Villa Leylek - Akyaka, Turkey.
Villa Leylek is situated in the lovely village of Akyaka which boasts a large selection of restaurants, a blue flag beach and beautiful river and nature reserve. The house had three large bedrooms and a stunning roof terrace with views over the town and Aegean. We currently sleep six but can add extra beds to sleep up to eight, plus cots for smaller children. The house has air conditioned bedrooms, a TV/DVD player, fully equipped kitchen and washing machine. On the ground floor is a small back garden. We are in very easy reach of the beach, shops and restaurants. Akyaka is a 45 minute drive from Dalaman Airport and an hour from Bodrum. If you're adventurous we are within easy reach of Pamulkkale, Efesus, Izmir and Dalyan (for a mud bath!). Also within half an hour of Marmaris and Mugla for shopping, the Bazaar and watersports! Akyaka really is a perfect holiday destination for families and smaller groups and is set in one of the most stunning bays in Turkey.
One of the most dramatic and breathtaking views in western Turkey awaits the traveller who descends the 2,000 ft high Mugla plateau, along a road which weaves vertiginously down through thick forests of fragrant pine trees. Suddenly, the glistening blue water of the Gulf of Gokova far below springs into view, backed by an extensive and astonishingly fertile valley, set against the backdrop of distant hills on the far Side of the bay.
Although Akyaka has grown into a small resort in recent years, it remains a picturesque village. All construction has adhered strictly to the traditional architectural style of the region, known as Ula-Mugla. Numerous wooden balconies, intricately arranged pan-tiled roofs and delicately-carved fretwork shutters give the houses that tumble down the hillside towards the beach their distinctive appeal. The atmosphere, too, remains very Turkish, as most of the holidaymakers here come from Istanbul or Izmir and you can still sit and watch elderly women driving their flocks of goats and sheep along the streets. There are several small grocery shops, Supermarkets, a farmers market, and a wide choice of restaurants.
The narrow sandy beach shelves very gently into the sea, making it ideal for young children. Akyaka is surrounded by forestry commission land on one Side and by a conservation area on the other; thus offering superb opportunities for exploring. Akyaka's meandering little river and its delta are wonderful habitats for flora and fauna - especially birds and freshwater turtles - and humans can enjoy this natural environment too, dining in one of the pretty riverside restaurants.
Akyaka at a glance
To the rock tombs, which belonged to the ancient Carian site of Idyma, or stroll along the pretty road that winds through pinewoods along a rocky shore with coves of dazzling turquoise water
to the remarkably untouched shingle beach at Cinar which is a 50-minute walk away
Mugla, a half-hour journey by dolmus. Mugla has one of the biggest & best weekly markets for miles around, where livestock is traded alongside fruit & vegetables, herbs & spices, fruit teas, leatherwork & fabrics. Mugla is equally fascinating on non-market days when you can wnader around the streets of the bazaar with its tinsmiths, coppersmiths, barbers, tailors - & ancient hamam (Turkish bath)
Take a Gulet Cruise...
around Cleopatra's Island & Gokova Bay & a tour of traditional rural villages, carried out in small groups
There is a nearby swimming pool for your use although the sea is in walking distance and there are several stunning coves and beaches within easy reach!