Beaches in the Gemile Peninsula
Our guests at Gökce Gemile have perhaps Turkey’s most perfect location to enjoy to themselves with its dazzling secret secluded bay and coves. However, alternatives for exploration in the region abound.
Around 10 minutes’ drive south of Kaya village is Gemile Beach. The attractive, shingle shore is lapped by gentle waves and backed by pine trees, which provide cool relief at the height of the day’s sun. There’s a makeshift car park under the pomegranate trees and a rustic lokanata serving Gozleme straight from the griddle. It has a low-key vibe typified by families splashing in the cooling shallow waters in between taking a picnic lunch under the carob trees. From the shore there are clear views across the shimmering water to St Nicholas’ Island.
For those who get restless on the beach there are several small boats moored at Gemile offering trips across to the adjacent St Nicholas Island. Only accessible by boat, it has vestiges of several eras including Seventh Century rock tombs, a Byzantine Monastery, Roman remains, a ruined hamlet and indications of several destroyed churches with an impressive processional tunnel. Archaeologists have intimated that the island might be the original location of St Nicholas’s tomb, the original Father Christmas, before it was moved to its current resting place in Myra. From the summit are views towards Olu Deniz, Baba Dag mountain, Kidrak and Kabak beaches and butterfly valley – all of which are easily accessible by car:
Two miles south-west of Fethiye is the famous lagoon at Ölü Deniz, Turkey’s most photographed beach, famous for its spit and Blue Lagoon. The startling turquoise lagoon waters are beautiful if busy and while the main beach is free of charge, the lagoon beach has an entrance fee.
Alternatively, take a 5-minute drive or 30-minute stroll along the coastal road from Ölü Deniz to Kidrak beach – emerging from the pine trees you will find it relatively peaceful even in the height of summer.
The glorious coastal road continues, climbing into the mountains. Dramatically located been overarching cliffs below the village of Faralya, the beach is best accessed from the sea.
Finally the road ends at the achingly beautiful Kabak Bay - wonderfully remote and located below The Lycian Way trail, beyond Faralya. It can reached by boat, kayak or by road.