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EKİNCİK

                                                                      Population: 300

ekincikA road winds up into the hills and down the western shore of Lake Köyceğiz for about 26km to arrive eventually at the pretty little bay at Ekincik. Here a few fishing boats are still tied up and there are a couple of restaurants-cum-hotels at the back of the dark sand beach but most development, such as it is, has been kept back from the shore to protect it.

The one sad exception is a long half-built structure that has been standing abandoned on the sand for the last 15 years (2013) amid a familiar story involving a building company, the courts, the banks and a new, even bigger development proposal. 

A military base blocks the road that would continue round the coast to Marmaris which means that you have to backtrack to Köyceğiz to continue. 

Excursion boats from Dalyan offer trips to sea caves along the coast at Ekincik. These are not visible from the bay itself.

It's almost worth coming here for the journey alone since the road offers spectacular views out over the lake and towards Dalyan. You pass through the hamlet of Hamitköy where locals once lived in houses made from the reeds they harvested from the lakeside. Today they use them to make baskets instead.

Sleeping

On the beach itself the Ekincik Hotel & Restaurant looks fairly inviting if all you're after is somewhere quiet to relax and do nothing. A few pensions are tucked away in the Ova Mahallesi about 1.5km inland.

Transport info

There's no bus service from Köyceğiz to Ekincik and a taxi will set you back a fair amount of money. On the other hand you could make a day of it, stopping off at Sultaniye to bathe in the mudbaths and at Kaunos to explore the ruins on the way there or back.

Excursion boats from Dalyan cruise round the caves near Ekincik. Except in peak season they depart less frequently than the standard daily boat tours so you might have to gather a group togrther to make the price reasonable. 

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