The leading nature sports that can be done in Balıkesir are as follows:
Mountain and hiking / Trekking
It is possible to see all the coastal villages and walk in nature with the road with sea and forest views that travels all around Kapıdağ Peninsula, where Bandırma, Marmara and Erdek districts embrace. For this reason, Kapıdağ emerges as a very suitable geographical location for nature tourism activities. The unspoiled nature of the Kapıdağ Peninsula, especially the dense forest areas in the middle and northern regions are ideal places for trekking and trekking.
In Edremit, trekking, mountain-trekking in the Kaz Mountains (natural areas such as Hasanboğıldı, Sutüven, Mıhlıçay Valley, Şahindere Canyon, Sarıkız), where natural values and cultural values are combined, gives a unique pleasure. The horizontal route, which is within the boundaries of the national park and passes through various settlements, attracts the attention of visitors who want to get to know the villages and their lifestyle, various traditions and tastes, as well as the natural beauties.
The recreation areas in the Alaçam Mountains of Dursunbey district are among the beauties that attract the attention of nature lovers.
Gonen is a district rich in cultural tourism, which hosts beautiful horseback hikes and botanical tours as well as its healing waters.
22 hiking routes were created within the framework of the Misya Walking Paths project prepared by the Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism, which was prepared to improve nature tourism and increase the infrastructure works for nature sports in Balıkesir, and 3 wooden viewing terraces were built.
You can visit www.misyayuruyusyollari.gov.tr for detailed information about the walking routes and observation terraces in Edremit, Erdek, Dursunbey, Gömeç, İvrindi, Kepsut, Sındırgı and Susurluk districts and the Misya Walkways project.
Balıkesir has a wide range in terms of water sports: Edremit (Akçay and Altınoluk), Ayvalık (Alibey / Cunda Island, Sarimsakli Beach), Burhaniye (Ören) and Erdek coasts in many areas such as water skiing, surfing, jet skiing, underwater diving. The Marmara and Avşa Islands offer various opportunities for water sports enthusiasts.
Ayvalık district, which consists of 22 islets in the North Aegean, is among the favorite places for diving. In terms of coral reefs, it has 60 diving points with its rich bottom structure and unquestionably clear sea.
Ayvalık, Edremit, Burhaniye and Erdek coasts are very suitable for sailing and windsurfing because they are constantly windy. Equipped facilities and entertainment centers in the region increase the entertainment opportunities of tourists.
Akçay Stream is one of the important rivers where rafting and river canoeing can be done in our country. Water sports in this natural beauty surrounded by pine and willow trees provide an unforgettable pleasure.
Ayvalık, Edremit, Burhaniye, Bandırma and Marmara districts offer indispensable opportunities for sport angling enthusiasts. It is possible to catch many fish here, especially sea bass, mullet and sardine. In addition, the "Catch, Love, Release" themed Fishing Activity, organized by Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality in certain periods of the year in Avlu Balıkesir, also attracts great attention.
For land hunting, inner regions of Balıkesir, Kaz Mountains, Dursunbey Alaçam Mountains can be preferred. Kaz Mountains is a leading eco-tourism center with its biodiversity, flora and fauna. Another ecological value of importance for the region is the Dursunbey Alaçam Mountains, which are more suitable for camping. Hunting tourism can also be done in the parts of the Kaz Mountains that are not included in the national park and in the Alaçam Mountains. By obtaining the necessary hunting permits, equipped hunting activities can be done with the clubs and well-equipped companies, accompanied by guides.
Mountaineering and Climbing
Professional mountaineering activities started in 1988 in Balıkesir. Balıkesir Mountaineering and Search and Rescue Specialization Club (BALDAK), which was established in 2005, is a club that brings together the people of Balıkesir who are interested in mountaineering and climbing, with daily and camping activities. Those who want to get detailed information about the club can visit www.baldak.net.
Bandırma Mountaineering and Outdoor Sports Specialization Club (BANDAK), which was established after the Marmara Earthquake in 1999, awaits visitors from Bandırma and Balıkesirl who are interested in nature sports. The club announces its activities at www.bandak1999.org.
Apart from these, there are other societies and groups such as Balıkesir University Mountaineering and Winter Sports Community, Erdek Cennet and KAZDAK.
For those who are interested in mountaineering and climbing, İvrindi Madra Mountain, Erdek Kapıdağ, Dursunbey Alaçam Mountains, Bigadiç Ulus Mountain, Şahinderesi Canyon, Edremit Kaz Mountains Sındırgı Kertil, Kepsut Nusret Kaya are some of the suitable addresses.
Bicycle and Motor
Balıkesir is a city with numerous routes, offering many alternatives for bicycle enthusiasts. Thanks to the safe bike tracks in the city center, Karesi and Altıeylül districts, bike lovers can enjoy pleasant rides.
There are many cycling-friendly associations and societies for those who see cycling as a way of life and want to specialize in this field, get together with other bicycle lovers and participate in activities: Balıkesir Cyclists Association (BABİSD), Pedalon Balıkesir Bicycle Association, Ayvalık Badavut Nature and Bicycle Group (BADOBİS), Communities such as the Bandırma Bicycle Group (BANBİS) have played an important role in developing the city’s cycling culture.
Balıkesirli motor enthusiasts also come together in many different groups and events. The leading motorcycle group of the city, 10RIDERS Balıkesir Motorcycle Sports Club carries out its activities on www.10rdrs.com.
Şakir Şenkalaycı Motocross Track in Gönen is an important track that hosts many important events.
One of the most favorite sports of adrenaline enthusiasts and adventurers who want to experience the excitement at its peak is paragliding. The enthusiasts of this sport have turned their eyes to Balıkesir in recent years and have been enjoying the natural beauties of Balıkesir to the fullest.
Asartepe, Uçarcıtepe and Telsiz Hill, especially Türkmentepe, which is one of the most suitable routes for paragliding in Turkey with its height of 560 meters, host paragliding enthusiasts. These points are among the addresses of great interest for adventure lovers who want to leave themselves to the wind and watch the nature of Balıkesir with a bird’s eye view.
Balıkesir Sportive Aviation Club and Turkish Aeronautical Association Balıkesir Branch continue to serve air sports enthusiasts with the events they organize.