A pristine village near Marmaris…
It takes 45 minutes to get to Selimiye by a minibus from Marmaris, which runs only on certain hours. The road is very curvy after the first 20mins of the drive, and it takes you through other villages by the seaside. The village is located on a very protected cove that opens out to hisarönü bay, and from where it is, you can’t see the open sea, so it kind of looks like its a lake. When it gets dark and there is no moon to shine a light on your evening, the view is pitch black, the sea, the mountains and the sky are so black you can’t tell them apart. only, once in a while, you can see the lights of a car coming to the village. The first ever time I’ve been there, I was shocked at how quiet and peaceful it was, as I was coming from İstanbul. Now it’s a place of relaxation and and a cause to drift apart from my life in the city.
There are restaurants, motels and hotels by the seaside. The most remarkable one is called Sardunya, which is run by a local, has good food and good service. People come from great distances to eat there, even the roads that take you to Selimiye are long, curvy, and could be tiresome. So some people prefer to sail there. The sea is mostly calm and clear. Also lots of fish that you can see without even going in the water, fishing and tourism is how the people make their living in this village.
The settlement is mostly by the seaside, as it rapidly becomes steep to form into hills. There are historical ruins all over the area left over from the Hellenistic ages, if you are willing to take a hike, we learned from the people, that there are around 4 castles in the area. Or if you want a different route, you can take the mountain road to the nearby village of Bozburun on the southern side of the peninsula. The road first takes you through the houses to a little forest as it gets steeper.. There is a fountain under a big plane tree on the way, where you can rest and refill your flask. From here on it is very interesting to see the terraces all over the land, sets to prevent erosion and helps the soil to hold more water, providing a bit of land for cultivation.
When you reach the top you see more of the terraced hills and flocks of sheep and goats. The plateau is the feeding ground for both villages animals. If you aim for a little more higher ground, you will be able to see past Hisaronu Bay and Datça Peninsula, all the way to Gokova Bay. The land is spread beneath your feet like a map of the area.