This summer I didn’t go on holiday. I have been so busy with work while keeping my social life intact with being away so much. I had two weeks off this summer, one week in June and the other in September. I decided to stay home and get all my stuff together.
But, I do have a story to share about my visit to Turkey in summer 2013. Usually I’m not the type of girl to book an organised holiday in an all-inclusive resort. But that year I made an exception. Everybody who has been to Turkey before will know it’s hard not to stay in an all-inclusive resort. It seems that it’s the only thing you can find, when looking for a beach holiday. The reason I caved, was because I was really looking for some peace and quiet. I didn’t want to think about anything besides picking out my bikini for the day.
Even though I decided to stay in an all-inclusive hotel, didn’t mean I would give up all my principles. I went online to find a nice little spot, which would not be too crowded with tourist. Eventually I found a couple of options. I am not a difficult person when it comes to hotels. The only thing I value is that it’s clean.
After weighing a bunch of options back and forth, the decision was set on Turunc and Dalyan. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t give this organised holiday a little Sarah twist 😉 I decided to book ten days in this all-inclusive resort in Turunc and then end up five more days in Dalyan.
Turunc is a small village at the coast near the Aegean Sea. Close to major tourist cities like Marmaris and Icmeler. The hotel I was staying was the main hotel in town “Otel Turunc”. The hotel was situated at a private beach in a small bay, which was very beautiful. I really loved the hotel. The staff was friendly, the food was great and the entertainment was good. Just perfect for a week away. The center is small, nice and cosy. A couple of restaurants, bars and terraces. Shops which sell the same fake stuff you would find in Marmaris. From the harbor in Turunc you can get a taxi boat to Icmeler and Marmaris. I think it was about 15 lira return ticket per person. It’s a lovely boat trip with some nice views.
Tip! When you’re hungry for a snack or a light meal, go to town and visit Izmir Kumru. They sell amazing sandwiches with different kinds of meat on it. It’s a small place with a couple of tables outside. They also sell ‘midye’ (stuffed mussels). It was my first time eating them and they are really good. They are stuffed with rice, served on a plate (you pay per mussel) and you put some fresh lemon juice on them. Absolutely lovely!
So, after a week we left Turunc to go to Dalyan. Dalyan is a small town almost straight across the sea from Turunc. I found out that going by bus or car would take us more time than going by boat. In the harbor there are many places where you can book a group excursion to Dalyan. I decided it was easier booking this excursion where we would stay in Dalyan. We even got a discount, because we didn’t take the boat back to Turunc.
This group excursion took us to a natural mud bath and then through the rivers, to Iztutu beach. Iztutu beach is also called turtle beach. It is actually a beach where sea turtles lay there eggs. Therefore the beach is only open between certain hours. There is also no sewer system on the beach. In the restrooms everything is done with salt water. So don’t fill up your water bottle. You’ll be disappointed 😉 There is also a turtle rescue place, where you can visit the turtles who are sick of have been hurt by the nets by fisher boats. The entrance is free.
Dalyan itself is a beautiful little town. There are many places to eat. I booked a basic apartment through Booking.com. It was extremely cheap. The apartment had one bedroom and a small kitchen. Everything was very basic, but perfect. The location was good and the owner was helpful and friendly.
After some hesitation from me, I agreed to rent a quad. It is so easy to go for a drive. There are so many beautiful remote beaches. Just follow the main road across the small lake “Sulungur Golu”. And if you’re going through the mountains. Bring a small Turkish translation book with you. In case you need to ask for the way home. People do not speak English. You can even take the quad from Dalyan to Iztutu beach, which is around 30 minutes away. You can also go up and follow the main road around the big lake “Koycegiz Golu”. Take a map with you and drive up to Yuvarlakcay, which is a stream up in the mountains with some nice restaurant nearby.
1. The first is a restaurant with lots of pomegranate tree’s. You can stop here for a small lunch or just have a glass of freshly squeezed pomegranate juice. Absolutely delicious and sooo healthy. They grow a lot of vegetables themselves. You can also buy pomegranate jam and much more. Really worth visiting. Check out their website on http://www.nardanesi.com. Unfortunately all in Turkish 😉
2. There is a another restaurant on that same road. It’s located by the river and you get to feed little turtles. I really loved the food and the surrounding of the restaurant. Check out their website on http://www.golbasi.com (in English as well!). If you’re not sure what to order from the big menu, the “kuzu guvec” and the “sac kavurma” are highly recommended.
3. A lovely restaurant up in the mountains near Yuvarlakcay, is www.yuvarlakcayyesilvadi.com. You can have a drink or eat something. You can even have a swim in the freezing cold water coming from the mountains. I dare you 😉
Hope you enjoyed my travel blog. Please let me know if you have any question and if you do visit, let me know what you think!