Sarsala Koyu: Another Dalaman Secret

There are always new places to discover in this area of Turkey! A few days ago, we asked a question on our Turkey’s For Life Facebook page: Which is your favourite beach in Turkey? Many people who use the page either holiday in Southwest Turkey or they live here so most of the answers centred around Ölüdeniz and environs.

The great thing about these questions is that we learn a lot because people can add their own suggestions to the poll and one beach in particular had been added that was soon racking up the votes. And we noticed this mysterious beach ticking up in numbers. How curious. Well, our curiosity soon got the better of us and we asked where it was. Near Dalaman Airport, came the reply.

Previously only known for its airport, Dalaman is slowly revealing its (spectacular) true colours to the world and it’s a whole new area of Turkey that has opened up for us. Through word of mouth, we’ve already set off to explore the Secret Valley and Akkaya Garden Restaurant. This time, we had three hours to wait for our friends to land at the airport and so, on the recommendation of people on the Facebook page – ‘you must see this beach’ – we set off in search of Sarsala Koyu.

Dalaman Airport From The Sarsala Road

Dalaman airport viewed from the mountain track to Sarsala Koyu

At the second attempt, we found the right road and were soon switching between first and second gear in the car as we dodged boulders while climbing the dusty, rubble-filled mountain track. Almost immediately, we could see Dalaman Airport behind us, in the distance – we never realised before that it was in an area of such natural beauty – and turquoise lakes, directly below.

Thankfully, we had been forewarned that the road wasn’t fantastic so we were prepared for our slow progress. Look out for the views once you get to the top, we were told. And that was the bit we were most excited about…

View Over Sarsala Bay Near Dalaman Airport

They weren’t exaggerating when they said we must see the view from the top of the road! Worth the effort

And it was a ‘WOW!’ moment. ‘And we thought Dalaman was just an airport,’ said Barry, as we stood on the edge of the road, me taking too many photos and Barry with hands on hips, gazing out over the sea towards Mendos and Babadağ (1) in the distance.

Eventually, we tore ourselves away from the view – well, we didn’t have all day to idle around, unfortunately – and made the slippery, winding descent to Sarsala Beach. We’d been told there was a reasonably priced snack bar there and we both had rumbling tummies.

Snack Bar On Sarsala Beach Near Dalaman

A simple snack bar selling good, simple food

We lunched on a home made köfte half bread – a bargain at 4 lira – and ayran while watching a few Turkish families enjoying picnics and swimming in the calm waters of the bay. I can think of worse ways to pass three hours while waiting for a plane to land.

Sarsala Koyu – Useful Info

  • Sarsala Koyu is usually signposted to the left, along the main road just before the entrance to Dalaman airport. Major roadworks mean the sign isn’t there at the moment but it’s the last-but-one turn-off before you get to the police check at the airport entrance.
  • Give yourself around 40 minutes to get to the beach from the turn-off. The road isn’t too good and progress is slow in places.
  • We were charged 1.50 Lira each at the entrance to the beach which included our parking.
  • Amazingly, the little snack bar has a varied menu and is well priced.
  • There are a few plastic sunbeds on the beach, available for an extra fee.

(1) Babadağ means Father Mountain. Those who go paragliding in Ölüdeniz take off from the summit of Babadağ before landing on Belcekiz Beach.

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Comments

  1. Beautiful picture. Looks like we are all discovering these hidden places of pure beauty!

  2. @ Natalie: Yeah, it must be this weather, making us all go out to explore. This place is beautiful but as with most places, the view from above is more spectacular.

  3. Looks like the wild driving was well worth it – that view!

  4. Beautiful! Not how I pictured Turkey at all. I have many German friends that insist on going to Turkey every couple of years for vacation since there are so many places to explore and you can get some good deals from Germany.

  5. Great views! I’m always surprised by how hilly/mountainous Turkey is. For some reason, I keep wanting it to be flat, but it never is. =)

  6. wow, looks like a great spot!!

  7. @ Belinda: Decent isn’t it?! 🙂

    @ Laurel: Yeah, we know loads of German people who come over here all the time. You should join them! 🙂

    @ Joy: No, never flat, unless you head to the Anatolian plains. I prefer hills to flat. 🙂

    @ Paul: Perfect spot. Still love Gemiler though. 🙂

  8. Such a beautiful paradise!! 🙂

    I just moved recently. The telephone engineer is coming to install my internet connection on the 11 July 2011. Still a long time to go….

  9. @ London Caller: We seem to keep stumbling across paradise! 🙂 Hope you get sorted with your internet connection soon. 11 July is a VERY long time to wait! 🙁

  10. The view from the top is amazing! Looks almost tropical 🙂

  11. @ Corinne: A lot of places in this part of Turkey have a tropical feel about them. It felt tropical when we sailed down the Dalaman river.

  12. Hey – Does anyone know if you can get a taxi from Dalaman airport to this place and how much it should cost? I’m to meet some folks there arriving by boat in a few days. If have info, please email me at bphubbard (at) gmail.com.

    Thanks

  13. @ Ben: Yes you will be able to get a taxi from Dalaman airport to here but it wouldn’t be cheap for the simple reason that taxis are not cheap in this area of Turkey. At a wild guess, we’d say around 70-80 Turkish lira, one way. (About 45 USD or 30 GBP)

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