Thought I would write a review as information regarding this lovely resort is hard to come by.
We have stayed in Dalyan for the last 2 years and love her beauty but this year fancied somewhere new, we were not disappointed.
We stayed in a 3bed traditional Turkish house in the top part of town which had spectacular views of the Gokova plains and the local woodland. The top part of town includes the ppt, supermarket, Wednesday produce market, a few little cafe bars, butchers which sells rotisserie chickens and a fab bakers for your morning loaf and other goodies. Here you can also get a cab to cinar beach for around 40tl return.
We loved the walk down to the beach through the pine forest which brings you out at the edge of the ice cold Azmak river, where the locals sit with their families, BBQ, picnic and swim. We preferred the little beach over the wooden bridge as it was much quieter with more space. A little shop there sells snacks and water etc but no toilets. You can also walk to the kitesurfing beach from here. Please note that you do need to wade through the river mouth for some of the way but it is only thigh deep at worst! My 15 yo son did a 3day kite surfing course with Kitebase Gokova who we found very professional. They also gave him a free day full hire free of charge. Excellent fun!
We loved the kite beach.....very cool place to hang out and people watch.
Evenings were spent in town. Loads of cheap and delicious food with much better value for money than Dalyan. Recommendations must go to Golden roof, ramones, Mevs and Gordos. All lovely food, great service and huge portions! Wine good price and very palatable too.
Loads of little bars, some playing live Turkish music with great hospitality. One of our favourites was the bar playing black and white silent movies on a screen outside, couches and Hubba pipe sealed the deal!
Many smaller kebab type shops selling good food. And some stalls selling corn on the cob, mussels, ice cream waffles etc. not to be missed.
Loads of great little shops. Loved the antique shop/stall....could have spent a fortune.
We did a gullet cruise with captain 1. He is one of the boats who doesn't ram hundreds of folk onto a 3 storey boat with blaring dance music all day long! He looked after us impeccably, we were treated to a lovely lunch, around 6 swim stops and didn't return until sunset which was spectacular. The boat isn't luxurious but we had loads of room and I enjoyed it as much, if not better, as some of the previous trips I did from Dalyan.
Tips. Gokova produce market, worth a couple of hours. Take the Dolmus.
Try the ice cream tubs topped with hot almond sponge.....3tl of lush.
Kunefe Turkish desert....gorgeous.
Walk into the forestry area for lots of quiet swim platforms and picnic areas.
Loads of wildlife....keep your eyes peeled for little owls, hummingbird moths etc.
Cons. Really upset at the amount of rubbish washed up all along the beach/sea in the conservation are on route to the surfer beach.......such a shame and something should be done about it. The sand dunes along that part are beautiful and quite often you could have a bit of Akyaka to yourself but it is spoiled by the amount of rubbish :(
I loved Akayaka.....it is a cool, bohemian place to be! Loads of friendly holiday makers, kite surfers from all over the world, hippies, travellers and ace for people watching! Laid back and no hastle, just the way a holiday should be.
We will return.Edited: 30 July 2014, 15:54