth there are private farms for agro-tourism where you can go on holiday and enjoy natural produce.
You can take advantage of the national park facilities to camp and set your own holiday conditions with a caravan.
If you are interested in natural decorative stones, you can go out on a gem safari.
Along the way, you can stop at the villages and towns you travel through to taste the local produce at the markets, talk to the locals and discover local dishes.
Also, an important destination in eco tourism, Izmir is ideal for mountain climbing, trekking, cave tourism, orienteering, horseback riding, botanical tourism, highland tourism, bird watching (ornithology), wildlife observation, aviation sports, agro tourism and camp and caravan tourism.