Welcome to the second article in our series about Elmalı, Çameli and Highland Tourism.

Our first article talked about where you can stay in Elmalı, near Çameli if you’re looking for a break in a rural location. If you missed it, please click on the link below and take a few minutes to have a read.

Stone house holidays in a stunning rural, traditional location

If you would like to book a stay in one of the stone houses, please click on the link below.

Stone Houses – Elmalı, Çameli

Elmalı – life in the “slow lane”

Exploring a traditional Turkish village will reveal a completely different world.

One where you can lose yourself in the simple yet interesting traditions that have been passed down over the years. Where unspoilt beauty and peacefulness prevail, the passage of time has barely left its mark and where agriculture, trout farming and ancient methods are a way of life.

You can experience all this – and more – by spending a few days in Elmalı.

The Water Mill (Su Değirmeni)

Have you ever been in a water mill? Have you ever see grain being ground into flour by two millstones powered by water?

Elmalı has a working water mill where locals take their own grain and receive back ground meal or flour. The local family who operates the mill take payment in flour, a percentage called the “miller’s toll”.

It’s fascinating!

Take time to explore the intricate pattern of narrow streets in the village. Mountain views, fields of crops, peeping livestock, traditional farm equipment, streams, the village mosque, remains of original houses, wood piles, peppers drying, trout farms and so much more.

And best of all, warmth, friendliness, and true Turkish hospitality.

Have a look at our photo gallery for a sneak peek.

Discovering village life

Wherever you go in the village, you’re never far from running water.

Or a trout farm (alabalık çiftliği)

Time for tea (çay zamanı)

No visit is complete without çay. You can sit under a shady tree, order numerous glasses of çay and enjoy them whilst chatting with Muharrem and his family.

Or you can help yourself from the çaydanlık in the centre of the village that provides free çay for locals and visitors. The villagers take turns to provide tea and sugar and the çaydanlık is kept filled by the shop owner opposite.

That’s hospitality for you!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our tour of Elmalı village. Of course, there’s much more to see and experience so why not go along and check it out for yourself? You’ll be glad you did!


In our next article in the series, we’ll be taking a look at Çameli and things to do in the area.