Turkey is a truly stunning country with a beautiful coastline that stretches for 8000km and it would be fairly difficult especially along the Aegean or Mediterranean coast not to find your own idea of Utopia. The well known resorts are busy during the summer months packed with tourists and holiday home owners and to some degree that must be accepted by people who live there year round.
However, if you want to relocate to somewhere that isn’t packed with tourists and holiday makers, there is one lovely little spot along the Aegean called Akbuk. This delightful small fishing village has a nice blend of traditional and charming features that just work. The large bay nestles the golden sandy beaches and the shallow waters of the clear pale blue Aegean Sea are ideal for families as small children can play safely at the beach. If you’re looking for a home from home where you can relax and chill without the hustle and bustle of most seaside resorts you need to take a look at Akbuk.
There is a small expat community who live in Akbuk along with Turkish families who have lived here for generations and wealthy Turks who live in Istanbul and Ankara have holiday homes here too. Its laid back appeal is what draws people to this area. A couple of hotels have sprung up but again its not groups of young girls or boys who holiday here as nightlife is very low key and calm. There are no nightclubs or rowdy bars to be found in Akbuk, there are Turkish restaurants serving authentic cuisine and Mediterranean styled up market eateries that offer a range of delicious food set in lovely surroundings with jazz or mellow music playing in the background, my favourite has to be Esinti which means Breeze in Turkish. This classy restaurant sets the scene for a wonderful evening out. The food is amazing, the ambience is relaxing and the cocktails are sublime, if ever you are passing go in and ask for a Lynchburg Lemonade – it is a cocktail so don’t order one for the children!
Traditional Turkish dancing is seen on occasions celebrating a marriage or birthday which tends to be a community affair. During the summer months some of the restaurants have live music a couple of times a week which ranges from romantic Turkish music brought to life by guitars to professional singers singing a range of jazz or soul. In some restaurants after diners have finished eating the music is sometimes up tempo and everyone is invited to dance the night away to classic tunes.
The beaches are a magnet here as they are safe and very pretty with a backdrop of pine forests and olive groves. In some areas on the beach families shelter from the midday sun taking shade under the palm trees and enjoy a picnic on the beach which makes for the ideal lazy day out. Cool down with an ice cold beer at my favourite bar right on the beach its called Liberties, the sunsets from here are spectacular and this is the place to come for pre dinner drinks and nightcaps. Actually it’s also great for lunch and a cheeky little glass of wine in the afternoon to watch the world go by.
The small marina is where the fishermen go out daily and bring back their catch so as you can imagine all the restaurants serve up fresh locally caught seafood. There are also some very nice boats and yachts moored here. If you fancy a relaxing boat trip there are several that are happy to take you out exploring the surrounding bays with lunch thrown in.
The only hustle and bustle you will see is at the local Friday market which is a hive of activity in the summer. You can buy all your fresh fruit and veg, clothes, trinkets and souvenirs, leather goods such as bags and belts, wallets and purses. All the shops you need are found in the village including well stocked supermarkets and chemists, a Doctors surgery and a small cottage hospital. There isn’t a bank but you can exchange money easily and there are plenty of cash machines.
Akbuk is ideal for those of us who want a quality of lifestyle in the sun in peaceful surroundings. You can dip in and out of a city life by travelling just an hour up the road to Bodrum or Kusadasi and Bodrum International Airport is a mere 50 minutes from Akbuk over the mountain road. How do I know so much about Akbuk – I live in this lovely village!