One of the most enjoyable group sports in nature and away from the stress of the city is trekking.
İzmir is a very suitable city for trekking both at the city center and at the districts around it that are at most 30 minutes away. There are many routes and civil society organizations to walk through these routes in İzmir, the city where you can listen to the sound of the birds, breathe in the fresh air, and get close to nature.
The trekking and hiking routes in İzmir
Among the go-to areas for hiking are Ödemiş Bozdağlar, Gölcük Lake, Nif Mountain, Kozak Plateau, Gediz Delta Wetlands, Küçük Menderes Delta, Belevi Lake, Karaburun Peninsula, Tire, Menderes, Karacadağ and their surrounding area, Balçova-Narlıdere backs, Buca and its villages, Güzelbahçe and its villages, Kemalpaşa- Bayındır- Ovacık, Karabel, Çiçekli, and Şirince.
If you are hiking at Bayındır, Beydağ, Dikili, Kemalpaşa, Kiraz, Menderes, Menemen, and Ödemiş, you can come across waterfalls, lakes, endemic plants, and village markets.
When it comes to the city center, the most popular routes are Kordon coast, Kültürpark, Karşıyaka coast, Bostanlı coast, Güzelyalı coast, Buca Hasanağa Garden, Bornova Sakarya Park, İnciraltı Çakalburnu Recreation Area, and Bayraklı coast.
Karşıyaka Yamanlar Karagöl Nature Park, Çeşme Ilıca Tanay Nature Park, Bornova Çiçekli Nature Park, Bornova, Menderes Gümüldür Nature Park, Virgin Mary Natural Park in Selçuk district, İzmir Bird Paradise Area, Gediz Delta Wetlands, and Foça Special Environmental Protection Area are also popular routes.
There are also canyons in İzmir to which you can arrive on your bike or by walking. The mountaineering clubs in İzmir will help you determine a route to reach to these canyons where you can cool off while the city is very hot and find freshwater sources.
Associations that can help you with trekking
To make the most out of İzmir’s natural beauties, you can both determine your own route or get some help from some associations or clubs that would be happy to help you determine the most pleasant and safe routes. Here are some suggestions:
- Turkish Mountaineering Federation
- İzmir Branch İzmir Mountaineering Club
- İZDAK İzmir Mountaineering and Nature Sports Club
- Karşıyaka Mountaineering and Nature Lovers Club - KARDAK
- İzmir Dokuz Eylül Mountaineering and Nature Sports Club Association
- Patikatrek Nature Sports Training Center
- Doruk Mountaineering Orienteering Rafting and Nature Sports Club
- Buca Mountaineering Sports Search & Rescue Association
A few things to consider while taking a hike
We have a few suggestions for those who’d like to go on a hike in İzmir.
As the hiking lovers know, the best times to hike are the spring months. The spring months, when the flowers grow, the snow melts and rivers flow are the most preferred season for hiking.
We recommend you to have with you an ergonomic backpack which is not heavy, a stick you can get support from on the road, comfortable shoes, a little snack, water and of course a camera.
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İzmir Birds Paradise
Süzbeyli, 35665 Menemen/İzmir