Places to go around Akyaka
Daily River Boat trips from the harbour, down the Azmac
river and back. Takes about 30 mins.
Some boats do longer trips that also go to Cinar beach,
and include breakfast.
Daily Sea Boat trips from the boat co-operative on
the quayside, depart around 10 a.m. back about 5 pm.,
lunch included, plenty of stops for swimming.
Sedir (Cleopatra's) Island is a very popular destination
for the boat trips, there are some ancient ruins &
an amphitheatre (admission to the island is extra).
Gökova Market on Saturdays, a good local
market. You can get there by tractor & trailer
in the morning, or by local bus from the car park
at bottom of town.
From Inisdibi (between Gökova & Akyaka) you can
walk across the plains, and down the one mile long
avenue of Eucalyptus trees, to the village
of Akçapınar, where in spring you can
see storks nesting.
is the small village across the plain that you can
see from our roof terrace - you might notice the silver
dome of the mosque glinting in the sun. Situated at
the end of the Eucalyptus walk. The council bus goes
there from Akyaka car park near harbour. There are
many storks nests on the hillside, stroll down to
In Akçapınar we love the Bodur café
- frothy ayran (yogurt drink), pide (Turkish pizza),
menemen (eggs poached in tomatoes, peppers and onion),
served with succulent tomatoes and crispy HOT chillies (eat the chillies
if you dare!). Or try the gözleme (pancakes)
and fresh orange juice. They also sell big jars of
In 2010 a new shop opened,Köylü Gadın,
selling natural foods - all kinds of jam, preserves,
honey, pickled vegetables, olive oil and herbs.
The University town of Muğla is the provincial
capital. A busy, very Turkish town. There is a large
daily fruit and veg market and the weekly Thursday
market which spreads around the town. Beyond the market
you can explore the narrow streets with their old
houses. There is a council park near the museum. The
narrow lanes of the old bazaar area have interesting
shops with all kinds of specialist trades. Opposite
the mosque is a restored ottoman house which you can
look round. There is a 13th century Hamam (Turkish
baths), where you can go for steam room & massage.
There are buses to Mugla every 30 mins from Akayka,
takes about 30 min ride up the mountain road.
A large, popular tourist town in a beautiful setting,
with nice seafront, harbourside and castle. If you
want to shop till you drop, and party all night long
then it's the place to go!
The Bazaar is crammed full of tourist shops, selling
"designer" name clothing, perfumes, carpets,
Turkish delight, leather, gold, souvenirs etc. You
can haggle over prices. There are bargains to be had!
Market Day is Thursday. Bar Street is lively in the
evenings. For families, there is the Aqua park. There
is a Dolmus every day from Akyaka in high season,
journey takes about 40 mins. Out of season, get the
Mugla Dolmus as far as the main road, then stand by
the roadside and hail a Marmaris minibus.
Sultaniye hot thermal springs and mud baths.
Dalyan. Around one hour drive. We are told
that in high season, you can book trips to Dalyan
from the booth on the quay. Otherwise, see Mepar Tours
for a great day trip, or you can get a boat from Köyceğiz.
At Dalyan are the famous rock tombs, river trips that
take you to Iztuzu beach, where the loggerhead turtles
(Caretta caretta) breed. There are also trips to Sultaniye
and the ruins at Caunos.
Köyceğiz is a small town by a beautiful
Mepar Tours at top of town does an excellent day trip
that takes in Sultaniye, Dalyan, Caunos and views
of Köyceğiz lake, plus you can swim in the
lake at Sultaniye.
(about 2 ½ hours drive) - big town, castle,
shopping, mausoleum ruins.
Pamukkale and Hierapolis (about
2.5 hours drive).
To be added... - Ephesus, Fethiye, Kaya Koyu, Gocek,
Aphrodisias, Datca peninsula.