Taking a break from Central America, and home, we headed off for a weekend in Akyaka. It is a good place to go late April or early May, it is before it heats up, and before the throngs descend, well, unless you go May bank holiday weekend, in which case it is very busy. Akyaka is an easy two and a half hours away along good highways so also serves as an excellent opportunity to blow the cobwebs off the bike and check that all is well post winter.
We stayed in our usual apartment hotel, a simple and comfortable place with facilities to make a breakfast of eggs, cheese, bread, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, honey and strawberries, along with copious quantities of tea. It would have been possible to cook an evening meal, but why. Part of the whole point of going to Akyaka is to partake in the local restaurants, many of which are a cut above those in other resorts. We indulged, a seafood dinner of fried squid and prawns in garlic and tomatoes along with a huge salad and mezes. Then there was slow kid, an utterly delightful kebab of aubergines and meatballs (not served in the usual way) which we went back for the following night, and slow roast lamb shank in onions and mint. Then there was ice cream, hand made goat milk ice cream, Hilary discovered the one with roast almond and honey. So yes, we ate very well.
Between indulging in food and the occasional beer by the river, we had a couple of days out, one walking in the nearby farmland and wetland. We were hoping to see bee eaters but beyond a possible long distance sighting did not. We did see a red backed shrike, egrets, storks and a glossy ibis. The second day we went to Kaunos, it’s an easy day out from Akyaka, in part along a winding road with stunning views of lake Koycegiz, but with a poor surface so we did the return via the small ferry into Dalyan.
Kaunos is a great site, one we have been to a few times. It is really well maintained and in a wonderful setting, so there is great wildlife in what feels like an archaeological park. We saw the expected rock nuthatches around the theatre, but the best wildlife is around the old harbour. Egrets, loads of tortoise, lizards – star agama mostly, and a snake, well we thought it was a snake but it turned out to be a glass snake which is actually a limbless lizard.