Akyaka is situated in the province of Mugla, in south-west
Turkey, at the eastern end of the Gökova gulf, between
Marmaris, Mugla and Bodrum. With the Sakartepe mountains
rising steeply behind, pine forest on one side and the
wetlands of the Gökova plain ("heaven's plain") conservation
area on the other, Akyaka is rich in history, flora
and fauna. Home for otters, a wide variety of birds,
and other wild life.
Akyaka is beautiful, unspoilt and peaceful out of season, popular
with Turkish tourists during the summer and weekends,
but isn't commercialised. The nightlife revolves around
the restaurants and bars.All the shops & restaurants
open till late at night in the season.
There is so much to see in Akyaka.
There are many beautiful houses and villas, built or
inspired by Nail Çakirhan, a famous local architect
who won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1983.
His Ula-Mugla style of red-roofed, white-washed, two-story
houses with ornate pine-timbered eaves and balconies
are characteristic of Akyaka.
Akyaka has two main areas - upper and lower village.
Between the two you can walk down the cobbled streets
or take the path through the woods.
The village centre is at the top of town - shops stocking
all daily necessities, ATM cash machines, Ataturk square,
bus stop, cafes, a few restaurants, post office, weekly general market.
At the lower part of town there is the beach, harbour,
forestry commission area, conservation beach, shops,
restaurants, bars, bus station, council park, and the
The sandy beach gently slopes into the gulf of turquoise
blue waters stretching out within Gökova Bay, to
where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean.
At the end of the beach, there are watersports available
such as kayaking, kite surfing, windsurfing, also bicycle
Beyond the beach you enter Gökova Park. Past the
waterside cafes and restaurants, you can go up into
the woods, with woodland walks, picnic areas and bathing
Cross the bridge near harbour to access the Conservation/
Hundreds of springs around Akyaka create the river,
and many are located in the conservation area. It is
a haven for birdspotters, and if you're very lucky you
may see otters.
Wednesday is Market Day in Akyaka
From the harbour, you can take a boat ride down the
the crystal clear Kadin Azmak River.
Take a walk down the riverside to the renowned fish
Further on, walking towards Gökova, there are the
castle ruins, C16th water cistern, Inisdibi mosque,
and the ancient rock tombs.
The architect Nail Çakirhan's house has been
turned into an arts centre, with regular exhibitions
by various Turkish artists. Admission is free. It's
worth a visit if only to view the intricate wooden ceiling,
which inspired many other ceilings in Akyaka!
About 45 mins. walk from Akyaka centre is Çinar beach.
There is a café, stream, picnic areas and woodland.
On the way you can stop off at Eski Iskele (old harbour)
and from there follow the scenic coast road. You can
also get to Çinar by boat.
Other activities in Akyaka:
~Birdwatching, Fishing & Trekking ~
The conservation group, Friends of Gökova, arrange
trekking & bird watching trips, such as the stork walk.
There is a copy of their book of local walks in our
Try the small boats by the quay for fishing trips, or
arrange with local tour company.
Barbers ~ go for a shave guys, a great experience! It
usually includes extras such as burning off your ear
hair, tidying nasal hair & eyebrows, moisturiser,
neck/head/ shoulder/arm & hand massage. Great value!
While you're there, have a face mask and haircut too!
Many of the Ladies hairdressers also provide manicure,
pedicure, eyebrow threading.
Yucelen Hotel ~at the end of the beach - you can walk
in the grounds and look at the carp, trout, ducks &
turtles in the pond.