Birds, turtles, sand and water...

Trip Start Jul 13, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Aegean Coast,
Friday, October 23, 2009

Getting to Koycegiz was a bit of a logistical nightmare, (I think from Selcuk - it was three buses!!) but I got there in the end. I stayed in a guesthouse that was recommended to me from the guys I stayed with in Selcuk and it paled in comparision - but possibly because I was only one of two people staying there. The owner was a slightly strange man and he had an 'assistant' who can only be described as Manuel from faulty towers - only he got everything right, he did all the cooking (he was a bloody good cook!!)...
Koycegiz is a small village/town set on a lake - on the west coast of Turkey, inland from the Aegean Sea, famed for it's bird-watching and thermal baths.
I took a day-long boat tour the next morning (I unusually woke early, but that was more of a direct result of the clocks going back and no-one telling me til the next morning over breakfast!)... When the boat departed from Koycegiz I was the only person on it - aside from the driver/captain and his mother (who was also the cook; the waitress and a better skilled sailor/navigator than her son who on the way back, slept at the back of the boat while she steered!!). I was on my own for an hour as we sailed out west to the mud baths and I was abandoned for an hour to go and explore.

You had to pay to enter the mud baths, even if you didn't go in and I have to admit (at the risk of sounding a snob - after visiting the blue lagoon (Iceland) there was no way I getting in the water/mud here!! It was hard to distinguish where the actual 'natural healing' spring started and where it was just stagnant water/mud... There was a heated pool to the side and people were 'quite literally' being hosed down before they were allowed to get in (various pool attendants took turns at holding the hose!!)...
When I returned the boat, we had been joined by an organised tour and a lunch of chicken curry (that famous Turkish cuisine!!) was served, whilst we sailed around we passed a couple of hidden Kings tombs carved into the cliff face walls before reaching turtle beach... Unfortunately we were too late in the season to see the females come up and lay their eggs or the hatchlings - but the beach was beautiful, clean white sand and hardly anyone on it.. On the way back to the boat, I joined the tour group as we scouted around the pier looking for turtles that had been spotted earlier in the day... 

 Sadly no turtles, but a lot of birdwatching, including tiny little blue kingfishers, that looked like little kookaburras that had been dyed blue...
I came back to my hostel late in the evening to find that all the prices on the dinner menu had been increased from the night before!! cheeky bastards... Needless to say - I had no reason to stay here another night...
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