Outdoor adventure in Turkey Rock climbing in Turkey

Rock climbing in Turkey

In recent years, Turkey has been growing in popularity as a rock climbing destination, year round sunshine, an abundance of quality  climbing of all grades, and all round value for money has made the Turkey famous. There are all styles of climbing to be found in Turkey, sports, adventure (trad), bouldering, big walls, DWS.

Without doubt, the most popular and famous are the Antalya rock climbing areas; Geyikbayiri, Akyarlar and Olympos. These are all very well bolted, with a good spread of grades, English guidebooks and cheap accommodation to hand. However, Turkish rock climbing is not just about Antalya; there are countless areas and crags waiting to be discovered by foreigners, and even more waiting to be developed. Without a hire car, travel to these lesser known areas may not always be easy, but it is always worth it. With a hire car; the country is open to you to explore.

Finding route information can be a challenge for many of these lesser known areas. There are few guidebooks for the whole of Turkey; some of the areas listed on the following pages have route information known mainly by local climbers only.

The climbing grades in use in Turkey can sometimes be be confusing; the Antalya region uses the common French sports grades, whereas much of the rest of the country uses a mixture of French sport grades, US grades and Alpine grades. A very good conversion table can be viewed here (link will open in a new window).

I have arranged the information on following pages according to the nearest city. Click on the map top left or use the links on the right. I have added whatever information I have,  such as travel, accommodation, route and grade guides, topos if available and guidebook advice. Obviously, this is a developing website, so if you have any more information, or better information please let me know and I will update this site. Thank you.
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Japanese climber Yuji Hirayama climbs what is possibly Turkey's hardest route, Devers Royal, approximately F8c+.

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Turkey rock climbing map
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