Outdoor Sports in Icel

For the outdoor enthusiast, Gözne, Ayvagedigi, Kizilbag, Sogucak, Bekiralani, Findikpinari, Mihrican, Çamliyayla, Namrun, Sebil are nearby highlands where the locals also retreat for a break in the summer months. There is a skiing establishment on the north slopes of Mount Bolkar, which is on the way between Nigde and Mersin. The Aladaglar (Çamardi) Mountains provide an enriching mountaineering experience; the best season to climb the mountains is during June, July and August, when the alpine meadows of higher elevations are rich in vegetation.

If you are an intrepid daredevil, a course in parachuting at the Türkiye Air Association can make your spirits soars. The Gelicik Hill (267 meters high) at Emirler Village is suitable for pros, while the 150 meter high hill inside the Mersin University Çiftlik Village Campus is suitable for beginners. Karatepe Hill north of waterfall at Tarsus and Çanaktepe hill are suitable for slope parachuting too.

Windsurfing, surfing, boating, parachute, water skiing beckons the water baby at beaches. Rafting down the Göksu River is a wild experience you will never regret.

Erdemli Çamligi, Limonlu Çay Delta, Kizkalesi, Susanoglu, Akkum, Bogsak, Anamur/Pullu and Anamur/Iskele are forest camps run by the Ministry of Forestry in the Icel province. These campsites are popular places during the summer, especially for students, and offer cheap and relaxing accommodation in a natural environment. It is usually possible to rent tents and caravans and the level of facilities varies from location to location. Reservations are recommended during high season.

Göksu Delta is also known as a Bird Sanctuary, home to lots of different species of birds and turtles, living in a protected environment. April and September are good months for bird watching as at this time large flocks of different species can be spotted.