Koycegiz is one of the few places in the world where you can see the famous frankincense tree (Liquid amber). Also, Koycegiz and the surrounding environment is a protected area. The town is only 35km from Dalaman airport, 60km from Marmaris and 70km from Fethiye. You can find regular buses to all parts of the country. Koycegiz’s honey, thyme and citrus fruits are very famous.
Koycegiz also houses a weekly market (every Monday). The market runs throughout the year, as Koycegiz is a working village, not just a tourist resort. Many Western Europeans have chosen to live here, both retired and those considering retiring. Koycegiz and the surrounding area has so much to offer, that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else in Turkey, so charming and utterly captivating.
DALYAN/CAUNOS: According to Herodotos, the Caunians were natives of Caria; he says, however, that the Caunians considered themselves to be of Cretan origin. Strabo reports that the city of Caunos had dockyards and a harbour that could be closed. At Caunos you can find; a Roman Theater, Stoa (Hellenistic in date), roman bath, Palaestra (probably roman in date), water reservoir, Templum in antis and Tholos (monopteros), Nymphaion Temple (built in Roman times), prostylos tetrastylos of the Corinthian order (Roman period). Pripteros with 6 by 9 columns (Roman period). All these can be visited throughout the year.
ROCK TOMBS: The tombs were carved into the top of rocky mountains surrounding the reed-edged Dalyan river. The river itself flows from koycegiz lake and meanders to the sea. The rock tombs date back to 4(th) century BC.
THE WATERFALL: Lies 1.5km North of Koycegiz on the main road to Mugla. The path following the flow of water upstream is a gentle climb taking you to the waterfall, the scenery is stunning. The lagoon and waterfall are totally natural, the lagoon is suitable for both swimming and diving. Here, the view is picture perfect, natural and completely relaxing.
AGLA PLATEAU: Is located 15km from Koycegiz. The surroundings are truly beautiful! The plateau is approximately 800m above sea level, which means the air is slightly cooler and fresh. There is cultural event called Mahya Day on Agla plateau in the 2nd week of August, on a Thursday.
RAFTING ON DALAMAN RIVER: The river lies 30km east of Koycegiz. It is suitable for water-sports and rafting tours have been organized there since 1993. A trip through unspoilt, natural valley’s is a wonderful experience.
EKINCIK BAY: Lies 40km South of Koycegiz. Here is a natural harbour for yachts and it’s one of the major resort spots of the “Blue voyage” It can be reached by car or by boat from Koycegiz.
TURTLE BEACH: Is a long, golden sandy beach (8km) This beach, which is a nature conservation area, is one of the 17 beaches along the Mediterranian; it is one of the last nesting places for the loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta Caretta) and blue crabs. ( There is a boat trip avaible everyday going to turtle beach).
INSENCE ( SIGLA ) TREE AFFORESTATION: Insence trees are very rare and in Turkey only grown in the Koycegiz region. For this reason, this species is under protection. In the world Incense trees are grown only in Koycegiz. Honduras and Sigla oil are obtained from the outer covering of the trees, called “Buhur”, this is used in medicine (antiseptic purpose), cosmetic and parfume sectors.
SULTANIYE HOT SPRING AND MUD BATHS: The second best thermal resort of the world is Sultaniye Thermal Resort and mud baths. These lie south west of Koycegiz Lake. The water is about 39C, which means it has many medical benefits.
SULTANIYE THERMAL SPRING WATER IS GOOG FOR THE FOLLOWING DISEASES AS APPROVED BY UNIVERSITY REPORTS.
2-) Skin diseases
3-) Heart and blood circulation problems
4-) Respiration system diseases
5-) Gynaecological diseases
6-) Kidney and urethra diseases
7-) Gastric and intestinal diseases
8-) Nerve, muscle fatigue and stres
10-) Eye diseases
11-) Convalescense after operation
12-) Nourishment problems
BRIEFLY KOYCEGIZ, WITH IT'S;
• Drinkable water
• Roads convenient for walking
• Sightseeing along 2km of promenade
• Swimmable lake (sewer and drainage finished)
• Beaches (hosting international beach handball tournaments participated by over 35 teams).
Koycegiz is a great place to relax any time of the year. It has not been, overrun by mass tourism and is quiet and pleasant enough to make it possible to enjoy the mediterranean coast at its best.