As far as extreme thrills go, white water rafting is about as good as it gets. Making your way down raging rivers, traversing rampaging currents and dropping down torrential waterfalls, all on what is essentially a glorified airbed, is certainly an exhilarating experience.
And the best bit is that all of this is just on the doorstep across the continent.
Travelling around in Europe may be pretty easy these days thanks to the Schengen agreement – this allows freedom of movement within most EU member states (and even a few non members). And it gives us access to some fantastic rivers!
One of the world’s most significant cities in terms of history, geography, culture, and politics, Istanbul is the gateway between Europe and Asia. Straddling the Bosphorus Straight – a narrow causeway between the Mediterranean Sea (represented by the Sea of Mamara) and the Black Sea – the city is a conglomerate of Eastern and Western culture and a popular tourist destination.
While the unique geography of Istanbul has made it a principal metropolis in the region for two thousand years, the hills, seas, beaches, and the straight also create excellent opportunities for rafting in Istanbul – for residents and visitors alike.
Naturally, sailing has evolved as a popular activity for water goers. But the mountains and rivers of Turkey make rafting the more tempting of treats.
We all adore New York City, but if you’re experiencing major withdrawal from adrenalin-induced adventures, head beyond Bloomingdales and back-street speakeasies, for a dose of white-water rafting just outside the Big Apple.
Escaping to the Black River Canyon, near Watertown, New York, will have you clinging with dear life to your raft in this wonderfully warm-water heartland.
What makes it such a draw for rafting fans is its narrow shape, creating the perfect combination of white-water foam and fury via myriad boulders and crags, littered throughout the passageway.
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