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Rock climbing in Western Turkey

The map opposite shows the main rock climbing and sport climbing areas in Western Turkey.  The climbing is located around the cities of Istanbul, Bursa and Izmir. 

Rock Climbing in Northwest Turkey

No Crag Total No. of Routes Number of Routes in Grade Range
Up to 4+ 5 to 6a+ 6b to 7a Over 7a+
1 Ballikayalar 132 13 64 32 23
2 Geyve 110 0 30 48 32
3 Golpazri 210 0 87 80 43
4 Pelitozu 61 1 10 21 29
5 Narlidere 63 0 38 16 9
6 Oylat 26 1 11 8 6
7 Kaynaklar 201 0 63 71 67

There are over 800 routes in this area of northwest Turkey across a wide range of grades from F4+ to F8b.

Map of the rock climbing areas in Western Turkey

Map of the rock climbing areas in Western Turkey

Rock climbing guidebook for TurkeyThe above information has been extracted from the guidebook called “Rock climbing guidebook for Turkey”.  This guidebook is available to buy from our shop.

Generally the style of climbing is bolted sport routes on limestone rock with the vast majority being single pitch. However at Geyve there is a mixture of multi-pitch traditional routes as well as single pitch sport routes. 

Izmir is close to many of the tourist areas in Turkey.  Therefore the rock climbing at Kaynaklar near Izmir is an excellent location to include a few days climbing as part of your general holiday.


Rock climbing guidebook for Turkey

Buy the Rock climbing guidebook for Turkey from our shop.