Overlooking the Gokova Bay is the idyllic village of Akyaka, sitting to the east under the trees and backed by the mountain of Sakartepe, which provides a varied selection of amenities, dining and entertainment.
Kiting at Gokova Bay has left a lasting impression on many riders including ourselves (we live here!) from beginners to professionals who keep coming back; yet the bay is still undiscovered compared with the worlds ‘premier’ kiting spots and has just as much, if not more to offer.
Akyaka is a small village but it has grown over the years and now consists of many restaurants, small bed & breakfast hotel, supermarkets and bars. It still is a relatively quiet place and has a very moderate nightlife when compared to towns such as Marmaris.
In Akyaka you will also find a small museum which the curator will open for you any time between 10:00 and 17:00 hours. In 1987 the local government passed a law stating that only traditional houses could be built in Akyaka. The revival of this type of building was prompted by artist Nail Cakaran, who built a replica of his father’s Ula home above the Yucelin Hotel. It is now open to the public and well worth a visit.
Furthermore, Akyaka has its own beach with a beautiful promenade offering various bars and restaurants as well as some shopping opportunities.
This one of Akyaka’s best kept secrets; a beautiful secluded cove of turquoise waters with shingle beach backed with pine trees. Cinar is approximately 5km from Akyaka and can be reached by local Taxi or car and has a small friendly café providing food, drink and amenities.
Akyaka, Gökova and its surrounding area’s have many Mountain Bike tracks for all levels. We can organise bikes to hire and some routes which we have GPS’d. If you are a keen Mountain Biker why not bring your biking GPS and padded shorts with you and head off for a day’s exploration.
The water ways in Gokova Bay are not all about kiting (believe it or not). There are many boat excursions leaving from the town’s marina, which will take you around the crystal clear rivers and out to the famous Cleopatra’s Island (Sedir Island), where allegedly Cleopatra and Mark Anthony would rendezvous.
Several boats are available for fishing trips or day cruises and if you fancy something a bit more lavish you can lie back and relax on a Private Gulet for the day while the Captain and his crew take you out to sea.
DALYAN RIVER CRUISE, CAUNOS ROCK TOMBS AND SULTANS MUD BATHS.
The Dalyan River Cruise to Turtle Beach and the Sultans Mud Baths are probably the best value around!
With its five-mile long stretch of golden sand Turtle beach, surrounded by salt water on one side and fresh water on the other is spectacular.
The river boat will cruise through tall reeds and maze-like passages of the Dalyan Delta stopping over at the magnificent Rock Tombs of Caunos, carved high in the cliff. Let yourself be carried back through history as your guide tells you the enticing story of the ancient site of Caunos.
Finally the Source of Youth; The Mud Baths. It’s fun, it’s rejuvenating and it surely is a great chance for a hilarious snapshot!
History, Nature and Fun! All in one day!
MARMARIS – MARINA, NIGHTLIFE AND SHOPPING.
The sophisticated Marina in Marmaris is definitely worth a long wander on an evening, to view the jaw dropping yachts. Once you’ve taken in the high life, walk one street back and you will find yourself on a street packed with bustling bars and nightclubs. By day Marmaris offers plenty for the holiday shopper in the undercover Bazaar and some history at the Castle.
The Ephsus Artemis Temple is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, second only to Pompeii. Ephesus is one of the largest and best preserved ancient cities of the Mediterranean and amongst the best places in the world where you can genuinely soak up the atmosphere of Roman times.
The marvelous landscape of Pamukkale (which means ‘cotton castle’) has been created by the sediment of spring waters containing calcium bicarbonate. Located above the theatre of Hierapolis, the mineral water from the thermal springs of Cal Mountain is collected in a pool, known as the “Sacred Pool” of ancient times, where you can swim amidst the historical remains of Hierapolis. The water of Pamukkale is famed for its benefits to the eyes and skin; and its curing properties to the ills of asthma and rheumatism. The remains of the ancient Hierapolis are situated on the back of the thrilling white terraces. The fairyland Pamukkale is a must-see!
OLUDENIZ – THE BLUE LAGOON AND PARAGLIDING.
Oludeniz is home to Turkey’s blue lagoon which sweeps around the seaward side of the bay, framed by a spectacular back drop of pine forests and mountains; it is definitely worth a day trip. For those of you who are a little more adventurous Oludeniz is also home to one of the highest commercial take off sites in the world, at 6550 ft, giving you the most spectacular flight and photo opportunity.
Saklikent means “hidden city” and the Saklikent Canyon is the second largest Canyon in Europe although geographically located on the continent of Asia. 50km’s from Fethiye the Canyon is 300m deep and 18km long. The Canyon can only be entered in the Summer, starting in April when the first 4km are walkable, as most of the snow in the Taurus Mountains has melted and passed through on its way to the Mediterranean Sea.
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