Although it is not the first stop in Turkey for tourists who want to do sports or spend time in nature, Istanbul, which stands out with its city tourism which is the focal point of culture tourism, offers trekking, off-road, orienteering, cycling, paragliding Sports activities such as bird watching, sightseeing trips such as travail can be done.
There are two golf facilities which can be used in international competitions. One of them is in Silivri and the other is in Sarıyer (Kemerburgaz).
There are many paragliding areas in Istanbul that amateur and professional athletes can take advantage of.
It is a pretty good area for basic and new start.
It provides a suitable environment for floating and rising, allowing only the north to fly with the winds.
It is a tradition where the southern winds are dominant.
It's a field where the north winds are heavy. Landing is difficult due to the fact that it has a steep slope and there are not too many flat spots at ground level.
An area that is used as an alternative in times when there is a lot of wind in Catalca.
- Büyükçekmece Lake
The lake has an important bird area status with large number of water birds in winter, mainly elmabaş. Especially in winter, silver gulls in the important numbers, small gulls and mediterranean gulls in the spring are seen. Among the breeding birds are small honeysuckle, spinach, elm, oak, hare, long leg, marsh falcon and sumru.
- Küçükçekmece Lake
The area hosts a significant number of waterbirds in the winter, including the gulls, cormorants and silver seagulls. The little cormorant is seen in the early winter and in the spring.
At the beginning of the spring and autumn months, the best places to see bird migration are the Sarıyer ridges in Europe and the Small and Big Çamlıca hills in Asia. Black storks, bee hoards, black rookies, falcons, small forest can be seen in the card. It also gains important bird area status thanks to the minute hand movements that can be seen while flying.
The four islands are located at the port entrance of Şile district of Istanbul on the shores of the Black Sea. The area here gains important bird area status with the breeding peaked cormorant population. The majority of them are hugging the largest island and the island east of it. The other two are used for more accommodation.
- Belgrad Forests
Belgrade Forest is a forest formed by numerous tree and plant species in winter. The first order among the existing trees is oak. The most common type of tree is eastern beech, common hornbeam and Anatolian chestnut.
- Atatürk Arboretum
More than 1500 plants are home to the tilt. There is a rich maple and oak collection. It is also possible to see here many species of onion plants.
There are rare ducks and wild excavations around Lake Küçükçekmece, ducks and geese around Alibeyköy Dam Lake, wild boars, foxes, rare weasels and wolves in Belgrad Forests near Kemerburgaz, and woodcrumbs, pheasants and wild pigeons in dense forests.
In the northwest, Yalıköy region was designated as the production area of roe and pheasant. It is found on the high peaks of the Tipic Mountains and rarely in the dense forests. There are also mandarins, rarely found in our country, separated from their plows and increasingly wild in the forest. Durusu (Terkos) Lake is the habitat for ducks and wildlife. The fly pheasant is designated as a pheasant protection area.
Beykoz district borders on the northeastern side, with rabbits and foxes and rarely mountain pebbles. There are geese and ducks around Ömerli Dam Lake and wild boar in the thick forests.
In addition, the protected areas in the city are as follows:
· Istanbul-Sarıyer-Feneryolu Wildlife Sanctuary
· Istanbul-Çatalca, Yalıköy (Çilingöz) Wildlife Protection Area
· Istanbul-Arnavutköy-Shamlar Afforestation Wildlife Protection Area
· Istanbul-Silivri, Fly Pheasant Placement Area
· Firestone Nature Conservation Area
· Polonezköy Nature Park
· Turkmenbashi Nature Park (Hacıosman Nature Park)
· Subaşı Pools Çınarı Nature Monument