The nice thing about Yakamoz is that you get the sort of holiday that YOU want. The atmosphere is congenial and you can stay by the pool, relax in the orchard or take advantage of our wonderful mountain location and go walking. You can chat a little, read a little, or even start writing that book you always knew you had in you! Some guests bring their paints and capture the majesty of Babadag or, if you catch the staff on a good day, there just might be a game of water polo!
Olu Deniz and the Fethiye area is an excellent location for many interesting activities and excursions. We can organise things on your behalf if you want us to. There will be full details at Reception when you arrive but in the meantime here is a taster….
Jeep Safari: An excellent fun day out and one of our most popular trips. Something for everyone ranging from history – Tlos and Xantos, natural beauty – Saklikent and Patara and an insight into the rural Turkey that most folks never see including a visit to a village mosque. You can drive or be driven.
Alternative Jeep Safari: As ever, on your behalf we have been seeking out new experiences for you to try and have come up with a wonderful overland jeep drive to the Girdev Plateau. This journey take you up through the local villages stopping at on of the great lakes that nestle in the mountain tops. This is an organised trip run by Ali Baba throughout the season and can be booked by reception.
Travel to the Dalyan Delta where David Bellamy created a conservation area for Great Turtles. A lovely relaxing day cruising through the waterways to the beach – have a mud bath and swim in Koygeyiz lake.
Known in Turkish as the ‘hidden city’, Saklikent is a stunning mountain gorge some 50kms from Fethiye, a narrow opening stretching an incredible 18kms into the rockface of Mount Akdag. From the park area a wooden walkway has been constructed above the icy mountain springs. If you are feeling particularly brave you can take a dip here, but otherwise the waterside cafes provide a relaxing break and a chance to enjoy the spectacular setting
The ancient city of Tlos is 40km from Fethiye. The predominant feature of Tlos is the Ottoman castle built on the summit of the hill over the remains of a Lycian fort. While climbing up to the castle the Lycia rock tombs will grab your attention. The most impressive is the tomb of Bellerephon, with a fine bas-relief of Pegasus the winged horse fighting against the three-headed monster the Chimera. Nearby are the remains of a stadium which once seated 2000 people, two bathhouses, the larger of which has 7 impressive arched doorways and a theatre.
Ephesus and Pamukkale
Visit Ephesus, one of the largest and most complete Roman Ruins in the world and then the ‘cotton castle’ mineral deposits in Pumakkale. Incredible! A 2 day tour staying overnight in a 4 star hotel
If it’s the high life you want, you can jump off Babadag and paraglide to the beach at Oludeniz or take a microlight flight over the lagoon and out towards Butterfly Valley at sunset.
Heading out from Fethiye a lovely day on a sailboat that is exclusive to Yakamoz guests – lunch included. Wonderful!
Fancy some stargazing? An evening boat trip combined with a simple but lovely meal on board, followed by stargazing on the way back. You may even see ‘Yakamoz’ (phosphorescence) on the water….
What else can you do?
Into the hills above Hisaronu affording fabulous views over the lagoon at Oludeniz. Or go to the deserted village of Kayakoy – quite extraordinary! On both trips you can play ‘spot the tortoise’ – they are all over the place!
And, if that is not enough – we have two accessible local beaches – Calis (reached by water taxi) and Olu Deniz which has a beautiful clean lagoon suitable for small children to bathe safely.
And ladies, the shopping is great! Leather, Gold and Carpet Shops all offer excellent value for money and there are local markets most days of the week – Tuesday in Fethiye is most impressive and authentically local.
To clean up your act and prepare your skin for those long days sunbathing ahead, the Hammam (Turkish Bath) in Fethiye is 400 years old and is a must for a real Turkish experience. For a modest extra charge you can also have a lovely rose oil massage.
All gents need to visit a Turkish barber – to tell you any more will spoil the experience!
And if all this excitement is too much, do what the Turks do and sit and watch the world go by on the marina in Fethiye.
We have also discovered a hidden gem out at Koycegiz – for those of you who love your gardens the Palmiye Merkezi is a must!
Not only all that – but the food is superb as well. There is much, much more to experience on your Turkish holiday – just how will you fit it all in