Location & FAQs

Location of Villa:

Villa Kotare is situated in Dalyan, part of the Turquoise Coast of Turkey.

The nearest airport is Dalaman International, a 25 minute journey away.  Transport can be arranged from the airport as car hire is not necessary when staying at our villa.  If you wish any help with transfers or car hire please let us know and we can assist.

 


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What are the local amenities like?:

Villa Kotare is situated on the outer edge of town, and is a 5-10 minute walk to local shops and restaurants.  Dalyan itself is a quiet town which has a selection of local cafes and restaurants, plus a weekly market on a Saturday – ideal for supplies and gifts.  It is ideal for families and couples looking to get away from it all – there are no rowdy nightclubs in the town, instead visitors enjoy the many riverside cafe’s and bars in evenings.

Also in the centre of town is a water taxi port where you can catch the boats for trips on the lake or to the beach, it is inexpensive and allows fantastic views of the rock tombs on the way to the beach.  Alternatively a small local ‘dolmus’ bus can be used to get to the beach – they leave frequently from the centre of town (near the Turtle fountain roundabout).

If you wish to venture out of town the ports of Gocek and Fethiye have a larger choice of restaurants and shops, plus you can depart for the infamous ‘Blue Cruises’ on a Gulet from Gocek or Fethiye.

Can you help with Transfers?

Our managing agents ‘Kaunos Tours’ offer a transfer service from and to the airport, this is their  website  – you can either book direct or ask us to arrange when booking  and we will be happy to assist.

What is the weather like? Does it get too hot in Summer?:

Dalyan is one of the most southern parts of Europe, benefiting from year round sunshine, interspersed with heavy downpours in Winter.  This rain helps to keep the area so green compared to so many other drier/dustier parts of Turkey.  December temperatures can be in the high teens or low 20s, however it can get a touch of frost at nightime.

If you are a fan of hot sun – the months of June-September are the hottest months, with April, May and October being perfectly pleasant and often warm enough  to swim. Thankfully the location of the villa is quite unique in that a cool breeze arrives every afternoon in the height of summer meaning it never gets ‘too hot’.  Plus the shaded veranda is perfect for relaxing in the heat of the day.

November-March are the wettest months of the year, however being on the Mediterranean you can enjoy very pleasant sunny days.  Rarely a jacket is needed in these months (unless you get caught in one of the spectacular thunderstorms!).  The area really is one of the most pleasant climates in the world.

What about the Internet?

A free service is generally available at the villa however not to be relied on as the service can be sporadic – the location is rural and often service is down.  If internet is a must during your holiday, we recommend the purchase of a dongle during your stay from Vodafone or TTnet stores in town, this can then be used as a hotspot for other devices as required.  It is an inexpensive method to connect when the service is down or unavailable.

What about Mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes do like the area, being surrounded by a  large lake and river, however due to the location of Villa Kotare, we are away from the river so mosquitoes have not been a huge problem (they are quite vicious if you are near the river so spray before venturing there!).  The villa also has fly screens on the doors and windows to avoid the pesky critters getting inside!

What about food & supermarkets?

If you are a foodie like us, you will be spoiled for choice of fantastic fresh locally grown ingredients.  The local market every Saturday sells everything you need to make Mediterranean dishes from Artichokes to Zucchini – you will find every seasonal fruit and vegetable, plus spices, local pressed olive oil, fresh breads and local pine honey.   There are also fishmongers and butchers in town, alongside several small supermarkets which stock essentials – all within walking distance or a hop on the bike from our Villa.   The local fish served is usually sea bream or sea bass, however you might find squid, octopus or snapper if the fishermen have been lucky – sadly the Mediterranean is becoming ever more depleted so most local fish is now farmed.

If you prefer to leave the hard work to professionals, there are several local restaurants – most restaurants sell similar foods and specialize in grilled/BBQ’d meat and fish with tomato/parsley/onion/pepper salads.  You can also sample Kofte (spicy lamb meatballs) or if you prefer vegetarian food you will be in heaven – from the infamous stuffed aubergine/eggplant dish ‘Imam Biyaldi’ which translates to Imam fainted (in delight!) to dips and stuffed vegetables. Turks love to stuff vegetables (forget about ‘life’s too short to stuff a mushroom’ – here it most certainly is not!).

If you like to immerse yourself in local culture – make sure you go for Sunday breakfast and experience the delights of traditional village breakfasts from one of the local village cafe’s on the road to the beach – they serve a banquet of delights including local cheese, the freshest of cucumber & tomato, flat breads, sweet sesame (like nutella), honey & boiled (or fried) eggs.  It is served with plenty of black Turkish tea or freshly squeezed pomegranate or orange juice.

We could go on… you will find a list of our favourite restaurants and some of our favourite recipes to cook in the Villa welcome information when you stay.

Why can’t you stay on the beach after dark?

Dalyan is in a conservation area due to the diverse wildlife in the area and we encourage you when you stay to help ensure it stays that way.  The Iztuzu beach (main beach) is a nesting site for loggerhead turtles who come every summer to breed.  Therefore when you visit the beach, and if you stay until 7.30/8pm you may be asked to leave as all visitors have to vacate the beach before dusk to prevent any harm to the turtles and their habitat.

If you would like more information about the hard work of locals to ensure the area remains protected and safe for Turtles visit this site http://www.dalyanturtles.com

 

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