A refreshing change from boisterous Bodrum to the west and maddening Marmaris to the south, the laid-back village of Akyaka (White Shore) lies tucked between pine-clad mountains and a grey-sand beach at the far end of the Gulf of Gökova. It’s especially popular with well-heeled Turkish tourists from İstanbul and İzmir.
At the mouth of the Azmak river, Akyaka was the second town in Turkey to join the Cittaslow (Slow City) movement and has resisted unsightly development, with half-timbered houses built and restored in ‘Ula-Muğla’ Ottoman style by the late architect Nail Çakırhan. Confusingly, Akyaka is sometimes also called Gökova, which is an older township located several kilometres inland.
The road from Muğla crosses the Sakar Pass (Sakar Geçidi; 670m), offering breathtaking views of the sea