Unspoiled nature, a cultural panorama, a historical tapestry
and uncalculating friendship await campers in Turkey. The
geographical diversity and sheer size of the Turkish landscape
lends itself to camping adventures: from the shimmering
shores of the Aegean and Mediterranean to the lush Black
Sea coast, from pristine mountain lakes to the haunting
beauty of ancient ruins, from the freshness of high mountain
meadows to the surprise of fairy chimneys and underground
Camping whether by caravan or in tents enables visitors
to see a Turkey rarely seen by tourists; a country of small
villages and charming provincial towns, a country wide open
and unfenced, a country known for its hospitality and generosity.
Camping is an inseparable part of Anatolian culture. The
nomadic traditions of the Turks have left a strong impression
on modern day life, influencing everything from dietary
habits to styles of interior decoration Kilims, for example,
were originally used by nomads and pastìrma, meat
cured with spices and garlic, was an integral part of the
nomadic diet. The trek up to the high mountain meadows in
summer to escape the heat of the coastal plain is another
enduring nomadic tradition.
Medieval caravansarais, a few of them restored, dot the
eastwest Silk Route, attesting to the mobility of early
commercial travellers. Indeed the history of Anatolia is
marked by shifts of populations and an on-going cultural
symbiosis, throughwhich the achievements of one civilization
draw upon the experiences of a previous one. Turkey is often
called an "open air museum" and camping is one
of the best ways to see this extraordinary place.
Numerous organized campsites around Turkey welcome travelers.
Many of these are accessible by highway and border the sea.
These provide an ideal setting for a family vacation; the
campsites provide water and cooking and sanitary facilities,
and local shops sell fresh food, while the beaches and sea
offer endless recreational possibilities for children and
Caravans and backpackers may consider the entire country
as their campsite. Provisions can be purchased in any town
and the locals are always happy to share their land with
visitors. Just one reminder: responsible campers leave their
campsites clean and unlittered. To enjoy the environment
, we must protect it!
This map is intended to provide a starting point for your
journey. Your local Turkish Tourism Office will be happy
to offer suggestions to help plan a trip. Many tour agencies
organize trekking expeditions, river rafting and horseback
trips for the adventurous traveller. Fully equipped campers
(caravans) can be rented in Turkey's major cities for excursions
into the countryside.
Enjoy your trip!