Out of all the resorts’ stretching along the Marmaris peninsula, Selimiye is one that does not often appear in mainstream travel brochures. A haven for fans of Blue Voyage routes, the unspoiled characteristics, and laid-back life style encourage proud locals to describe it as the real face of Turkey.
Just 40km away is the bustling Marmaris centre, which yearly faces accusations of selling itself out for mass tourism. No one could ever say the same about Selimiye, which instead focused on becoming a main destination of the Turkish Riviera. The shoreline is where it all happens in this quaint village. Visitors head in via boat from the sea, searching for traditional restaurants serving authentic Aegean cuisine. More often than not, fresh fish is on the menu, served with a crunchy salad made from local produce and polished off with a sophisticated bottle of wine.
Selimiye revolves around two things, relaxation, and abandonment of modern life or exploration of a region, protected by law from becoming a concrete jungle. Those who opt for the latter should make their first port of call, the ruins of Hydas. A stone lighthouse and remains of three castles is a reminder of history, when peace and tranquillity was nothing but a dream.
Fresh produce from this area ends up in local markets, with a high demand as shoppers clamber for the almonds, figs, and sweet honey.Booking a jeep excursion tour or hiring a car enables further exploration. The high hills of Turunc are an adventure, as is the traditional village of Bozburun, famous for gullet boat production. 40km away, in the centre of Marmaris is an ancient castle, used by the Ottoman ruler Suleyman to wage war on the island of Rhodes.