If camping is your choice, you do not need to know how to pitch a tent, nor do you have to give up necessary comfort, electricity, or a comfortable bed. In most campsites, you can rent already installed and well-equipped tents or caravans.
Today’s campsites usually offer additional facilities: restaurants, sports fields, swimming pools, etc. If you have a tent or a caravan and are an experienced camper, it will cost you less, and you would be able to visit many different places.
Anyhow, before you go, make a list of all camping items and clothes that you have to bring with you. Keep in mind that you are not going to a five-star hotel. You are going to the countryside to enjoy nature, so forget about the comforts of the city. Get used to the idea that you will need utensils to cook at the camping – glasses, pots, pans, dishes, and also warm clothes for the night, appropriate mountain footwear, chairs, and tables to sit, eat, play cards, backpacks, sleeping mats. For all you coffee lovers, visit them and choose the best coffee thermos to complete the whole experience.
The following are the most beautiful places for camping in Turkey:
1. Lake Kovada National Park
Besides its beautiful nature, this site still has a lot to exploit in terms of tourism. Located about 30 kilometers (to the south) from Lake Egirdir, near the city of the same name, in the Mediterranean province of Isparta, Lake Kovada National Park is an ideal option for those who prefer to rest in an environment that is ideal for relaxation and nature lovers. In addition to the magical green atmosphere that marks the essence of the place, with poplar, cherry and apple trees, you can visually enjoy the presence of a varied fauna: wild ducks, gray herons, coots, wild boars, squirrels, foxes, and rabbits, among other species.
The sediments make the Kovada water, unlike other lakes in the region, much darker and denser green. Declared a National Park in 1970 and a Protected Area since 1992, Lake Kovada has a depth ranging from 6 to 7 meters, while the width reaches a maximum of 9 kilometers. It is located 900 meters above the sea level, and its environment exceeds 6,500 hectares of the total area. It is an excellent destination for lovers of hiking and camping.
2. Doganbey (Soke)
This mysterious mountain town located in the southwest of Turkey, about 20 kilometers from the ancient city of Miletus, has all the attractions to seduce those curious travelers who like mysterious, reserved, and non-traditional places. Upon reaching Miletus, a side detour (there is a small sign indicating “Doganbey”) leads to the village. There is a very poorly maintained path, which is directly proportional to the aspect of abandonment, desolation, and isolation of the place.
As mentioned above, it is clear that the availability of accommodation is scarce. However, Doganbey is undoubtedly a perfect alternative for those who need peace, silence, and tranquility. Flora, fauna, history, architecture, archeology, and nature contribute to the unique charm of this coastal site and its vicinity, absolutely original, wherever you look at it.
Close to the immensity and serenity that give life and personality to Lake Bafa in the town of Kapikiri (Heraclea), a small village whose antiquity dates back to approximately 9,000 years. It is full of houses that lie picturesquely on the rocky mountain. The European spring is the ideal time to visit this region, as that is the time when it is still undisturbed by others, and the place becomes a paradise for those who enjoy pure and outdoor walks. In this sense, it is also possible to camp on the shores of the lake, a recommendable and unforgettable experience. Of course, there is much more to it besides beautiful nature: Kapikiri summarizes the enormous historical and archaeological wealth of ancient Heraklion, making it an excellent area for those interested in artistic and cultural matters in general.
Only a few hundred people live in Kapikiri, an authentic Turkish heritage relic, with Hellenic roots. It is a kind of open-air museum, and it will not be easy to find a place for camping, souvenirs to by to and so on. Apart from this, it is always worth the test to delve into the unknown and unconventional. So forget the clichés and experience something that was not initially planned.
4. Cirali Beach
To conclude this tour, there’s nothing better than the sun, sea, and sand. Not far from the ruins of the city of Olympos is Cirali, there is a small rural town in southwestern Antalya. Even though it has not yet become a crowded tourist area, one of its top attractions is constituted by its three and a half kilometers of the beach of exceptional beauty. That is due to the landscape, color, nature, and the fact that it remains somewhat isolated. Partly, that is because it is an area for nesting sea turtles. With all kinds of activities to satisfy its visitors, Cirali is an excellent choice to get out of the routine and be adventurous, far away from luxury hotels and large crowds of people.
- It is very convenient, especially for families with young children, as it provides the opportunity for complete relaxation.
- It is the cheapest form of vacation.
- There are always a lot of kids at camp that your little one can play with all day long.
- It is especially fun if you are camping with friends, so you’ll be able to hang out and explore nature together.
SOS Camping: Things you should bring with you
Here are some tips you should keep in mind when you decide to go camping:
1. Select the campsite and get to know it
Take into account the orography of the place, check the maximum, minimum, average temperatures, and choose outdoor clothing accordingly. Read the advice of the people who have camped in the same area and find out about the services that the campsite offers you (showers, swimming pools, cafeteria). In this way, it will be much easier for you to make a list of everything you should take with you so that you do not miss anything on your vacation.
2. Clean the surface before setting up the tent
Clean the parcel you have reserved before setting up your tent so that the surface is not full of branches or pebbles.
3. Bring bug spray
Bugs are inevitable – ants, mosquitoes, wasps, etc. Do not risk it and take insect repellent spray and ointments against the inflammation of stings. Prevention is better than cure!
4. Before you leave, collect garbage, and clean up behind yourself!
Finally, before leaving, collect all your things, clean your parcel of land and leave everything just as you would like to find it.
Equip yourself, so you don’t lack anything!