Monday, 5 July 2010

Gocek

Göcek is a small but pleasant port that resides between Dalaman and Fethiye. The main draw is tourism that revolves around the yachting industry and the marina is stuffed full of expensive yachts and power cruisers. As a result of the money this brings some of the local prices are slightly inflated, but its an nice opportunity to see how the other half lives. The shops and boutiques are of a higher quality than the normal tit-tat you would expect in a tourist destination and there is a good selection of restaurants offering both traditional Turkish dishes and western and continental meals. We particularly enjoyed eating at the Kebab Hospital Antep Sofrasi which served some of the best pide we have ever tasted at reasonable prices. Boat trips are available from the harbour including the 12 island boat tour.

Gocek has a reputation for being relaxed and is really just a nice place to chill out enjoy the food and wine and mooch around the marina drooling at the boats. It is also well known as a destination for celebrity spotting, apparently including Prince Charles. There is a beach along the eastern side of the marina but sadly this has been bought up by the Swissotel complex that reside there and is a private beach with a thirty five Euro entry fee, as you can imagine this has caused more than a little consternation among the locals who now have to travel to the nearby Gocek Island (10 TL by boat) to use the beach there. Inlice beach is a ten minute drive away on the other side of the mountain although the taxi fare is an extortionate 35 Turkish Lira better to pay the 2 Turkish lira and travel with the Dolmus.

Whilst in Göcek we stayed at the Tufan Pansiyon which was run by a very friendly family, we paid 20TL each for a very basic en-suite double with a balcony view over the harbour. Breakfast was available for an extra 5TL

1 comment:

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