We quite regularly go to Pamucak beach. Normally, away from the three big all-inclusive hotels, it is pretty empty. We have at times been able to walk in almost complete solitude. We are not, on the whole, beach people. We have been for the walking, for the nature reserve and for tea in the café.
It is often cooler on the beach, there is a sea breeze, so today we thought it would be a good idea to head down there and jump in the sea. It seems we were not alone in this plan. It is Sunday and school holidays so there was a lot of activity on the beach. Local families, small groups, some had brought barbeques with them, and a lot of adults and children messing about in the sea. There were people selling mussels and other foods, and drinks. Despite the number of people and the vehicles parked on every inch of sand up towards the road, it didn’t feel unpleasantly crowded.
The beach café we normally make use of rents out sun loungers and, despite the crowds, we managed to obtain a pair along with a parasol at a very reasonable rate. We had been a bit concerned about what we would do with the valuables whilst in the water, but everyone was watching out for everyone else and the lady taking money for the sun loungers was extra-ordinarily eagle-eyed. She knew precisely who had paid for precisely how many sun loungers. The people in the row in front of us took our change when she brought it round and were swift to hand it to us when we came out of the sea.
We hadn’t been swimming since we left the UK and had forgotten how much fun it is, especially in the sea. The sea was warm and calm, very pleasant for swimming. The sand was soft (and hot – we should take flipflops next time!). We managed not to get sunburn. The water is a slightly odd colour – it’s very shallow and your feet stir up the sand and sea weed. We’ll go again, maybe not on a Sunday, it will be quieter midweek. Maybe take a book, not the Kindle or Sony since we worry about getting sand in them.
It will probably take a bit more practice to get things right – dressed for the motorbike and dressed for the beach are not totally compatible. Also, whilst it is cooling, we should make it work as ‘proper exericise’ (it’s far too hot for us to want to walk up the hills). At least it’s more fun than swimming lengths!