Marmaris Natalie's Beach Hotel
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... so I could stretch out to sleep across 4 seats. Carley will appreciate my "Mr Bean moment" when I hung my wet knickers and tee-shirt out on the tray tables to dry them off. :-)
The flight and bus connections were all very easy, so here I am now in Marmaris, Turkey. I spent all day in the Albatros Marina going over one potential boat purchase, hitch-hiked back to town at end of the day, ...
... and old Christian catacombs. There are also the old remains of a Byzantine fortress. Dominican monks live here today. Amazing! Although we did not get to see them, there are the remains of a 4th century Temple on the acropolis of Lindos and from here you can see St. Paul's Bay where he is said to have sought shelter during a storm. Down to the old city and we walked along the pebble paved streets to the Palace of the Grand Masters. This was built in the 1400s and destroyed in ...
... up to a castle at the top which like many medieval fortresses replace Greek and roman temples and reused much of the marble from the prior temples. The view of the Aegean sea from the top was amazing. The top of the castle had ancient roman rooms. You could take a donkey up to the top, but we were advised against it as some people fall off and get injured. I got a nice linen pants and almost left ...
... temporary henna tattoos which gave us a lasting memory of the day.
All in all I hugely enjoyed my time spent in Mugla. It is a small city with no tourists, however this gives you the chance to really explore the Turkish culture.
I would definitely recommend CSV; it gave me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world including Taiwan, Korea and from all over Europe.
... Marmaris. If you like somewhere quiet to relax and explore, this is the place for you! There are a couple of beaches in Datca which are great places to relax, however I would highly recommend heading slightly away from Datca on the Aegean Sea side of the peninsula where you will find some incredible hidden spots with not a soul in sight.
I would also recommend that you visit nearby Marmaris; I found that it was a bit ...