Discover the best Western Maramaris beaches, some only accessible by water.


Çiftlik is a lovely little village which is located in a beautiful lagoon. The sea is crystal clear, and the beach is very suitable for long and pleasant sun-baths. Nature is so amazing in Çiftlik. There are many pine trees around the bay and the combination of blue and green in Çiftlik is really worth seeing.

Ciftlic Bay

Çiftlik Bay is alive all day long. There are many activities to do but if you have a limited time here, the first thing you should do is just lie on the amazing beach, have a sun-bath, go for swimming and enjoy the sun.

If you have more time for the activities, for example, if you are going to stay in Çiftlik for more than 1 day, then you can try diving. Scuba diving is very popular in Çiftlik. The rocky nature of the bay is very suitable for diving and you can observe the underwater fauna. For diving also the Gebekse Bay (Locals Say “Gebe Kilise”) is very famous and it is very close to Çiftlik. If you have already discovered the underwater world in Çiftlik and looking for other places around, then Gebekse is the right place for you. Also, you can see the ruins of an ancient church in Gebekse and take some nice photos.

What are the Popular Restaurants in Çiftlik?

Hayalim Cafe Beach, Rafet Baba, Deniz Restaurant Cafe, Azmak, Mehmet Place Restaurant are the most popular places to eat in Çiftlik. They are all located just next to the beach. So, you can have your lunch or dinner with the beautiful view of Çiftlik Bay.


Bozukkale is a superb yachting anchorage known for its peaceful, sheltered harbour and exceptionally clean water. The bay is home to some of the largest Sea Turtles we’ve ever seen, and it’s not uncommon to spot dolphins along this stretch of the Carian coast. Located around 35km (by boat) from the coastal resort towns of Marmaris and Datça, it is a little too far for visits by daily boat tours, so Bozukkale retains a quiet and pristine atmosphere throughout the season.

Bozukkale was home of the Loryma civilisation 4500 years ago. It is possible to hike 1000 feet to the Loryma fortress, which majestically overlooks the surrounding land and sea approaches. There are no roads to Bozukkale.

The lack of electricity, limited wi-fi connectivity, and peaceful atmosphere makes Bozukkale an ideal spot to disconnect from the pressures of everyday life, and simply enjoy the here and now

Buzukkale Lagoon
The view from the Loryma Fortress approaches


The harbour we moor

The variety of restaurants in Bozburun is another one of its essential attraction. So much so, that even celebrities have publicly admitted their love for the delicious food and outstanding customer service.


Söğüt (sur-EWT), near Bursa to the south of Turkey’s Sea of Marmara, was the birthplace of the Ottoman Empire. The founding Ottoman is buried here.

Unlike the country’s major tourist destinations Antalya, Bodrum, Cappadocia, Istanbul, Izmir, Konya, Trabzon and others, this picturesque little settlement of the midwest Bilecik province was never on the radar of foreign or local tourists until, as locals say, it was “resurrected” from a bygone era.


Selimiye became one of the most popular places around Marmaris in the last couple of years. It is a lovely fishing village and despite the big tourist groups and crowd in the summer, Selimiye still preserves its natural beauty. Nowadays, it is possible to see many pictures from Selimiye on social media. It is one of the favorite places for bloggers Instagram influencers. This is also why it became so popular.

Selimiye is one of the most beautiful places that you can enjoy the Aegean sea. You can have long relaxing sun-baths, go for snorkeling or swim for hours. Nature serves all of its beauties in Selimiye.

What To Eat in Selimiye?

Losta desserts are very famous in Selimiye. All the desserts in Losta are made from goat milk. Losta patisserie is a place where you can taste traditional desserts. Especially Rodos baklava is amazing and you should definitely try. Also, ice creams are very delicious.

Paprika is one of the popular cafes in the village. A lovely couple manages this place with the help of their son. There are some special desserts and they have very delicious lemonade with strawberries.

Since Selimiye is a fisherman’s village, you should also eat fish in here. Sardunya restaurant is famous for its fresh fishes. There are also many other restaurants next to the beach that you can try different mezes and traditional tastes. Bülent’s Place is famous for its special meze types. Also, don’t forget to try traditional Turkish drink raki in one of those places. Raki and meze or raki and fish are the perfect combinations. At first taste of raki may be strange for you but you will probably like it at the end.

If you like Turkish pide, then Mavi Pide is a great option. They have many different types of delicious pides that you can enjoy.

Have you heard about mantı? It is another traditional Turkish food and Badem Mantı is the best place to try it in Selimiye. For lunch or dinner, you can try mantı.

Datça Peninsula

The spindly, 50-mile-long Datça peninsula in Turkey’s Muğla province is a dagger of pure green at the meeting point of the Aegean and the Mediterranean, and is as unsullied as south-west Turkey gets. The ancient Greeks believed Datça to have been created personally by Zeus, so gorgeous are its rocky outcrops and aquamarine waters. The geographer Strabo apparently said:

God sent his beloved creatures to Datça for them to live longer.

Although this backwater peninsula is wedged between moneyed Bodrum to the north, and overdeveloped Marmaris to the south, bad road access and its distance from airports have left it unspoilt.

There’s a dearth of fancy restaurants in Datça.

Fevzi’s Place, Datça town
A simple fish taverna in the harbour run by the friendly, jolly Fevzi who presides over its alfresco blue-and-white tables. The main fish dishes are prefaced by meze.

Culinarium, Datça town
A modern, alfresco restaurant overlooking the harbour run by Turkish-German pair Faruk and Ulrike, who use local ingredients to create mainly European dishes – perfect steaks, saffron ravioli, stuffed courgette flowers and homemade ice-cream.

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