A never-ending journey of lush forests, historic cities and turquoise coasts… Discover the Turkish Riviera by Bicycle

A bicycle trip through the Turkish Riviera, one of the world’s most enchanting geographies, spotlights, turquoise coasts and beautiful bays, mountain roads and golden beaches, and a rich cultural and culinary heritage. Moreover, in addition to a diverse range of hotels and hostels with national and international eco-labels, camping and glamping areas are always nearby, as are bungalow resorts and bicycle-friendly hotels for cyclists. Open 24 hours per day, you can safely park, clean, repair and maintain your bicycle while also learning about the region’s cycling routes. Let’s look at the glamorous cycling routes along the Turkish Riviera.

Kemer’s Scenic Routes
The charming coastal town of Kemer in the Turkish Riviera’s Antalya is a perfect address for cyclists who appreciate good climbs and refreshing breaks by the sea. The beautiful town, renowned for its lovely beaches and unspoiled bays with turquoise waters, has 13 cycling routes, including five road and eight mountain bike routes, with different gradients and levels of difficulty. From leisurely coastal rides to adrenaline-pumping mountain trails, the awe-inspiring landscapes will accompany you on whichever route you choose. One of the town’s most famous road bike trails that cyclists prefer is the route between Kemer and Beldibi. In the middle of the route, Beldibi boasts a fantastic cave 25 metres above the sea. Among the famous mountain bike trails in the town are the Kemer-Gedelme, Çalıştepe-Kemer and Kemer-Çukuryayla-Beycik routes. The Kemer-Gedelme, departing from Kemer and heading towards the Gedelme Plateau, is the ideal train route ahead of more challenging expeditions. While all the climbs are in the first half of the route, the second part will be easy, but be sure to check your brakes for the descent! The Çalıştepe-Kemer route promises high adrenaline levels, reaching 300 metres from the sea level within 4,5 kilometres. Kemer-Çukuryayla-Beycik is one of the most challenging MTB routes in Antalya. The first stop will be Çukuryayla, at an altitude of approximately 1,770 metres. Beycik, located on the eastern slopes of Mount Tahtalı, is the finish point where you can see the Mediterranean Sea.

Climbing to the Summit
Mount Tahtalı, once known as Olympus Mountain in the ancient era, is one of the magnificent natural wonders of the Turkish Riviera. The routes around the mountain present stunning panoramic views, but they are a unique challenge for cyclists. So, be in your best form before taking on them. The route between Kemer and the peak of Mount Tahtalı is a well-known trail. It may seem short, but it is not an easy one! During the ride, you’ll gain 700 metres of altitude in seven kilometres, which means a 10% slope. The route will end at the cable car station, and the cable car will take you to Mount Tahtalı’s peak, climbing from 726 metres to 2,365 metres in 10 minutes. An extreme downhill route from there to the sea level would also give enduro and MTB cyclists an unmatched thrill. Then, you should stroll to the Gelidonya Lighthouse from Adrasan to enjoy one of the region’s most beautiful views and take a refreshing dip at one of the many nearby and untouched bays.

Stunning Coastline from Antalya to Mersin
Another option for exploring the Turkish Riviera is to travel along the coastline from Antalya to Mersin. This long-distance route begins at Kaleiçi, in Antalya’s city centre, and proceeds to the ancient city of Side, Pamphylia’s most important port city. You can enter Kaleiçi through the magnificent Roman-era Hadrian’s Gate, one of Antalya’s best-preserved ancient treasures. Surrounded by walls dating from various periods, Kaleiçi is known for its authentic architecture, including its historical houses and structures such as the Yivli Minaret and Karatay Madrasah. After visiting these historical sites, you can ride to the marina, where travel boats are anchored in the harbour. Approximately 80 kilometres past the marina is the ancient city of Side, where a fascinating historical heritage awaits. Visit the Ancient Theatre, Anatolia’s only example of unique architecture, and the Apollo and Athena temples. If possible, stay for the stunning sunset.

The road to Alanya winds along the coastline. Alanya, home to various civilisations throughout history, has a rich cultural heritage, including the Alanya Castle, one of the best-preserved mediaeval castles among the hundreds of Anatolia. You can take in the breathtaking beaches by riding your bicycle through the city’s narrow streets. Continue the route until you reach Mersin, one of the Mediterranean’s favourite port cities. Mersin offers an endless variety of tourist attractions, including a deep blue sea, natural beaches and breathtaking scenery. In addition to historical sites and cultural centres, delicious local delicacies such as tantuni, cezerye, and kerebiçe invite you to linger.

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