Köyceğiz, Mediterranean Turkey

Last Updated on September 8, 2022

The small town of Köycegiz is a quiet refuge set on a broad, placid lake. The ambience here is unlike that of any other Turkish Mediterranean tourist town.

Perhaps it's so placid because it's nowhere near a Mediterranean beach. The lake is the source of the Dalyan Çayı (Dalyan Creek) which runs through nearby Dalyan to the south, past the ruins of ancient Caunos, through the fishing weirs, and into the Mediterranean(map).

There's not much to do in Köycegiz (kuy-JEH-yeez) except stroll along the lakeshore, have tea in a cafe, browse the market (which is what the occasional bus- or boatload of tourists does) and perhaps enjoy a bit of music in one of the few small bars at night.

The big thrill—such as it is—is having a mudbath at the Sultaniye Kaplıcaları (hot springs), 30 km (19 miles) by road to the southwest, or a short boatride across the lake. Boats will also take you south to Dalyan, Caunos, and Iztuzu Beach, should you want to use quiet Köycegiz as your base.

Buses run frequently between Köyceğiz and Marmaris and Fethiye, and minibus dolmuses run frequently to Marmaris, Ortaca (change to a Dalyan minibus), Dalaman(with its airport) and Muğla.

Maps of Köycegiz & Mediterranean Turkey

Distances & Travel Times

Bodrum:173 km (108 miles) W, 3.5 hours

Dalaman:34 km (21 miles) NW, 45 minutes

Dalyan:24 km (15 miles) NE, 35 minutes

Fethiye:95 km (59 miles) SE, 1.75 hours

Kas:205 km (127 miles) SE, 3.75 hours

Marmaris:75 km (47 miles) SW, 1.25 hours

Mugla:65 km (40 miles) NW, 1.5 hours

Maps of Köycegiz & Mediterranean Turkey

Mediterranean Turkey

Where to Go

Dalyan Creek, just south of Köycegiz.


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