In this blog post, we will be exploring the different opportunities when it comes to sports and leisure activities in Turkey and how you can make the most out of those opportunities during your visit to Turkey as a foreigner. Plenty of our clients who are looking to purchase property in Turkey are wondering what sports and leisure activities they can take part in Turkey.
If you are an ex-pat or a tourist in Turkey, you are in luck! There are so many different leisure opportunities that are waiting for you to explore and enjoy. Regardless of your interests, activities such as sports, music, theatre, dance, clubbing, museums and more are available to residents and visitors of Turkey.
Big cities like Istanbul, Antalya, Izmir are very much like any other western city where you can enjoy activities like bowling or golf. However, since you are in Turkey, why not take a deeper look into some of the more traditional ways of enjoying free time to get a real experience of the Turkish way of life.
Outdoor recreation initiatives around the world have been increasing in popularity over the last few years. This is the case for Turkey as living in busy cities and working all day within buildings has many negative effects on people. Thus leading to a surge in the demands for sports and leisure activities in Turkey.
Free time is important to Turkish people and most people do have some sort of hobby or physical activity outside their work and commitments.
Sports in Turkey
Sports have an incredibly important part within Turkish society, whether watching or actually taking part in a particular sport, everyone takes part in sporting events with some capacity. Turkey has a busy timetable when it comes to official sporting leagues and events such as football and basketball. Regardless of your background in sports and interests, you will be able to find something you can enjoy in Turkey.
Furthermore, sport facilities have been getting large investments over the recent years so opportunities in taking part in a particular sport is increasing day by day. Turkey is one of the rare countries that outlines the importance of sports within its constitution.
The unique geography of Anatolia allows a great range of sports and leisure activities in Turkey. 800 km of coastline as well as a mountainous geography and the chance to experience four seasons throughout the year makes Turkey a powerhouse when it comes to various sports and leisure activities. That is why Turkey has been under the spotlight of many travellers who are looking for activities ranging from golf to the most extreme sports you may think of.
Everyone knows about the fiery football fans in Turkey, no doubt football is the most popular sport both for fans and people who actually play themselves. However, there are also other sports in Turkey that have a decent following like basketball, volleyball, handball and the ancestral game of the Turks, oil-wrestling as well as camel wrestling. The competitions are held every year in Edirne next to the Greek border and it is one of the most popular events in the year and a scene that must be witnessed.
Leisure In Turkey
Turkey is a one-of-a-kind nation that sits at the crossroads of Asia and Europe. As a result, the culture is very vibrant and has been heavily influenced by the best of both cultures. Without ever leaving Turkey, the influences of the Middle East and Europe can be witnessed and experienced. This phenomenon can be seen in every field of life, and music and the performing arts are no different. Turkey is, indeed, a secret musical paradise where you can listen to western classical music, arabesque, Turkish art music, Anatolian rock, indie, jazz, pop, flamenco, and more all in one venue.
Turkish folk theatre has a devoted following and a large audience. Theatrical plays run from comedy to drama, with an average ticket costing about 80 Turkish Liras. Any contemporary theatre plays are solely concerned with politics, but the majority depend on wit and humour. During Ramadan and other special occasions, you’re likely to see a performance of Karagöz and Hacivat, a well-known puppet (shadow play) demonstration that has been performed for decades.
If you are interested in buying property in Turkey and would like to know what sort of sports and leisures are available around the area of your potential property, contact us.
If you are looking for a deeper feel of sports and leisures in Turkey, take a look at the sections below to find out more!