HISTORICAL BAYIR VILLAGE - TURGUT VILLAGE & TURGUT WATERFALL
The group will start the trip with a 15 minute car ride from the marina to the historical Bayır Village. There will be a 10 minute break at the large plane tree of Bayır Village, which experts believe is about 1860 years old.
Local and foreign tourists believe their wishes will come true if they circle the tree three times.
After the break, the group will drive for about seven more minutes to Gülağzı region of Osmaniye Village, where the hiking trail begins.
Here the group will disembark and begin a pleasant walk through forest, following the marked trail.
After about 20 minutes, the group will take a break by a large oak tree on the edge of a hill, and continue the walk through the forest.
The walk will take approximately one hour and 15 minutes. The group will finish the walk by having a cup of coffee under the shade of the same great plane tree.
The group reach this trail by boat. From the marina, the group will reach the foot of the trail in 13 minutes with the boat Martı 8, and 45-50 minutes with the boat Zeytin. As the boat approaches the island the group will be greeted by the sight of the 1800-year-old monastery.
The group will disembark and climb a mildly steep hill to the monastery, and walk along the ancient mosaics in front, most of which are preserved, and tour the monastery.
After monastery tour, the group will begin a 30-minute hike on narrow paths towards the west side of the island. There are small bays and beaches on this side of the island and the sea is very clean and pleasant here. If desired, the group can swim.
CENNET "HEAVEN" ISLAND & NIMARA CAVE TRAIL
The Heaven Island and Nimara Cave trail begins via car from the marina. After a 35-minute ride, the group will reach Heaven Island (Cennet Adası), located in an area resembling a strait.
Here, the group will begin the walk. The walk will follow a slight incline with a view of Marmaris on a dirt road.
After a 20-minute walk on the dirt road, the group will enter the forest and walk 10 more minutes to a cave in which 12,000-year-old human remains were found.
Here the group will also see an ancient structure thought to be a temple. Several clay human figurines and coins found in the cave are now on display in Bodrum Museum.
There are large, thick stalactites inside the caves, as well as rare Jersey tiger butterflies.
To reach the Hemithea temple, the group will leave by 4x4 vehicle and travel on roads in very bad condition for 50 minutes towards the mountain. Afterwards, the group will walk up the mountain for 20 minutes towards the run-down temple. The top of the mountain has a wonderful view of the surroundings from above.
Kızkumu is a 600-meter-long and 3-meter-wide stretch of red sands located 3 kilometers from the hotel in Orhaniye Village, a gorgeous paradise of vivid green and blue, and tops the list of places to visit for domestic and foreign tourists.
The Legend of Kızkumu
According to the legend, the King of Bybassos's daughter — a beautiful princess — and a fisherman fell in love. The girl signaled the fisherman every night on the shore with a lantern and the fisherman sailed across the shore to meet her. The king found out and had his daughter followed, learning that the fisherman arrived from the sea, that his daughter waited for him on the shore and signaled her location to the fisherman with a candle. He ordered his soldiers to catch his daughter on the shore, to take the lantern, signal to the fisherman and catch him. The soldiers followed his orders. As soon as the fisherman saw the light from across the shore, he got in his boat and began to row. The girl broke free from the soldiers and began running towards the fisherman. The sea miraculously turned into shore under each of her steps. The soldiers ran after her, but because of their heavy armor they sank in the water. One of the soldiers then took out his bow and arrow. He aimed for the boy, but hit the girl instead. According to the legend, the sand turned red with her blood. The boy picked up the dead princess and disappeared in his boat. No one saw them again.
DATÇA - KNİDOS
Artifacts found on the Datça Peninsula date back to 2000 B.C. The first known civilization here was the Carians , and the golden age of the region was during the rule of Dorians. The Dorians migrated south to Greece from Thrace around 1000 B.C. and finally settled in Datça, establishing the center of their civilization, Knidos, in the Burgaz region, 1.5 kilometers northeast of Datça town center. Later overtaken by the Lydians, Knidos then came under the rule of the Persians after the Lydian State was conquered by the Persians in 546 B.C.
The peninsula was captured by the Beylik of Menteş in the 13th century, and later by the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century, when it was named Datça. During the rule of one of the last Ottoman sultans, Sultan Reşat, Datça's name was first changed to Reşadiye, and then back to Datça following the founding of the Republic. After it became a district in 1928, Datça's first town center was the Reşadiye neighborhood. The center was then moved to İskele neighborhood in1947, and has remained there since. Datça Peninsula is still noted as "Reşadiye Peninsula" on some maps. The first archaeological excavations to investigate the history of Knidos was organized between 1856-1858 by Charles Newton, who was British.
Doğan Hotel - Datça : 60 Km
The village, which is 9 kilometers to the hotel when traveling in the direction of Selimiye, develops significantly in terms of tourism every year. It is especially popular for jeep safaris. Carpet weaving is also a well-established tradition in the village. It is possible to find carpets from all corners of Turkey at the stores in the village. Visitors to the village can watch carpet weavers in action. Due to this, as well as its beach, Turgut is an interesting destination for tourists visiting the area. There are many restaurants in Turgut. Do not leave without trying the fish. Peanuts are another important product. In addition to tourism, organic agriculture, beekeeping, fishing, and animal husbandry are also important for the village's economy. Turgut Castle, built during the Kingdom of Bybassos, is among attractions.
The waterfall is located between Bayır and Turgut. You can see the signs leading to the waterfall starting at the fifth kilometer on the road going from Bayır to Turgut. After you turn off the main road, you will reach the waterfall after 200 meters. The region is a valley covered in forests and various flowers. The four-meter-high waterfall is a popular attraction for visitors, especially in the hot summer months. Its water is very cold. Visitors can swim in the small waterfall lake. There are small restaurants in the area, where visitors can taste regional dishes and trout. The surroundings are also ideal for nature walks.
Visitors can savor the exquisite sea, the sun, and the beach in Turgut.
For a different kind of day, visit carpet stores to watch carpet-weavers at work. The fish restaurants are also worth visiting. Turgut is within the borders of the ancient city of Hygassos. The area is filled with ruins.
Turgut Castle is situated on the top of a 300-meter-high hill. You can climb half the way up by car, and the rest on foot. The view from the top is amazing. The coves of Orhaniye and Hisarönü are right under your feet.
You can cool off from the heat of the summer in the cool forest around the waterfall, and take a break at the restaurants that serve regional food.
Doğan Hotel – Turgut : 9 Km
Selimiye, or Hydas village as it was known in ancient times, is a favorite destination for blue voyage boats plying between Bodrum and Marmaris. It is 16 kilometers from Orhaniye and 12 kilometers from Turgut. Selimiye is a fishing town built on the banks of an inlet with the same name. It has a small square and a modest harbor.
Up until recently, transportation was possible only by sea. Settlement areas are located along a stretch of the coastline and also outside the village. The shallow port area with a beach, just two kilometers from the village, is good for swimming.
Bozburun is a favorite destination for yachting. It is the most untouched area of the region in terms of tourism. Instead of big resorts, there are neat and small hotels. The city center is in one of the bays of Sömbeki gulf. The environment is relatively bare compared to other areas in Marmaris. It has clean guest houses and fishing restaurants.
There are many inlets in the surrounding area that can be reached by boat. The ruins of the city of Larymna lie on the top of Asar hill near Bozburun. It takes about 45 minutes to climb on the hill. There are still pieces of the city walls standing, as well as ruins of a cemetery. The only conqueror of the city was the Turkmens. The area was declared a district following the founding of the republic, and a municipality in 1992.
Doğan Hotel – Bozburun: 28 Km
Köyceğiz is a piece of heaven with its history, nature, lake, and sea. It is an incredible vacation and resting spot situated on Köyceğiz lake, which has an area of 52-square-kilometers and is surrounded by untouched citrus trees as well as Sığla tress, which are only found in this area of Turkey. There are hotels and guest houses in the center and surrounding area, with a total capacity of 850 beds. It is located at the crossroads of the Mediterranean and Aegean, between Marmaris and Fethiye, and in the middle of earthly paradises such as Sarıgerme, İztuzu, Kaunos, and Dalyan.
The population of Köyceğiz's center was 8,466 in the latest census. The surroundings of the city is a paradise with its sea, beautiful beaches, amazing lake, natural beauty, and historical heritage. Settlement began here thousands of years ago, with traces dating from 3400 B.C. Skythes, Assyrians, Ionians, Persians, Romans, the Menteş and Ottomans lived in the area.
Kaunos city,the ruins of which are located right where the lake meets the Mediterranean, was one of the most important port cities at the crossroads of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean seas around 1000 B.C. The Köyceğiz we know today developed under the rule of the Ottoman Empire.
Dogan Hotel - Köycegiz: 83 km
Dogan Hotel - Dalyan: 106 km
DALYAN – KAUNOS
Dalyan is a heaven on earth that ranks among the best preserved towns not only in Turkey but also in the world, and captivates visitors with its natural beauty. It stands out with an unparalleled and untouched nature, as well as a historical and cultural legacy, as it is home to many unusual wonders that appeal to every age and interest.
Dalyan enjoys an historical legacy that extends all the way back to the before the common era with Rock Graves, the ancient city of Kaunos, and the roman baths. Other natural wonders in the area include the İztuzu beach, Lake Köyceğiz, and the Dalyan Creek.
Miletos, who was the son of Apollo and the King of Karya, had twins. The boy was named Kaunos, and the girl Byblis. When the twins grew up, Byblis fell in love with her male twin. This love was beyond the love of siblings. However, her love was unrequited. When the king found out, he banished his son. Kaunos left with those loyal to him, and established a city under his name across from Dalyan. You may wonder what happened to Byblis. That part of the story is quite sad. Saddened by the insults directed at her and by being torn apart from her brother, Byblis cried until she could cry no more, and then committed suicide by jumping off a high rock. According the legend, the labyrinth-like canals inDalyan were formed by Byblis's tears.
According to Roman historian and poet Ovidius, the legend of the establishment of Kaunos is as follows:
Byblis fell in love with Kaunos. Byblis wrote a letter to Kaunosabout her feelings.Kaunos, however, was disgusted and angered by Byblis's feelings. Not wishing to see his twin again, Kaunos left his father's state with his loyal followers.He arrived at Kaunos and established the city under his name.Byblis decided to end her life because of her unrequited love, and jumped off a high rock. Water Nymphs pity Byblis and turned her into a river. Byblis's tears became a river, flowing endlessly. That is how the sad legend of Kaunos's establishment goes.
How to reach Kaunos:
There are three ways to reach Kaunos, located across from Dalyan. The easiest way is to cross by rowing boat from across the kings' graves. Boats owned by the women of Dalyan are docked here, waiting to take passengers across the Dalyan channel. If you choose this route, you can see the kings' graves up close when you cross the channel. You can even climb the left trail if the door is open. If you walk through the rock-cut tombs, you will reach the top entrance of Kaunos.
The second route is going by the Archeologists' House with a boat. A five-minute walk through here will lead you to the top gate.
The third way is to sail to the bottom entrance dock of Kaunos, located next to the large fishpond of Dalyan Water Products Cooperative. There are boards showing you where to go, a small store that sells food and beverages, restrooms, and a cafeteria at Kaunos. If you are tired of walking, we suggest you take a break in the shade of century-old olive trees, which are rooted in the steps of the ancient amphitheater.
Doğan Hotel – Dalyan Kaunos : 120 Km
GREEK ISLAND SYMI
The island will amaze you with desolate coves harboring monasteries, small neoclassical homes, narrow streets and taverns. With many gorgeous beaches, Symi takes visitors to the depths of history through tight pathways.
Symi Island has also hosted some episodes of the famous TV show "Yabancı Damat" ("The Foreign Son-in-law"), which garnered record-high ratings in Turkey and Greece. It offers visitors a unique vacation with its noble and untouched beauty that is different than mass tourism destinations. Symi Island is considered the most romantic of the Greek islands.
Geographically a part of the Twelve Islands, this small island with a population of approximately 2,500, is 24 nautical miles from Rhodes and only four miles from Datça. The two towns on the island are called Gialos and Chorio, or as otherwise known, Ano Symi. Gialos starts at the port and extends to the hills around it. The area leading up to the hill and the vicinity of the old Symi Castle is known collectively as Ano Symi.
You need to make a transfer from Rhodes to go to Symi from Marmaris. The whole trip takes 1.5 hours. Fast ferries leave from Datça on Thursdays and Saturdays. It takes only 20 minutes from Datça to Symi.
Go to www.simiferibotu.com for daily tours, ferry prices, and online reservations, or ask our hotel staff for information.