Stayed ten nights in April. Loved it. At odd moments the loudest sound was the buzz of bees in the citrus blossom. Foraging under citrus and olive trees round the cabins were chickens, an occasional tortoise, or a hedgehog at night. Our verandah was well shaded by an orange tree. Two guests (one German, one French) said Kıyı was a paradise, but don’t expect perfection or luxury. Remember it’s a smallholding with guests. We slowed down and relaxed with a book in the fragrant citrus orchard. There was free wifi, too.
A beach of pebbles and coarse sand is three minutes away, across open land. A three minute stroll to a café or shop, twenty minutes to the little main street. In season there are boat trips. There were ramshackle bikes to borrow. When the tyres were soft Adem smiled, whisked the bikes away and pumped them up. No problem. We cycled, strolled, swam (water in early April cool at 16C). At this season, Dolmuş service begins up at the main road. ATM at a layby near there. Enjoyed the ruins of Olympos, and a day in Adrasan (not as unspoilt as Çirali).
Arriving on 3 April, we raised guest total from two to five. Numbers soon grew. We liked to eat among the trees, but if it was cool a log fire was lit in the enclosed dining area. Cabin AC/heating was effective in heating mode. In season, meals are a buffet, but Suleyman Borlu (always kind, cheerful) brought the dishes of the day to our table: good home cooking, lovingly prepared. Breakfast included eggs from their own hens, salad with olives from their own trees, superb freshly squeezed orange juice. Our only problem with the food was that there was more than we could possibly eat. Free çay was available from an urn all day.
If (like Paolo C) you expect international cuisine, this is the wrong place. If you want manicured surroundings, a pool or luxury touches, somewhere without cockerels crowing, children playing, or an occasional tractor passing by, this is the wrong place. We don’t mind if the washbasin wobbles, when the people looking after us are so kind and genuine, the surroundings so tranquil, the price so reasonable. Kıyı is home to three generations: they grow fruit and vegetables for the table, and all work hard for their guests who stay in cabins (mostly not detached, so noise can be a factor). Suleyman B’s unfailing kindness was echoed by the whole family. Suleyman K, Hatice and Aysenul drove to Kumluca on market day (Friday), and took us along, gratis. Suleyman B drove us to the bottom of the chimaera track at night, and picked us up, gratis.
We had to depart at 05.30. We hoped for a cup of tea, but Suleyman B laid out a spread at 5am. Suleyman K does a lot of the airport driving. He drives fast and talks on the phone, Turkish style. His English is limited but his sister Aysenul and her husband Suleyman Borlu speak English and German well. We enquired and booked direct by email.
One shadow hangs over Çirali, a legal dispute with government officials on land classification. We hope Çirali will be allowed to continue its low key tourism, a rare unspoilt gem. Kıyı (pronounced roughly kuh-yuh) is one of dozens of pansiyons scattered around the village. Kıyı offers a tranquil seaside location, excellent value and a genuine welcome. For us, it was enchanting. Thank you to the whole family for our lovely memories.
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