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Sarigerme is a real jewel in Turkey's crown and it is to be found in south western Turkey's Mediterranean area. Nestled in a bay surrounded by pine clad mountains with its long white sandy beach, Sarigerme is becoming increasingly popular with holidaymakers.
The nearest airport to Sarigerme is Dalaman International Airport and there are several airlines flying to Dalaman from the UK including Turkish Airlines, easyJet and Thomas Cook. It takes between four and five hours flying time to get here from the UK and flight duration depends on your departure airport.
Please note UK travellers must hold a passport valid for at least three months prior to their departure to gain entry into Turkey. Transfer to the resort of Sarigerme from the airport is approximately one hour and as there are always a huge number of taxis and coaches for hire outside the airport, transfer is not a problem. Tour company representatives will meet package holidaymakers and accompany them on the transfer to their chosen destination by coach.
There is a wide range of accommodation available in Sarigerme and on the surrounding islands ranging from first class hotels to pensions and there are many apartments and villas to rent for those who prefer a self catering holiday.
Although a relatively new destination for holidaymakers, Sarigerme has a good selection of bars and restaurants available and there are also nightclubs holding discos. Traditional Turkish fare is served as well as English and Chinese food and the cocktails are delicious.
The magnificent white sandy beach is situated approximately 900 metres from Sarigerme's main street but there is free transport to take you to the beach and back again. The beach is privately run and there is a very small charge to use it which covers its maintenance and the beach facilities which include a small zoo to keep the children amused.
There are changing cabins, watersports, showers, sun beds and umbrellas and there is a dinghy service to the island of Osmaniye. The island of Babaada is also viewed from the beach and good swimmers can make their way across although there is also a boat service. The calm blue sea is idyllic and perfectly safe for both adults and children to swim in.
There are several site of interest which are close to Sarigerme and these include the Kaunos Theatre and Lycian Tombs at Dalyan, the deserted Kayakoy village is nearby which was many years ago a busy Greek community but after the war, the Greeks left and the village is referred to now as a ghost town.
Sarigerme is actually built on top of the ancient town of Physilis and as most of the new buildings were erected prior to excavation, the old town will remain buried beneath the sand but there are city walls from the Byzantine era and the remains of a church which still has two columns in tact and these are to be seen on the outskirts of the town. It is very easy to travel about in this region as there are numerous taxis or several dolmus the local Turkish mini bus available.
There is a bazaar in Sarigerme every Sunday and the bazaar is situated next to the mosque on the main street but those with serious retail therapy in mind need to hop on a dolmus to either Fethiye or Hisaronu. The shopping is excellent in both towns with an abundance of souvenir and leather shops as well as many designer wear boutiques and jewellery outlets.
Gold jewellery in Turkey is not only beautifully designed but is also very good value and you will find the jewellers most helpful. Of course you cannot visit Turkey without looking at the superb rugs and carpets which are made here and the suppliers will arrange to ship your carpet to the UK for you - imagine trying to get a Turkish rug into the overhead locker on the plane!
Haggling is a part of everyday shopping life in Turkey and you will find this bartering system very entertaining. Some of the shopkeepers and market stall holders have very comical personalities and haggling can be great fun. Fethiye also hosts a market on a weekly basis and many bargains can be haggled for on market day. Spices are also very widely available throughout the area and are another item which is very good value.
Sarigerme has everything and more for holidaymakers as it really is one of Turkey's great delights and many a visitor will return time and time again.