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The Gulf of Gökova and Akyaka

There is no dearth of resort towns along the Mediterranean and the Aegean:
Bodrum, Marmaris, Fethiye, and Antalya all cater to the needs of tourists looking for a little sun and sand. But if you are more inclined to spend some time in a small village where fishing still remains a staple of the local economy and the water is so pristine you can see fish swimming along the bottom of the sea, head to Akyaka which sits at the tip of the Bay of Gökova.

Jagged mountains shoot out from behind the small village of Akyaka. The position of mountains and sea is breathtaking. With white pebble beaches, quaint wooden roof houses and thick forests, the lack of development in Akyaka is both amazing and refreshing.

This is the kind of town where you don’t feel bad for not doing anything. You can spend several days taking leisurely walks on the beach, reading by the pool, and feasting on the daily catch. It seemes that a cool breeze always comes in from the sea, so even on the hottest of days, the temperature remaines pleasant.

If you are feeling a little more adventurous, put on your hiking boots and head out along the dirt path that follows the northern shore of the bay. You can find your own private cove for a dip along the way. Water sports are also very popular on the bay. You can rent kayaks and explore the bay and the Azmak River that winds through the marshy lands to the east of the village. Wind surfing is also very popular.

Gökova is also accessible by air or sea. If you are not coming from Ephesus, you can fly into Dalaman airport, which is about an hour from Gökova, and then travel by minibus or hire a taxi. Alternatively, you can hire a yacht or gullet and arrive by sea from any of the other resort towns along the coast.

view of the village of akyaka

coast near  the village of akyaka

view of the river in the village of akyaka

view of the famous cakirhan house of akyaka