Villages of Marmaris

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Turgut is a village with status of a protected historical and natural area, and so it has been able to keep its unspoiled character. It is famous for its waterfall – not just any old waterfall, this one falls from a height of 6 or 7 metres. Around the falls is a breeding area of the Tiger Moth. About a kilometer along the road from the village of the waterfall, it is possible to make out an ancient stucture on the hillside on the right. This is believed to be the tomg of the Diagoras. The best –liked agricultural product of Turgut is peanuts. Peanut and cloth dalls are the favourite thing to take away from the village square, in front of the area’s most-visited village mosque. The village has just start to develop with tourism the biggest carpet shops around Marmaris are in Turgut. There are many restaurants which offer fresh and tasty food. Remains of the ancient ages attract the attention in the bay. Remains can be seen on a garden wall at the sea shore and further inside on the Temenos wall which is thought to surround the holy Ygeia area. This remains are believed to belong to the city Hygassos.


Orhaniye and Kızkumu

One the the important tourism centers in the Hisarönü Gulf is Orhaniye. Boats visiting the Hisarönü Gulf often spend the night in Orhaniye. The sea is always very still here. The shade of the pine forest falls on the sea painting the sea a very special color. People appearently walking in the middle of the sea attract attention. As a result of the sand movement a hide strip of the sand is formet beginning from the land, which divides the bay in two. The strip around 600m long is called Kızkumu. There is a story about it. “A girl who wanted to meet her lover filled her skirt with sand. She walked in the sea filling the sea with the sand from her skirt. She drowned there because of insufficient sand in her skirt”. There is an island in the middle of the bay with some castle remains. This castle is said to belong to the ancient city of Bybassos.



Bayır is one of the favourite stopping point of Jeep Safari tours. Do not forget to have tea or cool frothy yoghurt drink (Ayran) under the shade of the large historical plane tree in the village square the rumor is that walking onces around old plane tree prolongs life. Habitants of Bayır have written this on the identity disc of the plane tree. It is client that Bayır village is founded on the ancient city of Syrna and there was a temple dedicated to Asklepios, God of Health in place of the mosque today the stony road which is used today leads to the Acropolis.



The large sandy beach of the Çiftlik bay attracts attention. There are very few beaches like Çiftlik beach in Marmaris and the other surrounding bays. The sea is always very clear. There are a few hotels and harbour restourants in the bay. There is also small island which is private property the Gebekse Bay nearby is among the preferred places for blue cruise boats to spend the night. Gebekse bay has a small beach and the harbour restaurant. Its very enjoyable to go snorkelling and watch the tousands of colors under water.



The village is a small distance from the main road. The sea is shallow here and the sand is a terracotta color. Hisarönü is another good choice for those who want to have a relaxing vacation far from the crowds of Marmaris. The weather is always windy and of low humidity. Combined with the clean water of Hisarönü, it is especially good for those who suffer from asthma. It is the best place for windsurfing around Marmaris. There is also a horse riding facility. Boarding houses are also widespread. There are remains of a holy area named Kastabos between the village and the inlet. These remains belong to the Hemithea Temple.



Selimiye is aother stopping point for boats travelling between Marmaris and Bodrum. The village is very green with little resturants gathered around the bay servicing mostly boats. They have a variety of fish as it is abundant here. Pure olive oil and laurel leaves give a unique taste to steamed fish. Stuffed courgette flowers are a speciality of the Aegean kitchen. The old name of the Selimiye is Hydas. There are remains of three castles around Selimiye. Hellenistic city wall remains are frequently visited and they are located on a hill southeast of the bay. There are boat tours to Kamelya and Difllice Islands.



A winding lane through the magnificent pine forests creates a magical entrance into the village of Söğüt (meaning Willow in Turkish.) Anyone taking the left turning before entering Bozburun will follow a road which somethimes descends to sea level and passes bays, headlands and villages with boat yards, and in a little while will reach Söğüt. The old name of Söğüt is Saranda, and the area is very rich in seafood. A huge variety of fish and shellfish can be caught in the crystal-clear waters. All along the shore are restaurants serving all kinds of seafood straight from the water – the taste is unforgettable! Among places not to be missed in Söğüt are the “Forty Wells”. These wells are filled by water sceping down from the mountains, and supply the needs of the village.



Where the road comes to an end. Bozburun Peninsula that brings the Aegean and the Mediterranean Sea together that is, at a place where the road comes to an end and in the beauties of history and nature waiting to be discovered is quite a holiday paradise. This sea town that is very famous among ‘blue voyage’ boats with its lacy coves and islands bears the footsteps of the civilization survived for hundreds, thousands years on the territory around the town. The peninsula called after Bozburun shares the region with pleasant village and towns such as Hisarönü, Orhaniye, Turgut, Selimiye, Bayırköy, Söğüt, Kızılger and Taşlıca. You can visit all these villages on Jeep Safari. Traditional Turkish coffeehouses, restaurants, souvenir shops of Bozburun that will carry the memories of the region to your house lend colour to your holiday.



Until the mid-90s, the road to Marmaris passed along the eucalyptus avenue and through Akçapınar. These eucalyptus trees, now huge, were planted in 1939 by then governer Recai Güreli, with the purpose of creating a footpath across the marshy area to link up the main road. Our village is known for its citrus growning as much as for its fishing. Passing through the village, dont forget to try our real churned ayran, toasted sandwiches and fresh poegranate juice and orange. Each family in the village has its own boat, and at night or early in the morning the men and women of the village put to sea to meet the needs of the local restaurant for fresh fish. The fauna and flora of this area has great ecological importance, showing features of both the Mediterranean and Agean regions. Along the wild maquis vegetation, olive groves can be seen everywhere. This is a birdwatcher’s paradise with storks and many other species of birds.