The Antalya area is the best and most extensive rock climbing area in Turkey, particularly the crags of Geyikbayiri and Olympos.
Rock Climbing around Antalya including Geyikbayiri and Olympos
|Crag||Total No. of Routes||Number of Routes in Grade Range|
|Up to 4 +||5a to 5c+||6a to 6b||6b+ to 6c+||7a to 7b||7b+ to 7c+||Over 8a|
|Karataslar||70||No information available|
|Hacimustafalar||N/N||No information available|
Geyikbayiri is the largest sport climbing area in Turkey. The crag itself is situated 25km from the busy tourist city of Antalya, with the only "tourists" being rock climbers! The main crag is 1.5km long, plus several other buttresses, providing over 700 routes across at all grades. However there is still potential to develop many more! The climbing is on superb limestone rock, with many features such as slabs and faces with small crimps to bomber overhanging tufas and roofs. The majority of the routes are single pitch though there are some 2-pitch routes as well. The crag has only been developed since 2001 and therefore all of the routes have good quality bolts.
Further inland from Geyikbayiri and high up in the mountains (2000m high) at a place called Feslekan Yayla is a fantastic limestone bouldering area. Though the bouldering is not fully developed, it does mean there are great opportunities to bag some first ascents. It is also an excellent place to escape the summer heat of Geyikbayiri.
Citdibi has been nicknamed by the locals as “mini Ceuse”. This is due to the fact that many of the routes are hard (F6c to F9a) that typifies a crag with long stalactites and is mainly overhanging. There are currently around 50 routes here, however there is massive scope to develop many more, and Citdibi is looked upon as the future of Antalya climbing.
Further south is another excellent sport climbing area at Olympos, with several crags. Here there are over 300 routes on perfect limestone rock across all grades. The rock climbing has slabs with small pockets that require technical moves and lots of balance through to tufas and huge roofs. Some of the crags also have the advantage of only being a few hundred metres from the beach. This area also has several walls that are suitable for deep water soloing (DWS) with the sea being deep enough to attempt routes from 8 to 20m long. The only down side is that these walls can only be approached by boat.
Akyarlar is a small limestone crag but it has the advantage that the climbing is straight off the beach! There are 17 short bolted routes here, ranging from 5b+ to 7a and plenty of bouldering.
The rock climbing at Karataslar is made up of 10 conglomerate towers with 70 routes ranging from 10m to 150m in length.
The guidebook for the area is called "Antalya Kaya Tirmanis Rehberi/A Rock Climbing Guide Antalya", written by Ozturk Kayikci. The guidebook includes all the main crags in the Antalya area, these being; Geyikbayiri, and Citdibi in the mountains; and Olympos and Kaputas on the coast. This guidebook is available to buy from our shop.
With many low cost airlines flying into Antalya airport, this is a great place for a budget rock climbing holiday. Geyikbayiri is situated 500m above sea level, making it less humid and cooler than Antalya. The best time to visit for rock climbing is from September through to June, though the rainy season is December and January. The exception to this is the crag at Citdibi. The crag faces east and is at an altitude of 1,000m, which means the best time to climb here, is from June to the end of December. For the other crags again the best time to visit is from September through to June.
For accommodation there are a number of campsites/bungalows to rent at Geyikbayiri and Olympos, see our accommodation in Antalya page for more information. There are many tourist areas/package destinations around Antalya such as Kemer, which offer cheap hotel/apartment accommodation. These are a good place to stay if you are planning to do a few days climbing as part of your general holiday.
A Rock climbing Guide to Antalya, describes all the sport climbing around Geyikbayiri, Olympos, Citdibi and Kaputas.
The Rock Climbing Atlas for Greece and The Middle East describes the rock climbing around Antalya and Ala Daglar National Park in Turkey.
Buy these guidebooks from our shop.