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Thanks to its fabulous position on the picturesque Turquoise Coast, Sarigerme holidays are fast becoming popular with couples and families alike.
With a long stretch of sand, terrifically turquoise waters and a charming village that boasts traditional taverns and Turkish baths, you can enjoy a diverse Turkey holiday that suits everyone. If you want to discover the lively resorts and historic sites close by then you can head up the road to Dalaman or to Kaunos where you can explore sites of ancient wonder that date back more than 3,000 years.
Things to do in Sarigerme
Just a short journey from the lively Turkish resort of Dalaman, this sleepy village was once home to the ancient city of Pisilis. Now a laid-back beach resort, there is a wealth of interesting things to do in Sarigerme. One of the resort’s greatest lures is of course, the Sarigerme beach. With its whitewashed sands, azure blue waters and rocky landscapes, it provides a great place to relax – whether on its rocky shores or on one of the many sun loungers.
Turkey is famous for its delicious cuisine, with many of Sarigerme’s restaurants offering up a myriad of great traditional dishes. Whether you are craving a taste of baklava, dough filled with chopped nuts, sugar syrup and spices, or you’d like to sample an authentic doner; you’re in the right place. For everything from traditional English breakfasts to Turkish pizza, pay a visit to the Sarigerme Restaurant. This family-friendly eatery is ideal for those looking for fuss-free delicious food with old-fashioned hospitality. While for great traditional fare, such as Turkish breads and humus, Paradise Restaurant is definitely worth a visit.
While it remains a laid-back resort, there are still many things to do in Sarigerme for anyone seeking adventure. Unsurprisingly, activities are mainly focused around the beach – with a variety of water sports on offer for keen adrenaline junkies. Due to the area’s constant breeze, Sarigerme is a prime spot for kiteboarding, with a kite centre on the beach offering lessons for beginners. Pay a visit to the bustling beach front and you’ll find a great selection of water sports, including parasailing, windsurfing, water skiing, jet skiing and sailing boats for hire.
There are some great family-friendly Sarigerme attractions for those holidaying with little ones. If you fancy a break from the beach, take a Family Sunsplash Cruise along Turkey’s coast, enjoying fresh sea breezes and hazy mountains, pebbled beaches and hidden sandy coves. If you’re feeling brave, there are some great opportunities for snorkelling when the boat drops anchor – allowing yourself and the kids to take a refreshing dip or take a closer look at the vibrant marine life beneath the surface.
Its ancient city status ensures that there are some fascinating things to do in Sarigerme for history buffs. A short drive will take you to the ancient port of Kaunos – a huge archaeological site with ruined baths, fountains and a striking amphitheatre. Here, you can also catch a glimpse of one of the region’s most interesting landmarks in the form of temple-like tombs carved into the rock face. Venture further afield and you’ll find the beautiful resort of Dalyan. Along the Dalyan river is home to the iconic mud pools, packed with minerals and rumoured to have healing powers. Plunge yourself in, cake yourself in mud and relax in the sizzling sunshine before rinsing off in the thermal springs – an unforgettable experience for your holiday.
The constant breeze found in this region makes it perfect for its annual Kite Festival – one of the top Sarigerme attractions. This family-friendly event is marked on the first day of May and is an ideal opportunity to kick back and relax with a picnic while you watch the kaleidoscopic colours of kites overtaking the sky. If you are holidaying with little ones, they’ll love the Children’s Day festival that takes place each year. Puppet shows, musical performances, singing and dance displays take place across the region to commemorate the first gathering of the Turkish parliament. A national holiday in Turkey, be aware that many government offices, schools and banks are closed on this day and public transport routes can often be disrupted in aid of extravagant street performances.
Whether you're after a chilled-out beach holiday or a jam-packed getaway that's filled with action and adventure, look no further than Sarigerme. Soak up the vibrant Turkish culture and spend time in the small but bustling village that backs onto the beach, enjoy lazy afternoons on the sandy shore or indulge in some spa therapy and take advantage of the Turkish baths and world-class spas on hand. You'll also find a whole host of historic sites sprinkled throughout the region, so jump in a car and take a scenic drive through the beautiful Turkish landscape.
If you want to soak up the sun then Sarigerme is the perfect place to be. Kick back and relax on the gorgeously idyllic beach and enjoy a slice of relaxation. As the beach is part of the National Park you will need to pay a small entrance fee but can enjoy modern amenities right on the shore including a small zoo, showering facilities and a sweet little picnic area to stop in the shade for lunch. Kite surfers will adore Sarigerme as the conditions here are perfect for taking to the waves. To add extra depth to the fabulous beach in Sarigerme you should also be aware that the ancient city of Physilis is said to be buried beneath the sands.
Sarigerme is ideally located to discover all the local sights and sounds that this area of Turkey has to offer. You will be blown away by the ancient ruins to be found in Kaunos, where you can discover ancient baths, temples and a highly impressive amphitheatre. Up the road you will also find Dalyan boasting mud baths and the chance to see fresh water turtles in their natural habitat. With Marmaris only a short distance away you can also indulge in plenty of shopping and fine dining.
Please note that Irish Passport holders arriving in Turkey from 10 April 2014 need to obtain an e-visa online before travel. You can apply for your e-visa on www.evisa.gov.tr.