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Selimiye is one of the charming traditional fishing villages found in Turkey and it is situated along the Marmaris peninsula on the southern side of Turkey's Mediterranean coast. This is certainly the place to spend your holiday to soak up the local atmosphere and just relax and totally unwind in this idyllic spot which has a backdrop of pine clad mountains and where the ruins of a fort stand overlooking the clear blue sea.
There are two airports serving visitors to Selimiye. Dalaman International Airport is 135 kilometres away from the resort whilst Antalya International Airport is a 65 kilometre drive. All the major airlines fly to both airports including easyJet, Turkish Airlines and Thomas Cook and actual flight duration from the UK to Turkey varies between four and five hours depending on which area of the UK you are travelling from. One important point to remember is that Turkey requires all UK visitors to its shores to hold a passport valid for at least three months before they travel.
Transfer from Dalaman International Airport will take a couple of hours and wise travellers will negotiate with both taxi and coach drivers to agree a fare before the journey commences. The transfer time from Antalya International Airport is approximately just over an hour. Holidaymakers taking package tours will be welcomed at either airport by a representative from their tour operator and they will be accompanied by this representative to Selimiye.
Selimiye is a resort which gives the impression of being frozen in time as the only sounds you will actually hear in the village are those of the men carrying out their crafts in the village boatyard and the call to prayer from the small mosque which is centrally located in the village. Fishermen can be seen on the pebble beach mending their fishing nets after landing their daily catches of seafood and fresh fish. Hotels and bed and breakfast pensions are quite sparse in the village and you will definitely not bump into hordes of tourists in this idyllic spot.
There are several restaurants situated along the seafront and they are renowned for their delicious cuisine, especially the fresh seafood dishes. The bars are very friendly and spending some time sipping a cool refreshing drink whilst watching the fishermen at work is a very pleasant way to pass the time, however, this tranquil place is not for the party animals seeking clubs to revel the night away in.
Marmaris is 42 kilometres from Selimiye and is the place to visit for very vibrant nightlife as here you will find lively bars where even the staff will dance on the bar to really join in the fun and games. There are discos and night clubs open until the very early hours and you will even find restaurants staying open to entice the late night revellers to join them for a drink and some food on their way back to their accommodations.
Selimiye is very well known for its almond trees and pine honey and amongst the beautiful areas surrounding the village you will find such herbs as oregano and sage. This rural area is really unspoilt and illustrates traditional Turkey and during your stay here, you will probably run into herds of goats or catch local farmers riding their donkeys. Selimiye certainly illustrates the traditional Turkish way of life and really does teach you how to slow down and relax.
There are boat trips that can be taken along the beautiful outline of the coast and these often moor at a secluded spot to enable visitors to take a refreshing swim in the clear Aegean Sea whilst a wonderful barbecue lunch is being prepared by the crew. This is another very enjoyable way to slow down some more and relax, relax, relax.
There are some shopping facilities available in the village but serious shopaholics should head for Marmaris with its plethora of colourful bazaars and markets. Leather goods shops, ceramics and souvenir shops line the streets of busy Marmaris together with boutiques offering designer wear and jewellery outlets galore.
The gold jewellery found in Turkey is very good value and you will be amazed at the unusual and attractive designs which are available. The art of haggling is practised in Marmaris and you will find it adds a degree of fun to your shopping trip as you barter with the shopkeeper or market stall holder to gain an advantageous price for the items you are interested in.Selimiye is a beautiful area to visit as it nestles below pine clad mountains with picturesque scenery and it is certainly an ideal place to really relax, soak up the sunshine and recharge your batteries.