Last Updated on December 31, 2021
How it is like?
Being an old fisherman village, Akyaka has steadily grown to accommodate holidaymakers, but has somehow still kept it’s relaxed and charming atmosphere of the lovely village it once was.
It has a superb location nestled in between rolling pine forested hills and mountains, crystal clear waters like an aquarium, excellent beaches and the unique Ula architecture showcasing extraordinary roof features at the Akyaka houses. Akyaka also hosts one of the best forest campsites in Turkey.
Situated along the coast of one of the best beaches in Turkey, the idyllic village of Akyaka has a very impressive panorama with the forest area, hills, the stunning landscape along the Gulf of Gokova and the beautiful Azmak River.
The sea has all variations of the blue colour. The hills behind Akyaka are covered with pine trees. Akyaka is also the member of the International Slow City Association (Cittaslow) since 2010.
Top Things to Do & See
the Azmak River, canoeing, kayaking, boat trips along the river
Azmak River is an impressive river that looks like a natural aquarium and has protected wetlands where you may experience wild flamingos, ducks, turtles, dragonflies and kingfishers. The 2,5 km. long Azmak River has outstanding natural beauties. A must see place in Akyaka.
You may spend a great day out along Azmak River by canoeing, kayaking or taking a riverboat trip along the river. It will be like you are in the Amazons. Boat trips along the Azmak River mostly take about 30 mins. and you may enjoy the natural beauties of the region.
There are also variety of lovely restaurants along the river that you may enjoy your breakfast or have your dinner at the traditional fish restaurants set on the river and taste fresh fish of the region.
Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
The Gulf of Gokova along Akyaka, the Akcapinar beach, is one of the best kitesurfing destinations in the world. A paradise for kitesurfing lovers. You may experience and enjoy kitesurf or paddle surf in Akyaka.
There is also a kitesurf school that you may take kiteboarding and kitesurfing lessons and learn this water activity faster and safer.
Cycling & Hiking
You may explore the beautiful landscape and natural beauties by cycling or hiking along the impressive tracks and trails of Akyaka from pristine, untouched and luscious forests to achieve breath-taking views of the pine-forested hills and mountains.
The Sakartepe hill, located just behind Akyaka offers stunning views of Akyaka and Gulf of Gokova from about 900 metres altitude.
Forest Camping in Akyaka
You may experience and enjoy your Akyaka holidays by camping in the outstanding nature of Akyaka, along the beautiful coastline and pine forests.
There is a forest campsite in Akyaka for camping lovers. The forest campsite has all the necessary stuff for your camping such as electricity, WC, market and more…
Cleopatra Island & Beach
Cleopatra Island & Cleopatra Beach, also known as Sedir Island (Cedrae), is located about 22 km. on the southwest of Akyaka and can be accessed from the Camli port.
Cleopatra Island is famous with its golden sandy beach known as Cleopatra Beach and the ancient city of Cedrae ruins. There is an interesting beach on the small bay on the northwest of the island where it is believed that Cleopatra used to swim here.
Beaches in Akyaka
If you’re looking for fine sands and beaches to relax on while you take in the natural beauties on your Turkey holidays, the Akyaka beach and Cinar beach is exactly what you’re looking for.
Akyaka beach is a beautiful blue flagged beach of Akyaka. One of the best places in Akyaka for swimming and sunbathing. Also being an urban beach, the Akyaka beach is golden sandy and shallow one that the shallowness goes for about 200 metres.
The sea is always crystal clear. There are variety of lovely restaurants and cafes at the Akyaka beach front. Entrance to the Akyaka beach is free of charge but you need to pay for sunbed and umbrellas.
Cinar beach is a also beautiful beach along Akyaka, situated on a small cove, about 3 km. from Akyaka within a 45 mins walk.
The beach is very beautiful and has coloured pebbles. Access to Cinar beach is easy that you may walk or take a boat/midibus to get to Cinar beach.
Akcapinar beach, located nearby Akyaka, is one of the best kitesurfing destinations in the world. A paradise for kitesurfing lovers.
Akbuk Cove and beach
Akbuk cove is a very beautiful cove located about 24 km from Akyaka. The cove is also a popular place for yachts mooring.
There is a beautiful beach, several restaurants, camping facility, apart hotels and pensions at the Akbuk cove.
What to Eat?
You may experience and enjoy the Mediterranean cuisine, authentic Turkish cuisine and the authentic flavour of the sea at the popular restaurants and cafes in Akyaka. Traditional mezes with yogurt, aubergine, pepper, tomato and olive, fresh green beans and seafood are the popular traditional dishes in Akyaka. The Azmak riverside and Akyaka sea promenade are the popular spots for great eating out in Akyaka.
Nightlife in Akyaka
The nightlife in Akyaka is serene and can placate even the most highly-strung, so most of the tourists here are those looking for peace and quiet. However, if you’re looking for an intense nightlife around, central Marmaris, which is packed with nightclubs, is only about 30 km. away from Akyaka.
Where to Stay?
We recommend you make your hotel search and book online via the world’s biggest online hotel booking websites. You can get really good discounts and find the best prices with a match.
- Trivago Akyaka Hotels (Trivago claims that they guarantee the best price with their price matching system)
- Agoda Akyaka Hotels (Agoda claims that if you find the same hotel cheaper elsewhere, they will refund the difference)
How to Get There?
Akyaka is situated about 71 km. from Dalaman airport and 31,2 km. from central Marmaris.
You can easily find buses operating hourly to Akyaka from Dalaman airport. It takes about 1 hour to get to Akyaka from Dalaman airport.
Airport Transfers to/from Akyaka
If you are a group or a family with kids or having lots of luggage with you, than we highly recommend you private transfers. The Havas airport shuttles will bring you to at the Intercity Bus Terminal of Marmaris and you’ll need to take a taxi from there again. Private transfers will drive you just to the entrance of your hotel.
As for private shuttle transfers, we highly recommend Tranigo (a Turkish company operating since 1996, and partnered with renowned names like Hertz, Thrifty, Budget, and many reliable and efficient local suppliers) as we recently booked with them had a great trip to our hotel.
It offers low-priced, fixed rate private shuttles that include meet-and-greet airport pickups and luggage assistance. Their large selection of comfortable taxis, minivans, luxurious cars and 6-19+ passenger minibuses can match any need while ensuring quick and safe travels to and from Dalaman airport (DLM).