Welcome to Akyaka

At the mouth of the Azmak river, Akyaka was the second town in Turkey to join the Cittaslow (Slow City) movement and has resisted unsightly development, with half-timbered houses built and restored in 'Ula-Muğla' Ottoman style by the late architect Nail Çakırhan. Confusingly, Akyaka is sometimes also called Gökova, which is an older township located several kilometres inland.

The road from Muğla crosses the Sakar Pass (Sakar Geçidi; 670m), offering breathtaking views of the sea.

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$35.65 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Marmaris to Akyaka and Cleopatra Island Full-Day Cruise Tour

Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel at approximately 8am when you will be transferred to the red convertible coach. After about 25 minutes on the road, stop at the Eucalyptus Forest for about 10 minutes for refreshments and a photo break.Then visit the small fishing village of Akyaka. Stop at Azmak River for about 30 minutes, where you can swim or just relax next to the river and listen to the frogs and birds. After this short break, transfer to your boat to explore the beautiful Gökova Bay.Stop at Cleopatra Island, famous for its unique sand, for approximately 2 hours. You will have the chance to swim in the beautiful waters and learn about the history of the ruins and the sand on the island from your tour guide.Continue on to Zeytinlik Bay for a short lunch break before continuing on to Incekum National Park for a 1-hour swimming break. Move on to the fascinating views of Blue Lagoon for approximately 45 minutes of swimming. Lastly, visit Rabbit Island to see the many free-running rabbits and a final swim break in underwater caves for about 30 minutes.Transfer back to Akyaka and your red convertible coach for your return to Marmaris, where you will arrive back at your hotel at approximately 7:30pm.

$74.91 Shore Excursions

Marmaris Private Shore Excursion: Traditional Turkish Villages

When your ship moors in Marmaris, meet your private guide at the port and board your private, air-conditioned minivan. Then, absorb the country views on your way to Akyaka, a pretty fishing town on the Gulf of Gökova.After roughly 30 minutes, arrive and enjoy ample time in this seaside town where life has hardly changed for centuries. Tucked between pine-coated hills, the Gulf and the Azmak River, Akyaka is built in the traditional style of the Muğla province, with pine-timbered octagonal houses adorned with hand-carved balconies framing the streets.Admire the mountain vistas, mingle with the locals, and pass shops, restaurants and coffee houses where old men play tavla (backgammon). Check out the ornate balconies and octagonal shapes of the houses as your guide explains how new buildings in the village are required to adhere to the style.Perhaps visit a local market, watch fishermen mending their nets on the beach, and road-test Akyaka’s growing foodie reputation. Head for the fish restaurants along the Azmak for lunch (own expense) to enjoy everything from delicious homemade meze to succulent fresh fish such as sea bass and red mullet.After around 3 hours, head through forested mountains to the quaint village of Gökçe, famed for its orange groves. Stop for refreshments (own expense) and watch village life unfold before driving to Icmeler Bay, a resort area known for its natural springs.Drive through Icmeler and stop at Pamucak to capture the spectacular sea and mountain views on your camera. Then, return to Marmaris where your trip ends with a drop-off at the cruise port.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to Marmaris cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.