Driving with the dolmush: The Dolmush is a cheap hailed shared taxi that commutes in or between cities. The number of the line and its' target are displayed on the windscreen. These small busses stop at any place (just raise your hand), and you pay a fixed rate in cash to the driver. For ex. Doganbey-Izmir costs 8 TL. The drivers ae all very friendly and will try to help you. They usually know the points of interest where tourists want to go.
"The farmers market is called in Turkish ""Pazar"". The following is the schedule of them around our hotel:"
Thursdays, near the mosque. You will walk tot the main street, cross it, and turn left at the third street after the mosque. A little ahead you will be at your target.
Sundays. Ürkmez is the neighboring village to Doganbey, about 3 kms. away. The bazar is in the city centre, you can walk or take the dolmush on main street.
Saturdays. Largest bazaar around. Alacati is worth a visit in any case, it is a charming city with renovated stone houses, beautiful cafes and restaurants. 3 kms. To the south is the bay of Alacati which is one of the hot spots for windsurfers Europewide. It takes about an hour and a quarter by car, there is no dolmush connection!
OTHER EXCURSIONS ÇEŞME:
This is one of the larger international holiday destinations in Turkey. Besides its' idyllic locationa at the tip of a peninsula the main attraction are the sandy beaches. In summertime part of the Turkish jet-set spend their vacation here. It has an active nightlife and all sorts of shopping facilities.
Another peninsula a little before Cesme. You can discover pretty bays, old villages and the ruins of the antic city of Erythrai. The prettiest village is Kaynarpinar. It is a daylong excursion with a rented car, no dolmush connection.
Bustling major city with over 3 million inhabitants. Especially the old Kemeralti district is worth a visit. Here you will find endless shopping possibilities. The city is worth a visit with its beautiful plazas, the wide promenade with its firts class fish restaurants, the noble district Alsancak with its boutiques, bars and reataurants. You can take the dolmush (Ürkmez-Izmir line) on the main street which come about every 15 to 20 minutes. The last stop is at the district Ückuyular. From here it is a ew minutes drive by taxi to the bazar district Kemeralti just near the city centre.
One of the biggest points of interest in Turkey is just 50 kms away from our resort. It was one of the largest cities in its time and was the center of Artemis worship. You can ead more about the history of Ephesus under Neighborhood. There are only a few places in the world where such intact archeological reconstructions were possible. Admission fee is 20 TL and must be paid in cash, unfortunately no foreign currency is accepted. You can either take the dolmush towards Selcuk (again from the main street) and get off right in front of Ephesus or rent a car and drive towards Kusadasi. There areany signs that will direct you towards EFES.
Kusadasi is the largest holidaytown of the turkish Aegean and well known to cruiseship tourists. It is about 55 kms from our resort. In the town centre there are many shops for all your souvenir needs. At the harborside there are many cafes and restaurants with a view of the cruise ships. At sunset a visit of the pigeon island is worthwile. It can be reached by a short walk over some flat sand banks. Wednesdays is a big clothing market and Fridays a farmers market. You can take the dolmush from the main street or drive by car in about an hour.
DILEK NATIONAL PARK:
Beautiful trekking paths in between untouched nature and several antastic beaches should tempt you to a visit. The water quality is unbelievable, all beaches have small estaurants and picnic tables. The distance to the nationapark is about 75 kms, you must take a car and dirve towards Kusadasi and afterwards follow the signs Güzelcamli.