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Guide to paragliding in Istanbul: Where can I fly?

In the 70-odd years since its invention, paragliding has become a truly global extreme sport. Turkey is becoming the place to go; the conditions are excellent and the sights astounding. In this guide to paragliding in Istanbul we will tell you where you can fly.

Istanbul is located between the Black Sea to the north and and the Sea of Marmara to the south. Both coastline have elevates spots suitable to launch, so you can normally fly whatever direction the wind is blowing.

Of course if on a paragliding in Istanbul holiday you’ll find plenty of other things to do when not flying. Afterall it is one of the world’s most cultural and historical cities. Plus accommodation is cheap and easy to find making it a great destination for a cheap break.

Guide to paragliding in Istanbul
A little insider knowledge is needed to pick up the best winds and landing zones – here it is!

Ormanli
Although Paragliding in Istanbul is not possible nearby is very good. Head 93.5km up the O-3 and D010 motorways and you’ll hit Ormanli, a spectacular coastal ridge with northeast winds sometimes so strong that forward launches at 38m elevation can be tricky.

You may find it easier to take off from the beach. Once you’re up in the air, you can trace the coastline for hours (especially if your wings have a high glide ratio), take in the glittering sea views and then topland with relative ease. At high season the airspace can get crowded with beginners, so watch out and avoid a pile-up!

Karaburun
On the Black Sea coast not far from Ormanli is Karaburun, which is a well-trodden launch area patronised by two major paragliding clubs: Bogazici and Istanbul University. The consistent 18kph north and north-northeast winds make soaring feasible for about 10km, but look out for sharp rocks if you plan a beachland.

You’ll need to aim for 30-45 degrees to avoid overshooting and getting soaked. Karaburun also offers the added bonus of a rolling golden beach just 1km from its spikier launch beach. Ideal for swimming, the water is bath-warm and the current slow – perfect for re-energising you before another flight.

Published date: August 30, 2018 Modified date: January 1, 2020 Publisher / Owner : Taurus Mountains Paragliding Flights



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