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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!
This week we have another featured property in Akbuk, a smaller community benefiting from beautiful public beaches and easy access to major urban centers.
This complex is set atop the hills above Akbuk. Enjoy soft summer breezes and sweeping views of the bay; watch dusk slowly lap across the waves from your sea-side terrace. This is the perfect location for people who love being near town, but wish to be a little removed from the noise and bustle, who appreciate waking up to stunning views and love spending time out on their balconies, whether sunning and soaking up a book in the afternoon or having friends over for a full Turkish barbecue as the summer evening drips to an end.
All modern amenities and full on-site facilities ensure you’ll be in want of nothing. The site features a restaurant, convenience store, full and children pools, open terrace, and fitness center for those days you’d rather relax near home, and a free shuttle bus service to help you reach the beaches and downtown with ease. The complex consists of 4 blocks with 9 apartments each – small enough to be a real communities with neighbors you trust and know, large enough that someone is always around, even in the winter months.
The Basics: Two and three bedroom duplexes (two-story flats) available; open-plan living room and kitchen opening directly onto a balcony through sliding glass doors; high-quality construction materials with first-class interior finish; all modern fixtures; 24 hr security with CCTV; swimming pool and children’s pool; lounge terrace and public space with seaside views; on-site fitness center, restaurant, and shop; free community shuttle bus to town and the beach; in the neighborhood of Akbük, ten minutes from downtown Didim and 45 minutes from the Bodrum Airport.
These brand new apartments are both compact (easy to clean) and open to let in light and breeze from the sea. At 60 square meters, they are larger than the typical one-bedroom apartment and would be comfortable for a couple, or for shorter family stays. The apartment complex consists of 3 buildings and a total of 48 units – small enough that you’ll be familiar with your neighbors, just large enough that there will always be someone around, even in the off-season.
The Basics: 60 square meters; one bedroom, one bath, one living room and kitchen, large balcony facing the sea; all modern fixtures; gated and secured apartment complex with shop, cafe, swimming pool, children’s play area and maintenance on hand; in the neighborhood of Akbük, ten minutes from downtown Didim and 45 minutes from the Bodrum Airport.
Main Qualities: Quiet, full amenities, mid-sized modern housing complex, new apartments
Benefits of this Location: Akbük is a mere ten minute drive from downtown Didim, but offers the serenity and quiet of the country. It is a small seaside resort with the amenities of a mid-sized city due to it’s popularity as a vacation haven in summer. The community is located on a small cove, which makes it an idyllic place for swimming and water sports, even with children.
This Property As An Investment Opportunity: These apartments were completed right before the recent rise in the cost of construction materials in Turkey. Though brand new, and of high quality, they are on the market for less than apartments built several months later. That is to say, you can buy a top-notch new property for significantly less than current market rates.
Interested? See the full property description here. The complex also offers 2 BR apartments.
For more information, please contact Onur Arik at firstname.lastname@example.org