Beat the heat (and the summer crowds) with a short jaunt to Kabak Koy.
Literally named “Pumpkin Cove”, this secluded beach-front valley is just forty-five minutes from downtown Fethiye. Drive southeast of town and head over the hills, passing street-covering streams, cliff-hanging village houses and bickering bunches of goats to reach a cove you would never guess could be so close to Fethiye’s commercial resorts and crowded summer streets. Park your car in the small village atop the cliffs and take a jeep-minibus down deep-rutted dirt roads to the cove below.
Local zoning laws and the long winding roads (which offer breathtaking views of Fethiye and the surrounding shores) ensure that, while Kabak Koy is no longer quite so hidden, the summer crowds are still minimal and residential development near non-existent. Join university student hippies hiking across the forests between bays, seclusion-seekers, nature-lovers and a few vacationing families in relaxing for the weekend. Splurge and indulge in a bungalow at Sea Valley Bungalows, or even bring your own tent and sleep on the beach. Stay closer the nature with a rugged wooden bungalow at Natural Life, sleep half-outside in a purple-painted tent and relax on shaded cushions in a sculpture-filled garden in Reflections Camp or Kabak Valley Camp encompassed in colorful murals a few hundred yards back from the beach, perch yourselves up on the cliffs at Shambala, PureLife Village or Olive Garden.
While the beach is superb, with aquamarine waters protected by the cove and shaded sands, the area is also connected to Butterfly Valley and other sites by a net of hiking trails along the Lycian way. If you’re feeling tight from your travels, at least once a year the area holds a yoga festival (video here, article here). Or you could just lie back and enjoy a book.
How to get there: Go south-east on the coastline road out of Fethiye, climbing up and over the hills by either private car or Fethiye-Kabak minibus. Park where the road ends at the small village atop the cliffs. By the general store there should either be a waiting minivan or people waiting for the next minivan to bring them down to the cove. Transport is 5-10 lira/person.
Prices: There is a small store by the cove and most guesthouses have restaurants. Food prices are about 20-30% more than in Fethiye, due to difficulty of transportation. Nightly accommodation prices range from 60 TL for a 2-3 person tent to 300+ lira for a deluxe bungalow.
Bring: Sunblock, a swimming suit, beach clothes, a good book and a bottle of wine.
The blogging couple at Turkey’s for Life make a yearly birthday jaunt to Kabak from their home in Fethiye. For more great recommendations, reflections and travel inspiration, check out these posts on their page:
Chakra Beach at Kabak Koy – Stay in a yurt!