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inisdibi mosque

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About Akyaka

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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. akyaka houses

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.
top of village

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 river.

gokova gulf akyaka beach

The sandy beach gently slopes into the gulf of turquoise blue waters stretching out within Gökova Bay, to where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean.

akyaka bathing platform akyaka watersports

At the end of the beach, there are watersports available such as kayaking, kite surfing, windsurfing, also bicycle hire.
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 platforms.

akyaka bridge akyaka harbour

Cross the bridge near harbour to access the Conservation/ Wetlands Area.

conservation areaconservation beach
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.

akyaka marketakyaka market

Wednesday is Market Day in Akyaka

azmak cennet azmak boat
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 restaurants.

water cistern

Further on, walking towards Gökova, there are the castle ruins, C16th water cistern, Inisdibi mosque, and the ancient rock tombs.

art house art house

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!

Çinar beach Çinar beach
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 house.
Try the small boats by the quay for fishing trips, or arrange with local tour company.

turtle kingfisher ducklings tortoise lizard

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.

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