The country of Turkey is a stunningly gorgeous destination located in the Mediterranean, and the vibrant nation offers a range of cultural attractions and adventurous activities that make it an incredibly attractive option for travelers.
Turkey sits at a unique crossroads, connecting the continents of Asia and Europe -- separated by the Bosporus Strait in the heart of the iconic city of Istanbul.
About 40 million tourists come to explore Turkey each year, with the bulk of the visits in Istanbul, which itself is a hub for cultural interaction. Its history, nature and gastronomy reflect the diversity of civilizations that have left their mark in this region of the world across centuries. This is the synthesis of tradition and modernity -- and the city's dynamic shopping and entertainment attracts the visitors from all over the world.
Making this destination all the more enticing to us is an incredible number of cycling routes that take you to some of the most captivating areas of Istanbul.
Have a look at these thrilling biking routes in and around the city that are provided by Turkey's tourism board.
A favorite destination for cyclists, runners and walkers, the Caddebostan Coastal route sits on the Asian side of the strait. The five-kilometer-long route starts in Moda, giving riders an opportunity to pedal alongside the sea against a view of the Princes' Islands. One side of this broad pathway is designed as a park, so you can plan to enjoy a picnic lunch along with your cycling outing -- or plan to arrive for sunset.
European Side of the Bosporus
Another popular route traces the Bosporus coastline. The European Side features a long path and scenic views. For a nice moderate-length ride, cycle the 26km-long Besiktas-Sariyer route. Also, the Ortakoy-Yenikoy portion of the coastline, is a bit shorter and includes Bebek. These rides are fantastic ways to breathe the fresh sea air while taking in breathtaking seascape.
Princes' Islands Ride
The Princes' Islands are a top destination in Istanbul for avid cyclists. The islands of Buyukada, Heybeliada, Kinaliada and Burgazada, are the four accessible destinations among the nine Princes' Islands.
These four islands have active settlements, and cars are not allowed. All roads lead to the sea. Situated in the Sea of Marmara off the coast of Istanbul, the Princes' Islands mesmerize visitors with their historic houses set amid the raw natural beauty, making for truly memorable cycling experiences. Buyukada offers routes up to 12 kilometers. Some cyclists repeat the route several times to add mileage.
Belgrad Forest Mountain Bike Trail
The Belgrad Forest is a popular recreation area located to the north of the city. The forest comprises 5,500 hectares and features a variety of trees, with oak, beech and chestnut the most prevalent. It also houses an arboretum with thousands of plant varieties. People also come for jogging, nature walks and picnics. Its rugged terrain and 21-kilometer track make it ideal for cyclists, though. You can pedal past several dams built during the Ottoman era to meet the water demand of the city.
Rumeli Feneri to Kilyos Route
The northernmost point of Istanbul along the Black Sea coastline, Rumeli Feneri offers a great alternative for cyclists seeking a long ride. This nearly 80-kilometer-long, easy-to-navigate route is popular for group rides in spring and summer.
Historical Peninsula-Balat Shore Route
The Balat Shore on the Golden Horn is a favorite point for cyclists with its small fishing boats and unique Golden Horn view. This region offers rich visuals, with views of the Golden Horn, small fishing boats, Sea of Marmara and historical landmarks. It's a truly delightful cycling routes. The route covers about 17 kilometers and includes the Galata Bridge, Kasimpasa, Haskoy and Halicioglu Bridge and Balat Shore.
A paradise on the Asian Side with its wonderful greenery, Polonezkoy is among the most popular vacation and excursion spots for residents of Istanbul. It offers a tidy five-kilometer path for riders. The area, which also hosts several festivals, shows off the diversity of Istanbul's beautiful plants and trees.
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