The Indian athletic Olympic team has been sent to a state-of-the-art training centre in Antalya ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics. The team’s schedule is intense with 70 days of training for the men’s and women’s quarter-mile race, 400 metre hurdles and the 4×400 metre relay race, but you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to take advantage of Antalya’s natural training grounds. With its ideal blend of climate, hills, sea and synthetic tracks, Antalya offers the perfect conditions for training, whether you’re prepping for the Olympics or just upping your fitness.
Antalya is home to some stunning scenery and what better way to see it than by getting that adrenaline pumping on a cross country run?
The Taurus Mountain Range above Antalya gives the perfect terrain for training with rocky outcrops and steep inclines to get that pulse racing, plus incredible views of beautiful Antalya. If you’re feeling especially energetic head out to run part of Turkey’s famous Lycian Way, which stretches from Fethiye to Antalya and includes some rock-climbing for the real athletes amongst you.
Hip-Notics Cable Park in Antalya offers amateur athletes the chance to try wakeboarding or water-skiing on cables of up to 20m across three man-made lakes. The lakes cover over 90,000 m2 with several courses to try including jumps, hurdles and obstacles, plus a slalom course for the more advanced. With outdoor speakers playing the latest tunes, lessons for beginners, and stunning views of the Taurus Mountains, Hip-Notics is a great way to have fun while you train.
Tour de Turkey
See Antalya’s natural beauty up close and hire a bicycle for a tour out to the Düden Waterfalls. These famous falls are located 12km north-east of Antalya and can be reached by cycling along the pretty coastline. With Turkish temperatures soaring, you’ll want to take a break at the falls and admire these gorgeous natural formations. If it’s really hot you could set yourself a mini duathlon and take a swim in the cool waters.
Adventures in Köprülü Canyon
If you’re after something really adventurous, how about a white water rafting excursion in Antalya’s stunning Köprülü Canyon? Covering a huge 366km2, the canyon is a designated National Park brimming with fascinating wildlife and natural beauty.
If you’d rather stay on dry land, head to Köprülü Canyon for trekking, rock-climbing, abseiling or zip-lining, there’s plenty of action to be found in this rugged part of Antalya.