Milas – Muğla – Turkey

GPS : 37°01’47.4″N 28°06’37.5″E / 37.029827, 28.110424

Akbük located at the Yerkesik-Gökova fork in the road, Akbük is a magnificent bay wedged between the Kıran Mountains, which rise sharply from the sea, and an emerald green peninsula poking out into the Mediterranean. This amazing bay, which harbors a number of tiny coves, is one of the main stops for Blue Cruise boats and yacht tourism. Akbük is included in the heritage conservation programme.

Akbük is the right in the middle of famous Kıran Winds. The eastern shores are called as Kıran Shore. When you stay here in summer, pay attention to the mountains especially upon northerly winds. At night, when the weather becomes dry, humidity drops, the mountains become visible and clouds move towards south, on seeing this take your anchor immediately and swift to the north. ease as much as possible and take a line ashore.

This area of the coast is studded with little beaches and hidey-hole bays. Boat trips leave from the harbour to ferret them out. Closer to hand, the town beach is a long belt of sand with rocky outcrops. Some parts of it are hush-hush quiet with a thick backdrop of trees, others are bright with parasols and bordered by a paved promenade.

The coves along the western part are shallows. The cove at the entry behind Akbük Point, affords adequate sheltering. Akbük Limanı indents to the west on the northern part of Point Akbük. The peninsula is densily wooded by pine trees. Boats drop anchor in 10 – 15 meters by the end. Akbük provides adequate sheltering from west and northwest blowing winds. It is open to south and south east. Take a line ashore.

This is a large cove that stretches inland for 8 kilometres. The sea near of the coast is fairly shallow. As there is a fair bit of breeze it is not easy for Blue Cruise boats or daily tour vessels to anchor. Pine trees behind, densely cover the shores and slopes. Tripper boats give break here. A stream by the beach side between reeds and trees joints the sea.

There are two piers of the restaurants. Moorings are tailed on jetties. Water, electricity and wireless connections are available. Some provisions are found in the markets of the restaurants.

A small number of hotels, bed and breakfasts and restaurants serve travelers on the bay just 10 km from Ören.

A rough path goes in to the forest and reaches to Yerkesik 35 Km, Ören 25 Km and Akyaka 25 km.

Ancient sites
Akbük puts you within striking distance of ancient sites that hark back to the glory days of Greece and Rome. The closest is the crumbling Temple of Apollo in Didim, where roofless columns reach up to the heavens. It’s 30 minutes’ drive away. Meanwhile, history buffs will have a field day mooching around the ancient city of Ephesus, 74 kilometres north. It doesn’t take much imagination to picture the life of the residents a few millennia back after walking their marble pavements and sitting among the remains of their temples and theatres.

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Milas, Muğla Province, Turkey

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