- Hiking / Trekking
- Ski resort
The Bozdağ Mountains offer some of the most beautiful scenery in Izmir. At 2,000 metres high, they dominate the whole region. It was here in the 1980s that rock climbing really began to take off in Izmir, and since the 1990s skiing has been attracting the area's elite to the mountains.
I arrived in Ödemiş in summer and took accommodation in the town of Bozdağ, my aim being to complete the ascent of Mount Bozdağ. It was dawn when I set off on the climb, and I arrived at the top with my guide at 10:00 in the morning; the view from the summit is phenomenal. It feels like being in the Alps at times in the forested section. I came across a flock of wild mountain sheep at one point. Considering this is such a hot, dry region, I was impressed by how green and verdant the town of Bozdağ looked on my way back down. With my hosts speaking very highly of their local pistes, I was left wanting to come back in winter.