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Akyaka is just 45 minutes from Dalaman Airport, but still not well known in the UK. The town sits within the Gokova Specially Protected Area, known for its rich flora and fauna, and modern development is strictly controlled, resulting in a pretty town filled with buildings in the traditional 'Mugla' style of architecture, with distinctive octagonal shapes and hand-carved wooden balconies.
The town is one of nine in Turkey to have gained CittaSlow accreditation, ensuring that the quality of life of residents of Akyaka is protected, including its environment, traditions and history, meaning that visitors find a way of life that has remained relatively unchanged for hundreds of years. Local fishermen mend their nets in the harbour, families enjoy the long sandy beach and clear waters, and small boats chug along the Azmak River, through the idyllic countryside of fields and pine forests, sheltered by the mountains.
Stay at the Azmakhan Deluxe hotel; overlooking the river, the 42 room hotel will have an outdoor pool with sea views, plus a children's pool and plenty of sunbathing terraces, there will also be a Turkish bath, sauna and fitness room. The owners also run one of Akyaka's best known restaurants, Halil'in Yeri (Halil's Place), which is set right on the river, making for a memorable and atmospheric dining experience.
HOW: Anatolian Sky Holidays (www.anatoliansky.co.uk 0844 273 3586) can offer seven nights at the Azmakhan Deluxe in July from £763 per person, based on departure on 20th July. The price is based on two adults sharing and includes return flights from London Gatwick to Dalaman, transfers and accommodation on bed and breakfast basis.
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