The good news, Embark reader, is that there are vast spaces still unclaimed by tourist zombies, places where rock climbers, mountaineers, hikers, divers, bikers, and more can truly enjoy themselves. For example, you can head to pretty much any corner of Turkey and scare up a mountain well worth the effort in climbing. Throw your anchor down on the same summit upon which Noah found himself after the Great Flood (just a stone's throw from Armenia), cool your heels in mountains that rise nearly 13,000 feet above the Black Sea or soak in stellar views of the Mediterranean from the peaks of Antalya. There are also a handful of quality ski resorts in Turkey, despite the fact that there is a large tract of arid land that stifles the center of the country. Give Uludağ a try for the best that Turkey has to offer.
Turkey is also a country where an adventurer and his/her camping gear can get along just fine. Just ask the folks who've trekked the 316 mile Lycian Way or the nearly month-long St. Paul Trail, both of which are anything but your everyday tourist's estimation of southern Turkey.
Your water sports desires may be best sated along the Mediterranean or, less frequently, along the Aegean Sea at locations like Alacati and Saros Bay. Whether you're a scuba diver or a windsurfer, the coast between Antalya and Bodrum is a water sports playground; try Marmaris, Fethiye, and any of a number of other Mediterranean beach communities if this is your style.
And there is so much more to experience in Turkey; so much more that we'd need to start dividing this summary into chapters if we wanted to truly do it justice. Luckily, we've got adventures by the bucket load just a click away - whether you're traveling to Istanbul, Antalya, Ankara, or any other part of this wild and varied country.