Turkey info

Turkey info

Clean ENERGY, dry rivers

The Turkish economy has experienced an almost unprecedented boom since the beginning of the noughties. In the field of renewable energies, hydropower plays a pioneering role. Where state and private energy companies force the river into pipes, flora, fauna and, last but not least, people in search of nature are left behind. Is the privatization of rivers a good future model? In the following a look through [...]

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Hydropower & Co

For a long time I thought about whether and how I should give space to thoughts on “hydropower and co” on these pages. As kayakers, we are looking for (river) nature in its original state, apart perhaps from the access roads at the entrance and exit. The “water power” is the paddler's daily bread, without it our sport would be pointless. Unfortunately (?) We are not the only [...]

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Travel reports

Share stories and pass on knowledge. Paddlers write for paddlers and report on their experiences with Turkey. On this page you will find links to travel reports from other Turkey paddlers, as well as to interesting forum threads. In the near future there will also be a forum to exchange ideas as soon as possible. If you know any interesting links, please send them to me by email. As far as the wheels [...]

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Links to flight, logistics, accommodation, etc.

Arrival (flight): Skyscanner (free flight price comparison site) Check 24 (free flight price comparison site) Condor (holiday airline with monthly fly prices => subscribe to newsletter!) TUIfly (holiday airline to Antalya) Air Berlin (direct flights to Antalya with cheap boat transport => “ topbonus Service Card”) Flight-only tours (flight search engine for charter and scheduled flights) 5 before flight (last minute travel portal with flight search engine) Turkish Airlines (direct flights to Istanbul and […]

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Logistics

How do I get man and material to the river, and after the paddling adventure back to civilization? Answering these questions is crucial for a successful river navigation. Turkey has an excellent public transport network. All major cities are connected to one another by modern intercity buses, in which residents and tourists alike can travel long distances quickly and cheaply [...]

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Eastern Pontus rivers

The eastern third of the approx. 1000 km long Pontus Mountains, with an impressive geological diversity and summit heights of almost 4000 meters, represent a traditional destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes in the last ten years many Europeans and last but not least the Turks themselves [...]

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Rivers of the Eastern Taurus

The eastern part of the Taurus Mountains, which is over 1500 kilometers long, extends east of the Sivas-Malatya line to the Iranian border. Eastern Turkey is the land of great rivers. Here the Euphrates and Tigris - the lifelines of the fertile Mesopotamia - swell to form mighty rivers. The Euphrates source rivers Karasu and Murat were already in the first half of the 21st century [...]

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Central Taurus rivers

With a few exceptions, the rivers between the Göksu and Euphrates (Firat Nehri) rivers in the central Taurus Mountains represent new territory for canoeing. The Ala (Ala Daglari) and Dibek Mountains (Dibek Daglari) as well as the rivers are from the airports of Kayseri and Adana quickly accessible west of the Cilician Gate. The highways from Ankara to Adana and from Mersin […]

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Western Taurus rivers

The western Taurus is the fastest accessible whitewater area in Turkey. All classic rivers between Marmaris and Anamur can be reached within four hours by car from Antalya International Airport. In the far west of the mountain range near Marmaris, the Dalaman offered two sections until summer 2011, on which commercial rafting tours were also carried out. For around 2006, [...]

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The rivers of Anatolia

Turkey is a water-rich country. Rain-heavy clouds drift south over the Black Sea and fill the wild rivers of the evergreen Pontus Mountains with their cargo until well into early summer. Abundant winter precipitation feeds the karst springs of the Tauride Limestone Mountains. Wide snow fields on the mountains, which are almost 4000 meters high, ensure a long melt in spring. The beneficial floods of the Tigris and Euphrates irrigate the Mesopotamian lowlands in Iraq and, as part of a gigantic irrigation and power generation project, transform desert areas in southeastern Anatolia into green agricultural areas.

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