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Beyond Kusadasi

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Beyond Kusadasi

We will be making our 3rd trip to Kusadasi in 10 days, we like to get around by dolmus and have been to the usual Ephasus, Selcuk and Sirence. I have read about Bafa Lake and surrounding area, maybe with an overnight stop ? Bodrum/Altinkum. Has anyone done this, can you recommend. Many thanks

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1. Re: Beyond Kusadasi

I thoroughly recommend Heraklia *Kapikiri" on Bafa lake. It is a village built on antique ruins. the landscape is very interesting as you approach the village, reminding one of gods throwing rocks at each other. The village has a number of B&Bs, some with nice lake views. The one we stayed at did not have much of a view from the room but was clean and reasonably priced. the aubergine fried in olive oil and the local tomatoes were excellent at one of the restaurants which also had a great view.

If you have time and are into hiking, there are guides who can take you up the mountains to some thousand year old monastries. or for shorter treks.

some cave drawings and interesting flora are also waiting to be discovered by tourists.

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2. Re: Beyond Kusadasi

Thank you for replying : sounds lovely, is this possible from Kusadasi by dolmus?

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you would need to get on a dolmus or bus going to Milas or Bodrum, from kusadasi. get off at the town of Bafa when you see the intersection and find transportation for the 6-7kilometers to heraklia. There is a cafe/restaurant at the turnoff to heraklia owned by a largish man called Aptullah. Tell him that profesor ahmet told you to say hello, and hopefully he will find a way to get you to Kapikiri. I am sure that there is dolmus going there as well, because there are some more villages on the way.

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4. Re: Beyond Kusadasi

Thanks again Prof. We will definately try this.

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If you book your accommodation in advance, most of the pension owners will make arrangements to come out to the turn off and collect you. Just text on arrival at the Bafa turnoff.

Its a fascinating area and well worth an overnight stay. Those who have an interest in bird watching will find it particularly interesting. My personal recommendation is to stay at the Selene, however there are also other good pensions available.

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6. Re: Beyond Kusadasi

If you were going to Bafa lake, you would need take Dolmus to Soke, then bus to Didim, and then change for a bus in Didim to Bafa Lake, its not far from there.

What about a day shopping in Izmir?

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7. Re: Beyond Kusadasi

Many thanks for all suggestions, would Izmir and Bafa Lake be possible in one day? thanks again.

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8. Re: Beyond Kusadasi

No as they are in opposite directions.Izmir is north of Kusadasi and Bafa Lake is south.You can have history and nature or history and shopping-but not on the same day :)

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9. Re: Beyond Kusadasi

This was the first time I have used the site, posting a question thinking mnaybe someine would reply. Thanks to all who have been so helpful.

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