After about two and a half hours, a little way beyond Dalyan, we pulled into the small coastal town of Gokova (with a light rain falling). We immediately new that we had hit the jackpot
! A small river, passing through what appeared to be marshland entered the sea at one end of a small, completely sandy beach. A number of restaurants were spread out along the beach, mostly closed, but one centrally located open for business. We ate lunch there, then found a lovely family room at the Yecelen Hotel. This hotel is located over a large piece of land in the town, with a good part of it fronting onto the ocean. Natural springs that flow through the property have been channeled into beautifully arranged pools and channels, and the entire area had a lovely calm. After setting up at the hotel, we set off on a long hike into the forest and adjoining camp-grounds of the town. Most of the time we had a full ocean view, and the weather had cleared for us so we had incredible light and blue seas. We were in our element, and this only underscored our need to camp again.
After the walk, we bought some refreshments and hung out on the beach until it was almost dark. The kids played on the beach, digging holes in the sand and playing in the shallow, still water. Then it was off to the same restaurant for dinner.
Gokova is lovely, largely untouristed and quiet, and not yet a feature in any of the guide books. We hope it stays that way.
(Travelpod could not identify a location for Gokova, so we defaulted to Dalyan for the purposes of the map pin.)
We were up early, had the simple hotel breakfast, then set out on a lovely walk around the top of the bay. It took us through boat yards, with men (not to many) feverishly working on getting the charters and fishing boats ready for the summer. The extent of the walk took us across the bay from our hotel, and gave beautiful views of the city and the surrounding mountains - some even with some snow still present. Really beautiful views! The weather was still lovely, but there were clearly some threatening clouds appearing. After checking out from the hotel, we set out for at that time, an unclear detination. We had it in our minds that we might go all the way to Bodrum, unless something else came up along the way....