Daily Boat Trips
We recommend the boats that leave from Selimiye Harbour. They are well run, quiet and the captains we use understand what our villa clients are looking for on a day out at sea.
1. Private Day Boat - Private hire just for your family. It has twin decks and is a reasonably large boat (actual maximum capacity of about 30 people). Leaves from Selimiye Marina (opposite MIGROS Supermarket) at 10 - 10:30 and returns around 17:00. Those timings may vary a little depending on the time of year. A full day out, lunch included, afternoon tea and fruit, 4/5 swim stops, visit to the old Greek Monastery. Drinks are extra. Cost is approximately 1000 Lira to 1,500 lira per day, depending on time of year and size your group.
There is also a smaller private boat available, more suitable for smaller groups, of maximum 4 people.
2. Private Mini Gulet Boat - Private hire, with maximum capacity of 12 people. Beautiful wooden boat. Same timings and general day information as above. Cost around 1,000 lira to 1,750 lira per day. This boat generally books up very quickly. An excellent, quality day out. We have hired this boat ourselves on 4 occasions with friends and family.
There is a dive school based in Selimiye Harbour, called Selimiye Dalış Merkezi. I would recommend them for qualified/experienced divers who want to go out for a days diving. Prices are subject to availability and we are more than happy to make enquiries on your behalf.
The beaches in Orhaniye and Selimiye are quite small and with pebbles. The beach we recommend to all our guests is Çiftlik Beach, about a 30 minute drive from either villa. Head for Bayir Village, but turn sharp right before you get to the famous big wishing Plane Tree. Quite a large beach for this area, with a few low-key restaurants serving good lunches and cold beer. Sunbeds and umbrellas available for rent at reasonable prices. Gently sloping beach so recommended for kids also.
UÇPA Sailing School
UÇPA, in Hisaronu Village is a basic 2* hotel dedicated to sailing and windsports. Specialising in windsurfing and Hobie Cats. Main languages are Turkish and French, with a few instructors speaking English also.
This 5/6 metre waterfall is a nice place to stop on a hot day. There is a natural pool at the bottom great for a dip to cool down.Try to get there between 9-10am and you could well have the spot to yourself for awhile. After midday, the Jeep Safari's descend on the place and it gets very crowded. In the height of summer many of our guests have rated their early morning swim in the naturally cool pool as a holiday highlight.
Turgut Carpet Factory
A short drive from both villas, the factory is located on the main road just after Turgut. During the season they stock nearly 6,000 hand-made carpets for sale to suit all tastes....silk, kilim, cotton, wool, traditional styles and more modern designs.
It also has a educational part, with a demonstration on the extraction of silk thread from the silk worms. You can also view the local ladies busy at work making carpets. Some can take just a few weeks, others many years.
Previous guests who have purchased carpets talk favourably of the prices when compared with Marmaris, Istanbul etc.
Datça Town and Knidos
Datça is a 1 hour drive from the main road turn-off. While driving down the Datça Peninsula you will enjoy stunning views of both the Hisaronu Gulf on your left and the Gokova Gulf on your right. Sea on both sides!
Datça itself has a pretty harbour with plenty of restaurants. It's a popular place for all the wooden Turkish gulets to stop and re-supply in the middle of their blue cruises.
On the main road through town, just before you get to the harbour there is a collection of wonderful "lokantas" serving delicious local food. Thoroughly recommended for lunch!
Just before Datça itself there are 4 places/things of interest;
(1) Datça Old Town (Eski Datça) - A pretty collection of old village houses, B&B's and narrow cobbled streets.
(2) Olive Farm of Datça - A place to see the olive oil making process and buy various olive products.
(3) Windmills of Datça - On your right before the town. In the right light, makes a wonderful photo opportunity.
(4) The turn-off for Palamutbuku and Knidos - when heading further down the peninsula, the turn off is on your right-hand-side, before you drive into Datça Town.
The main town of the area, with a resident population of around 100,000. In the height of summer however this swells to 800,000+ with holiday makers from many nationalities (mainly British, Dutch, Scandanavian and Russian).
The harbour area beneath the small Marmaris Castle is packed with restaurants and is very full and vibrant, especially in the evening. It's a lovely walk all along the waterfront soaking up the atmosphere and nightlife - with restaurants on one side and luxury boats moored stern in on the other.
Behind the castle is the famous Bar Street area...the place to go for clubs and dancing into the wee small hours.
Shopping is another favourite, with hundreds of shops in the covered bazaar selling all manner of things, but mostly clothes, jewellery, handbags, leather goods etc.
The beach in Marmaris is long with many restaurants and their sunbathing areas. Also, a lot of watersport kiosks where you can try your hand at just about anything...waterskiing, biscuits, jetski's, paragliding etc.
Blueport Shopping Mall is a modern facility with a cinema, food hall, coffee, main stream fast-food outlets and some quality clothing stores.
From Marmaris you can also catch the fast ferry to Rhodes Island (Greece), for a same-day return excursion.