10 Non-Touristy Experiences in Muğla, Turkey

Mazı | © Feride Yalav-Heckeroth
Mazı | © Feride Yalav-Heckeroth

Most people like to fly directly to Muğla’s major cities such as Bodrum, Marmaris, or Fethiye and check into an all-inclusive resort. However, the province has so much to discover that’s much more exciting than sharing a beach with thousands of other visitors. Check out the following amazing experiences, which up until now were reserved for locals.

Walking the Carian Trail

Much like the Lycian Trail, the Carian Trail is a marked 820-kilometer (590.5-mile) pathway that allows hikers to explore Turkey’s southwestern corner, including Muğla and Aydın. Due to the fact that the trail runs through many lesser-known regions as well as ancient ruins belonging to the Carian civilization, this is an excellent experience devoid entirely of trite tourism.

Carian Trail, Turkey

Staying at a boutique hotel in Bozburun

One of Marmaris’ hidden towns where the construction of large resorts is thankfully forbidden, Bozburun is a real find for those who prefer non-touristy experiences. Stay at a boutique hotel such as Dionysos to bask in nature’s beauty far removed from the mammoth resorts.

Bozburun, Muğla, Turkey

Spending a weekend in Selimiye

Another one of Marmaris’ hidden towns, Selimiye exudes a very Greek influence in its blue and white taverns by the sea, perfectly complemented by the many bougainvillea bushes everywhere. Take some much needed time off at one of the small beaches and enjoy the serenity of being in a non-tourist location.

Selimiye, Muğla, Turkey

Discovering the Mazı village near Bodrum

Bodrum may be a tourist haven, but far away from the city center is where you can discover the eight coves of the Mazı village, which are not only gorgeous but also hidden away. One of the favorites is Kisebükü, with its turquoise waters, pebble beach, and adjoining pine forest.

Mazı Köyü, Muğla, Turkey

Eating lunch at Halil’in Yeri in Akyaka

Akyaka is one of Muğla’s hidden towns that has remained a secret among locals and domestic tourists. Located right by the iridescent stream under the shade of trees is Hilmi’nin Yeri, which serves excellent meze and fresh fish, including to a few tables that are right in the water.

Akyaka, Muğla, Turkey