An Escape To Akyaka – The Slow Pace Of Life In Muğla Province

Akyaka, on Turkey's southern Aegean coast, is a real jewel of a town. We stumbled across it years ago, intending to visit for the day but ending up camping overnight in a rented tent on the forest campsite. Since then, we'd been full of good intentions to return. It took until the summer of 2018 to … [Read more...]

Villa Yonca, Akyaka – Comfort And Tradition On A Weekend Away

It was the month of July and at home in Fethiye, we were in the midst of a heatwave on top of the usual summer heat. Time to get out of town for a couple of nights to a place not too far away. A place where we'd been in the past and loved - and where we knew that whilst it would still be hot, it … [Read more...]

Fora Apart Hotel, Datça – ‘Wow’ Views And Spacious Rooms

Sometimes, you just get lucky! Very lucky, for us, on this occasion. A proper wow moment as we stepped out onto the balcony of our little apartment at Fora Apart Hotel in Datça. We'd just had three great nights in springtime Bodrum and made the leisurely ferry journey to our next destination. If … [Read more...]

Discovering Datça – 3 Days & 2 Nights In A Small Town

After three nights in the town of Bodrum and the good fortune of finding the Bodrum Datça ferry running on the day we wanted to travel, we arrived in Datça town. The plan was to stay for one night, just to spend a bit of time in the actual town rather than around the peninsula. We extended that stay … [Read more...]

Bodrum To Datça By Ferry – Slow Travelling Aegean-Style

If you read this blog a lot, you'll know most of our travels around Turkey are done via public transport of the non-flying variety. Getting around is so easy. We've used Muğla mini buses, smaller buses to Antalya, the intercity bus from Fethiye to Istanbul and other cities. We've used the high speed … [Read more...]

Bodrum Through Our Eyes – Why We Love Our Visits Here

Bodrum - it carries with it a bit of baggage. Bodrum has a reputation. A party town. A summer town. But, do you know what; Bodrum centre - and other places on the peninsula, too, for that matter - is neither of those for us. Over the years, because of visits with Turkish friends or being in town … [Read more...]

A Journey Through The Ancient Ruins Of Ephesus

The day before, we'd clambered around the travertines of Pamukkale and explored the haunting ruins of Hierapolis. After a good night's sleep and a breakfast to set us up for the day, we once again hit the road for the short 2 hour drive towards Selçuk. And, first stop for the day, the magnificent … [Read more...]

Hierapolis Of Phrygia – A Fascinating Ancient World Of Possibles And Maybes

The more we visit ancient sites, the more we realise we need to keep returning. Twice we've been to Hierapolis, and, after doing research for this article, I'm very keen for us to get back there and hunt out all the little details I've come across online. Those finer details that you miss as you … [Read more...]

Return To Pamukkale – Turkey’s Cotton Castle

The world famous Pamukkale travertines; it's been a funny old relationship we've had with one of Turkey's tourism poster sights. Back in 2004, we did an independent trip to Ephesus, staying in the town of Selçuk for a couple of nights. Well, you don't miss the opportunity to follow the well trodden … [Read more...]

Lunching On Eel At Çeri Restaurant – Lake Bafa Nature Park

We were on a road trip around the southwest corner of Turkey. Having left the pretty town of Selçuk, we decided to head back to Fethiye via the longer route mainly because we wanted to witness Lake Bafa for ourselves. It was never going to be a long stay around the lake - just a pass by - so this … [Read more...]