Cycling Routes in İzmir
The pearl of Aegean, İzmir has a coastline of 600 kilometers, UNESCO World Heritages ancient cities, vineyards, fertile orchards... İzmir is also a member of Eurovélo 8 The Mediterranean Route. A part of 500 kilometers of the Eurovélo 8 passes through İzmir. In addition, this beautiful city offers 28 ready-to-go cycling routes between the mythlogical places! For further information, click here:
Cycling Routes in Muğla
The junction point of the Mediterranean and the Aegean, the forests and the sea, the green and the blue! Muğla is a destionation for those who want to relax, to explore the natural beauties and the deep history of the region, to savor the turquoise sea and golden sands, and to enjoy with cycling in the nature!
Marmaris district of Muğla has 11 mountain bike and nine road bike routes between ancient cities and turquoise bays. For further information, click here:
Ant the districts Köyceğiz, Ortaca and Dalaman offer the unique mountain bike routes created by Dalyan Tourism, Culture, and Environmental Protection Association. For further information, click here: https://gocyclingturkiye.com/koycegiz-ortaca-dalaman
- Homer: Birth of Western Mythology
Homer, the great author of the epics Iliad and Odyssey, was from İzmir, ancient Smyrna. He was referred to as “Melesigenes,” the “son of Meles” (Meles refers to the River Meles or more appropriately Meles Brook). The cave where he was to compose his epic poems was described as being near the source of the brook, which flows through the city of İzmir. A temple dedicated to the poet, the Homereion, stood on this river’s banks. Despite being one of the most famous poets in the world we know very little about him. A master storyteller himself, he is completely silent about his own life. In Troia, one can retrace almost the entire Iliad while along Türkiye’s Aegean coast one can follow in the footsteps of the protagonists of the Odyssey. The ruins of the Sanctuary of Claros, the oracle center of antiquity, is in the province of İzmir, near the coastal town of Özdere.
- Ancient Anatolian Philosophers
Anatolia is the homeland of philosophers who are the fathers of modern science and humanities. Among these homelands, Ionia on the shores of the Eastern Aegean and the ancient city of Miletos in Asia Minor come first.
Thales of Miletos was the first philosopher who claimed that he observed nature not for the sake of the gods but for his daily practical needs. He was the first person who observed nature objectively for the sake of curiosity.
His student Anaximander and Anaximander’s student Anaximenes of Miletos continued his legacy. They attempted to explain the origin and structure of the world in a rational manner. Anaximander was the first to discribe Earth as suspended in emptiness, with no support from anywhere.
Heraclitus of Ephesos saw the world in a continual state of flux and fire was conceived as the underlying order of the cosmos, continuously transforming itself yet remaining the same.
Anaxagoras, born in Clazomenai, regarded material substance as an infinite multitude of imperishable primary elements, understanding all generation and disappearance of materials as the mixture and separation of these elements respectively. He believed that all substance is ordered by an ordering force, the cosmic mind (nous).
A philosophical school was established in Assos under the rule of Hermias of Atarneus, who was a former slave of Eubulus, a Buthynian banker, and a former student in Plato's Academy. Hermias invited a number of philosophers and natural scientists to Assos, including Aristotle and Xenocrates whom he knew from Plato’s Academy in Athens.
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Trekking Routes in Aydın & Muğla
You will find great paths at Lake Bafa with archaeological significance and beautiful scenery. If you are looking for a longer route, you can choose the Kral Yolu (King’s Way). The entire route takes approximately 14 hours.
The other route takes around 2.5 hours and begins at Kapıkırı village. The footpath winds up a hill, lined with ancient sites, towers, and walls.
Rock Climbing Routes in Muğla
An awesome hard rock-climbing destination on the peninsula that separates the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas! Datça has high-quality granite and gneiss rocks, and amazing landscapes. There are a dozen sectors, but most of the climbing is in and around the Can Baba Cave.
Located 100 km from Bodrum and 60 km from Marmaris and near Lake Bafa, Datça offers some of the most difficult and straight climbing routes of Türkiye. Some experience is necessary for climbing here - but rest assured, the birdsong will help you!