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cleopatra's island

sedir island amphitheatre

akyaka tractor

akcapinar mosque

akcapinar boats

akcapinar stork

mugla market

mugla market

mugla hamam


Places to go around Akyaka

river boatazmak river trip

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.

sedir island boat trip

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).

gokova marketgokova market

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.

eucalyptus walkgokova plain

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 the river.

bodur akcapinar

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 village olives.

In 2010 a new shop opened,Köylü Gadın, selling natural foods - all kinds of jam, preserves, honey, pickled vegetables, olive oil and herbs.

mugla marketOttoman house mugla muglaMuğla
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 thermal springs
Sultaniye hot thermal springs and mud baths.

rock tombs dalyan iztutzu beach 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.

koycegiz lake Köyceğiz is a small town by a beautiful lake.
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.

bodrumbodrum castleBodrum (about 2 ½ hours drive) - big town, castle, shopping, mausoleum ruins.

bozburun peninsulabozburun
Bozburun peninsula

pamukkalepamukkale Pamukkale and Hierapolis (about 2.5 hours drive).

To be added... - Ephesus, Fethiye, Kaya Koyu, Gocek, Aphrodisias, Datca peninsula.

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