Galata tower skyline Istanbul
Europe From the road

Bicycle touring Turkey (Part 1) – Off to Istanbul

Bicycle touring Turkey, a long-awaited dream came true!
Turkey, from the beginning, was one of the countries I was looking forward to the most. I was not only awaiting the tasty Turkish food or the Turkish hospitality I had heard a lot of good things about beforehand. It was also about reaching the last country on the European continent and reaching Asia by pure pedal power.

As I already traveled almost all of the Balkans by Bus / Train a few years before and since I haven’t been to Greece yet, everything south/south-east of Bulgaria was new territory for me. Despite the big anticipation and before I stood on Turkish soil, I had to earn the crossing to Turkey, with a long and tough day on the bike.

CHRONOLOGY
Everything that is written in this or future blog posts happened a year earlier, at about the same time of the year, on my bicycle world tour

An exhausting but incredible first day touring in Turkey

After I left Burgas and the black sea in the early morning of the 7.6.2019, I cycled south along the “E87” towards the mountains and Malko Tarnowo, the last city before the Bulgarian / Turkish border.

bicycle touring turkey
bicycle touring turkey steep climbs
my first host in turkey
a glass of turkish tea
full turkish breakfast
Turkish minaret in small turkish village
small road in north western turkey
bicycle touring turkey first flat
bicycle touring turkey
bicycle touring turkey wildcamping at sunset in Turkey
Wild camping spot in western turkey at dusk
bicycle touring turkey highways of istanbul
great turkish dinner in Istanbul
dinner with colombian and turkish friends
home made Pizza in Istanbul
turkish man making bbq Istanbul
turkish kebabs closeup
excellent turkish food
turkish salad
Bosphorus Istanbul Turkey
blue mosque Istanbul turkey
entry blue mosque Istanbul
turkish man praying sultan ahmet Istanbul
woman prayers blue mosque
Interior of sultan ahmet mosque Istanbul
prayer at blue mosque Istanbul
Inside sultan ahmet mosque Istanbul
hagia sophia Istanbul
turkish woman at mosque
Basilica Cistern in Istanbul
Galata tower and Bosphorus Istanbul
famous fish sandwiches of Istanbul
balik ekmek street food Istanbul
portrait of fisherman on galata bridge
fisherman on galata bridge in Istanbul
turkish fisherman drinking tea
old man fishing in Istanbul
fishermen at bosphorus
street food of Istanbul
turkish women sitting at bosphorus
red tram Istanbul
sweets of turkey Istanbul
turkish delight Istanbul
turkish sweets Istanbul
tasty turkish baklava
turkish street vendor Istanbul
alleys of Istanbul
streets of Istanbul 2
turkish lahmacun in Istanbul
streets of Istanbul turkey

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