Discover Mugla and peaceful slow towns
Akyaka, which is one of the most popular cittaslow members, is the best kept secret of Gokova Bay with its green mountains, crystalline sea water and elegant houses that preserve old Mugla architecture.
Akyaka in the South Aegean part of Turkey was designated a slow city by the Cittaslow International in 2011. Declared as the Environmental Protection Area in 1988, Akyaka deserves to be a slow city. The town is a great destination for those seeking to enjoy a calm and relaxing holiday. If you plan to come to this peaceful cittaslow town, get ready to see paradise.
Akyaka is the perfect place for those in search of complete peace. Here, there is no noise, no blasting music, and no irritatingly street vendors.
A beautiful pine forest flows right down to a sandy beach, where the sea stays shallow for hundreds of meters. Nearby there are the Gokova Plain and wetlands, where some of the last European fish otters live and where you can sometimes spot herons, flamingoes and pelicans.
The history of Akyaka goes back to ancient times. A Carian city by the name of Idyma was founded in antiquity in this region which was known as Opposite Rhodes, and the rock tombs at the entrance to Akyaka date to that period. The town was a small fishing village until the 1970s, discovered by artists from the big cities.
Akyaka almost on the shore is an authentic Aegean beauty with its red roofed wooden houses, flower gardens and motorized fishing boats. The charming houses of Akyaka that exist in harmony with nature are one of the most important features of Akyaka, which make feel yourself in the land of a fairy tale.
Akcapinar Beach near the cittaslow town of Akyaka, is one of Turkey's best spots for kitesurfing. The water at this beach, where kitesurfing buffs from around the world congregate, is shallow and the wind is high.
When mentioning Akyaka, one of the first beauties that comes to mind is the Azmak River. This river has always been a source of life for its environs. Today, it hosts many kinds of creatures in its cold waters. The best way to enjoy this natural wonder is in boat tours, lasting approx 30 minutes, where you can take photos and appreciate the river’s beauties up close. Another option is to stop at various restaurants along the river which offer meals throughout the day. These restaurants serves mainly seafood.