Private boats operate from Fethiye, Göcek and Marmaris in Skopea Limani (Göcek Bay), and if you take a week long cruise or just a day trip, please don't miss the biggest island of Tersane Adasi. Believed to have been a dockyard during the early Ottoman period, ruins are scattered around the desolate land and shallow waters of the creek. Most importantly, though, this is where you will find the most unusual local restaurant in the bay.
A precarious jetty juts out from what is essentially a farm homestead, owned by a family who keep sheep for most of the year, but during the peak tourist season open up their home as a restaurant. When you arrive a family member will take the boat's line and ask you what you would like for supper. If home-grown lamb is on offer jump at the opportunity: cooked until it falls off the bone, it melts in the mouth. Sitting under the stars in the silence (no banging beats here), will be a memory to cherish.
Tersane Adasi restaurant, Tersane Adasi, Göcek, Muğla Province
+90(0)535 459 41 73
Get there: by day trip boat, gulet cruise or private yacht charter
Google map: bit.ly/GA7hLR
Dotted around the bays and islands of Göcek Bay are a number of family-owned restaurants which flourish during the tourist season. What makes the Yat Muğla Restaurant in Boynuzbükü special is that despite the area being a yachtsman's paradise, you don't have to be on a boat to reach it. Set in the shade of a protected forest of aromatic Oriental Sweetgum (Liquidambar orientalis), and caught between two natural spring water streams, the restaurant is an idyllic place to while away a long lunch of fresh fish, salads, kebaps and köfte. Run by Ali Döndar's family in the summer (they keep sheep and fish in the winter), all the generations get involved in making the area a welcoming and relaxing place to stay. I defy your mouth not to water at the smell of home-made flat bread being cooked.
Boynuzbükü, Muğla Province
+90(0)542 634 09 75
By boat: Skopea Limani (Göcek Bay) 36°42.7′N, 28°54.4′E
By car: the bay is at the end of a gravel road from the Tersakan turning off the Dalaman -Fethiye highway.
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