There are many places within easy reach of Fethiye that make for an enjoyable day out. Many of them will be old favorites that you will return to time and again but sometimes it’s nice to go somewhere different for a change.

Akyaka is just the place…

Akyaka is situated Between Muğla and Marmaris at the far end of the Gulf of Gökova in the district of Ula.

The first glimpse you will get is the breathtaking view of Gökova Bay as you come over the Sakar Pass, a paragliding spot where the road descends from 670m in a series of sharp curves to the intersection to Akyaka.

Akyaka - the perfect getaway
Looking down onto Gökova Bay and Akyaka. Photo Credit: kitespotsturkey.com

Backed by pine covered mountains, Akyaka is built on a hillside with roads that descend to a small grey sand beach on the river mouth.

A distinct architectural style

One of the first things you will notice in Akyaka is the distinct architectural style.

Instead of the usual high-rise hotels, there are beautiful two-storey houses, hotels and pensions, whitewashed with intricately designed modern day wooden cumbas and ornate frescoes.

Akyaka - the perfect getaway
Beautiful two-storey houses, hotels and pensions, whitewashed with intricately designed wooden detail
Akyaka - the perfect getaway
Beautiful two-storey houses, hotels and pensions, whitewashed with intricately designed wooden detail
Akyaka - the perfect getaway
A modern day version of a cumba

The architect of this style is Nail Çakırhan who first built his own house in Akyaka in the 1970’s. The house was considered a classic by its blend of Ottoman, Turkish and Aegean architecture with modern and environmental requirements. Further buildings commissioned in the same style led to architecture local to Akyaka. He received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1983, principally on the basis of his legacy in Akyaka.

Akyaka - the perfect getaway
The famous house for which Nail Çakırhan received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1983

Everything you need for a fantastic day out

Akyaka has everything you need for a fantastic day out. Relax at the beach and enjoy a swim in the shallow water.

Akyaka - the perfect getaway
The beach is well maintained and there is a cooling breeze in the afternoon everyone.
Akyaka - the perfect getaway
The beach is well maintained and there is a cooling breeze in the afternoon

Azmak is the name of the short but deep river that runs through Akyaka to meet the sea. The word “amzak” means “running wild” in Turkish and refers to a river’s strong current. Akyaka’s amzak is also referred to as “Kadın Azmak”, qualifying it with female attributes.

Akyaka - the perfect getaway
Kadın Amzak and wetlands which are a haven for wildlife
Akyaka - the perfect getaway
Boats line the riverbank

The river is deep enough for boat trips and giant freshwater fish can be seen in the clear water.

Ducks and geese can also be seen at play on the river. “Riding the current” seems to be one of their favorite pastimes.

Akyaka - the perfect getaway
Take a boat trip along the river
Akyaka - the perfect getaway
The river is a playground for ducks and geese. Seen here “riding the current”

There are plenty of places to stop for a coffee break or to enjoy a leisurely meal. Choose a restaurant by the beach, along the riverside or in the town. There’s something to suit everyone.

Akyaka - the perfect getaway
Beach dining
Akyaka - the perfect getaway
Beach dining
Akyaka - the perfect getaway
Riverside dining
Akyaka - the perfect getaway
You can choose to dine in the town at one of the many cafes

There are plenty of shops and craft stalls for the shoppers amongst you. Browse around and take home a souvenir of your visit.

Akyaka - the perfect getaway
Craft stalls line the beach
Akyaka - the perfect getaway
Pick up a unique gift. These owls (baykuş) caught our eye

If you want to combine a spot of shopping with riverside dining, visit the Olive Farm and Restaurant which can be found just outside the town on the road to the rock tombs.

Akyaka - the perfect getaway
The Olive Farm at Akyaka
Akyaka - the perfect getaway
The Olive Farm and Restaurant at Akyaka where you can combine shopping and riverside dining
Akyaka - the perfect getaway
Riverside dining at the Olive Farm and Restaurant

The Carian City of Idyma

There’s something for history lovers too. Today’s Akyaka is situated on the site where the Carian city of Idyma was founded. The settlement of Idyma extended east of today’s Akyaka up to the village of Kozlukuyu ( 3 km)  and you can still see the remains of the Acropolis and rock tombs.

Akyaka - the perfect getaway
Rock tombs at Akyaka
Akyaka - the perfect getaway
Rock tombs at Akyaka

Getting there

The driving distance between Fethiye to Akyaka is 103 km. It takes approximately 1h 30m to drive from Fethiye to Akyaka.

You can also travel by dolmuş from Fethiye Otogar. There is a dolmuş every hour and the price is currently approximately 24 TL.

We hope you enjoy your visit to Akyaka as much as we did…

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