Antalya, which offers many professional opportunities from swimming to cycling, golf to football, tennis to ski, is home to the world’s leading sports organizations.
Antalya, the capital of tourism, attracts significant attention from football teams, especially sports camps. Antalya, which is one of the critical football camp centers of the world with facilities, draws attention with climatic conditions and qualified facilities. Antalya hosts thousands of professional teams every year, with nearly 200 world-class fields. There are two football teams in the Super League, Antalyaspor and Alanyaspor.
Antalya takes attention with fields and facilities above the world standards and has 12 golf facilities and a total of 26 golf courses. Antalya, one of the essential golf destinations in the world, hosts many national and international golf tournaments, including the Turkish Airlines Open. In addition to Tiger Woods, famous golf players such as Rory Mcllory, Charl Schwartzel, Lee Westwood, Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose and Webb Simpson competed in these tournaments.
Devoted to the oil wrestling in Turkey and many başpehlivan from Antalya, it is notable for more than 7 thousand licensed wrestlers. In this sense, Antalya is a significant resource city for oil wrestling, and many wrestling competitions are held at different times of the year. Elmalı district, which is considered as the place where the first wrestling competitions were held, has been hosting famous wrestlers since 1352. There are many athletes in the sports clubs of the municipalities, as well as the Provincial Directorate of Youth and Sports, in the city, where traditional wrestling is a traditional Turkish sport.
The most important feature that distinguishes cycling sport from other sports activities is that athletes have the opportunity to experience different experiences on different tracks. When evaluated from this point of view, Antalya is hugely advantageous with natural beauties and bicycle trails. Antalya also hosts many cycling races, especially the Tour of Antalya 2.1 bicycle road race, which is included in the UCI calendar.
Tennis is a popular sport in Antalya. There are hundreds of international tennis courts in the region. In addition to the climatic conditions, the fact that it has qualified courts and match opportunities also offer significant advantages for tennis players. In Antalya, Turkish Airlines also holds many prestigious international organizations such as Antalya Open and Wilson Senior Open Tennis Tournament.
Antalya, which is one of the most important cities of mass tourism with the sea, sand and sun, can also respond to different holiday requests with alternative tourism types. The fact that the number of sunny days is high in Antalya, which has a Mediterranean climate, enables many kinds of sports. Saklıkent Ski Center, on Beydağları in the west of Antalya, provides skiing opportunities for ski lovers. Antalya is one of the rare cities that can swim in the sea and ski an hour later in some periods of the year.
Turkey’s first triathlon was in Alanya, which is a famous tourism center of Antalya. Antalya, which has excellent conditions for swimming, cycling and running sports, allows the Triathlon sport to be performed. Triathlon races organized at various times bring together many athletes from different countries in Antalya. Two important triathlon races in Antalya take the attention of the international triathlon community. Athletes show their stamina with the International Alanya Triathlon run as a leg of the Triathlon European Championship and Ironman Turkey 70.3 in Belek.
Antalya, which has a coast length of about 640 kilometres, is one of the essential organization centers of beach volleyball. Beach volleyball has found the right audience in Antalya, famous for beaches. Hosting prestigious national and international tournaments every year, Antalya has managed to bring together athletes from different countries on the beaches. The first regions that come to mind for beach volleyball in Antalya are Manavgat, Alanya and Belek. In Antalya’s tourism centers, all facilities are available for beach volleyball.
Antalya is the capital of tourism; tens of thousands of people competing every year, both those running for health and professional athletes. Runatolia hosts traditional runs such as Manavgat Ultra Marathon, Alanya Ultra Trail and Tahtalı Run To Sky.
You can do many natural climbing sports in Antalya. Geyikbayırı, the third-best rock climbing area in Europe and the fifth in the world, welcomes more than ten thousand athletes every year. Also, ‘Olympos’ average degree of beginner to the most challenging sport climbing routes with close to 400 is one of Turkey’s most popular climbing areas. Every year, rock climbing festivals are held in the region.
Canoe - Rafting
In addition to the nature, climate, history of Antalya, the geographical structure also enables many sports branches to be built. There are 29 streams in Antalya. Twenty-five of them pours into the sea and 4 of them into the lakes inside. In most of these streams, stagnant water canoe races/camps and rafting activities are carried out. Manavgat Köprülü Canyon region is in the rafting activities, and Acısu River in Belek region is the region that stands out in the canoe with traditionally organized international race.
Antalya, which hosted the World Rally Championship in previous years, also comes to the forefront with motorsports organizations. Starting from Çamyuva, one of the most beautiful beaches of Antalya, Kemer Sea to Sky Extreme Enduro Motorcycle Races, which has a beach, forest, canyon and mountain stages, respectively, end at the summit of Mount Olympus. Hundreds of athletes from all over the world participate in the traditionally organized race. Also, car and motor drag races are held on a specially arranged race track in Antalya.
Kas-Kastellorizo Swimming Races are organized by two countries and are the only in the world in this sense. Open water swimming is one of the most preferred sports for those who do sports for a healthy life and a fit body. With the 640 km coastline and climate, Antalya is an excellent destination for swimming sports. Aceanman Alanya Swimming Races, organized in Antalya district Alanya, hosts hundreds of athletes from all over the world.