The Gulf of Gökova and Akyaka
There is no dearth of resort towns along the
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 dont 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.