Having collected our hire car the previous evening, the four of us -
me, Glen, Maria and Karen - set off reasonably early at about 8.30 in
the morning from our apartment in Turunç. We dropped down into Içmeler
and, just before the market, turned left at the wonderfully-named 'Mona
Titti' restaurant onto the back road which leads on to the Bozburun
peninsula. This road is a lovely drive and is well-known for crossing
tortoises so you need to drive with care!
Taking this route, rather than the main road out of Marmaris to Datça
means that you pass the amazing outdoor restaurant of Asparan. Of
course, we didn't pass - but stopped in for one of their famous Turkish
breakfasts. Still incredible value at 10TL per person, this is a
'must-visit' for us whenever we're in the area. It is a leisurely
experience, not to be rushed, and sets you up for the rest of the day.
From Asparan, it's just a short drive to the main road and then an
easy drive along to the turning left which takes you on to the Bozburun
peninsula. We drove along past
and passed the wonderful views of
the Marti Marina and 'Girl's Beach'. We didn't stop on this occasion
but did pull in to take the mandatory pictures of the sand bar.
On we drove past
and the turning to
Here the road drops down onto one of my all-time favourite views of the
gulf - it always reminds me of a Norwegian fiord - in the sun of
course. We were heading for the beautiful village of
This is a gorgeous little place - very upmarket and beautifully cared
for with lots of expensive yachts, classy shops and restaurants. We
called in for a coffee at our favourite - Paprika - and the girls did
some browsing and shopping. However, if you do visit - it's worth
getting behind the facade of the shore front to the real village - much
more Turkish and less manicured.
Leaving Selimiye we headed towards
and, after about 1Km, turned left on a little-known mountain road. I
only found out about this the previous week when our friends Jobey and
Lea had taken us out for the day. It's like time stood still - very
basic agriculture, no houses and at the top of the mountain, an
astonishing watering pool where cows, sheep, goats come to drink - and
who knows what else! This road then intersects the Bayir-Sögüt road and
here we turned right and headed towards the sea.
is a gem of a village, right at the end of the road it almost feels like
the end of the world. You approach the village in a big
horseshoe-shaped valley. The road goes downhill through the typical
Turkish village to an unspoilt little harbour. It is very quiet and so
relaxing. We sat for seemingly ages at the very classy Yacht Club just
taking in the views and listening to the splash of the waves and the
clanking of yacht rigging. We'll definitely come back and spend a whole
day here. Before we left, since the girls had been very good - I
treated us all to ice-creams!
We then backtracked a little and headed to my favourite inland
village of Bayir. The approach is breathtaking - down through pine
trees into the bowl of a valley where the village sits. Some more
shopping, a walk round the fertility tree for Kaz, drinks on the terrace
looking out into the valley and then it was time to head for home. It's
a quick run back into Turunç and we were home after a long but really
enjoyable day at about 5pm.
There are loads of variations on our circular tour - we missed out
for example, and never did manage to get a swim in - but it's an easy
drive and one we'd all heartily recommend!