Continued from Part one. We head set off from the restaurant and small winding roads lead us to a beach. Upon first glance, I assumed it was like any other beach in Turkey. My swimming costume was underneath my shorts and t-shirt so I simply took them off and went straight into the water.
I was very pleasantly surprised, there was no stones just pure sand, the water was see through and very cool. I can not remember ever swimming for as long as I did and in my opinion this beach is the best in Turkey.
Akbuk and Bozbuk
Begrudging I got out of the water as I knew it would soon be time to set off again. The driver told me this was the Bozbuk area, I will definitely make my way back to this beach again.
I was quite surprised that in the height of the tourist season, it was not packed but it is miles away from many houses and hotels. Backing onto the beach is a small traditional restaurant where I grabbed a quick drink before we all climbed back into the Jeep. I was quite sorry to leave that beach and could have stayed there all day.
Another water fight occurred between us which was gladly welcomed by everyone. It was now late afternoon and the sun was bearing down on us. After a short while we pulled up at the Meandres restaurant to have lunch.
I choose meatballs which turned out not to be that impressive however this was a basic restaurant and one that did not give off any airs and graces. Our table was by the waterside and every time we threw bread into the water, hundreds of small fishes would be there feeding hungrily.
After lunch I hoped that we had completed a majority of the trip as I honestly felt like it was time for a siesta!. We traveled further into the mountains and I sensed that everyone else felt the same as nobody seemed that interested in having a water fight with the other Jeep. A short while later, we were back in Altinkum and dropped off at our accommodation.
It was an excellent day however I am suffering today. My knees got sun burnt even with factor 50. I hope to be better tomorrow as we are hiring a car and heading to the Turkish Village of Sirince.
Anyway, be sure to do a Jeep safari when you are in Turkey and from my experience yesterday, here are my hints and tips to having a good day.
1 – My hat kept flying off so I couldn’t wear it. At the end of the day, my hair was in knots and I had to lather it in conditioner. Either wear an elasticated hat or invest in a lot of conditioner.
2 – Every stop on the way was the old style Turkish toilets. Basically a hole in the ground. Be ready to use them as there will probably not be any western toilets at the stops on a Jeep safari.
3 – Put your swimming costume on under your shorts and t-shirts before you leave. There will not be any facilities to change.
4 – The water fights definitely made the day. Ask any potential Jeep safari provider if they run the same way, and if they do, buy your water pumps the day before from a market. If you are a large family then you will save a lot of money.
5 – Definitely do not forget the sun cream and remember to drink lots of water to prevent dehydration.