Akyaka, one of the most beautiful coastal townships in Muğla, and its surroundings, are the setting for holiday resort that resembles a natural Paradise. Subtly attractive with its intimate, warm, and modest atmosphere, Akyaka is among the rare destinations where you can find entertainment blended with this tranquillity. Let’s create your custom-made list of places to go for a quiet holiday in Akyaka – we will focus on the countless untouched corners that remain natural and unspoilt. For a pleasant holiday, you have only to choose from the panoply of Akyaka hotels.
The Azmak River, a large river that crosses the border of Akyaka, is one of the first sites of natural beauty that come to mind in Akyaka. This waterway is a destination that should not be passed without mentioning and stopping by. The Azmak waters remain cool in every season, even in the heat of the summer! The river, which is one of the irresistible settings of Akyaka, descends to the sea from Sakar Mountain, lending almost an alpine atmosphere to the region, with the reeds on its banks and the visual delight of the resident ducks, swimming alongside. One of the special characteristics of this clear water is that, within the village itself, the river water mixes with the mineral waters coming up from the Akyaka coastal springs. On and in the Azmak River, where you can walk around, take a canoe or boat tour; you can even spend a pleasant dinner evening spent at tables placed in the water are among the indispensable activities of the riverside.
Küfre Bay is one of the most natural places to swim around Akyaka. The bay, which is one of the favourite stops of Akyaka tours and boats, is an area sheltered from the winds, except for the south-western corner. In general, the part of the deep sea towards the Azmak River is a little shallower than you might expect. Since the path here travels over dirt roads and can be a bit challenging, transportation by boat is more comfortable and pleasant, and highly recommended. After a great day, on the bay shore, which displays the most beautiful shades of blue during the daytime, make sure that you stay to watch the famous sunset view!
Turnalı Boncuk Bay
Turnalı Boncuk Bay, located in the Kıran Neighbourhood on the Akbük road, is just one of the untouched locales in this vicinity. The bay, which never fails to impress with its sea view, is a great spot for those who want to spend a quiet and calm day observing nature. The magnificent hues of the lush forest surrounding the clear sea offer a peaceful atmosphere to its visitors.
Turnalı is one of the must-see spots you must save time for when you come to Akyaka. In addition to the local natural and organic crops that can be sampled by plucking directly from the branch, you can also taste many traditional flavours, and stop by many magnificent places where you can experience village life.
Çınar Beach, located 3 km from the centre of Akyaka, is easily reached, as well as being one of the points that stand out with its virgin beauty. Due to the fact that the waters of the Azmak River flow directly into the sea, the locale is quite cool for swimming. At the same time, it has a shallow structure that does not deepen immediately. The shore of Çınar Beach, one of the most beautiful stops of boat tours, consists of small pebbles. While relaxing in the peaceful shade of oleander trees, you can read your book and listen to the sounds of nature.
Sakartepe Observation Terrace (Sakartepe Seyir Terası) is located on the Muğla-Marmaris road. Sakartepe, one of the famous belvederes on the Sakar Pass, offers breaths of clean air surrounded by pine forests. This wonderful stopover, which is encountered after passing through the Kızılağaç Village, is one of the most beautiful resting points for those who want to take a break from the journey. The hill features a panoramic view of the Gulf of Gökova and its surroundings from the top, which reaches an altitude of about a thousand meters. In addition to the view of the Gulf, the most beautiful places of the region such as Akyaka, Akçapınar and Azmak River are suddenly laid at your feet. If you are lucky enough to discover Sakartepe by chance, you can make note of it as a “must” among the places you should visit when you go to Akyaka.
One of the most beautiful places you can choose for canoe and boat tours around Akyaka is Akçapınar. This is a separate destination in every respect, within a 10-minute driving distance from the centre of Akyaka. The tributary of the Azmak River that extends to this area is an ideal place for canoeing. It is also very suitable for the needs of those who have no previous canoeing experience. For the canoe tour, a path is followed to the place called familiarly “the Amazon.” The narrower stream of the river here, together with the reeds in the forest, gives it an atmosphere reminiscent of the Amazon Forest. In Akçapınar Village, you can easily find addresses where you can reach everything you need for canoeing. There is a swimming break in the Amazon part of the route that continues among the reeds. The waters, which remain naturally cooler here, are also a nice escape from the sweltering heat. You can fully enjoy this natural nook by immersing yourself in the water over the tree that lies leaning towards the river. Akçapınar, which you can also consider for a boat tour, is one of the places where you can be alone with nature.
Maden Bay, which is located at a separate point in the bay from where the Public Beach and Azmak River are located, is also known as Maden Pier. Although the area is referred to as a neighbourhood, there are very few businesses around it, and it has lush surroundings that preserve its natural appearance. In addition to the option to swim around the pier in the bay, many of the hotels around the bay also have piers. The sea, fed by carbonated mineral waters, is cold and cool. When you tread water, it’s possible to feel the gradual changes in water temperature, a slight warmth showing itself underwater while the surface remains cool. Maden Bay and its surroundings, which are close to the centre but quiet spots, should definitely be in your mind when you travel to Akyaka.