Selimiye – A Slice of Heaven

Normally I’m too busy trying to make sense of the things I see, do and experience in Turkey, to write about places. However, I’ve just returned from a wonderful holiday in Selimiye, in the Marmaris region of Turkey, and I couldn’t resist putting pen, and photos, to paper.

Well beyond the pink and white assault of English and Russian tourists flooding into the city of Marmaris every day, a hot, slightly bumpy 50 minute dolmuş ride through the Marmaris peninsula of Hisarönü brings you to Selimiye. Set in an enormous bay surrounded by rolling mountains, this sleepy little town is a hidden gem.

IMG_8503IMG_8532My time in Selimiye reminded me of childhood holidays where all we did was eat and sleep and swim. Our hotel was set at the start of the road leading into town, in an area bounded by the sea on one side and olive groves and mountains on the other. Largely favoured by Turkish families, Selimhan Hotel has an English speaking staff headed by the more than capable Kerem. Our stay was perfect. We booked a standard room which had plenty of room for two people. Larger families could rent one of the stone houses scattered around the grounds.

IMG_8524We slept soundly every night and when the sun appeared over the mountains I could hear the crowing of roosters and the bleating of goats. Every morning we ate breakfast by the pool.

IMG_8525I’d seen pictures of it on the hotel website, so I thought we’d have a choice of menemen, or French toast, or eggs. When two waiters appeared each bearing a tray, my eyes widened in amazement as they set down everything pictured and more. They informed us we were welcome to ask for seconds, but we never needed to.

IMG_8529In the evening we’d stroll into town and take our pick from family run restaurants like Zekeriye Osmanli Sofrası or the beautifully named Badem Mantı, whose food more than lived up to its promise.

IMG_8509For us, it was enough to eat and then walk along the harbour before turning in for the night, but there were plenty of laid-back bars and upmarket dining establishments for the night owls.

Looking for somewhere new to go in Turkey this summer? Look no further than SelimiyeIMG_8516If you’re after a quiet holiday with just enough to do to tire you out at the end of the day, Selimiye could be for you. I only wish we’d had a car so we could have explored further afield, but there’s always next time.

Please note this is an unsolicited photo essay and I paid for the accommodation myself. For more ideas of great places to holiday on the west coast of Turkey, order your copy of Moon Guides – Istanbul and the Turkish Coast today! Available in paperback or as an ebook.

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About Goreme1990

I’m Lisa Morrow, the person behind www.insideoutinistanbul.com. I was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up a leafy middle class North Shore suburb. After finishing high school I went to Sydney University but failed to find my niche. After working as a public servant, cleaner, sales assistant, waitress, bar maid and car counter, I went overseas. Once there I hitchhiked through the UK, travelled in Europe and arrived in Turkey just as the Gulf War was starting. My three months stay in the small central Anatolian village of Göreme changed my life. On my return to Australia I earned a BA Honours Degree in Sociology from Macquarie University. An academic career beckoned but the call to travel was louder. After several false starts I moved to Turkey and lived there for ten years. In 2017 I moved to Lisbon, Portugal, but continue to travel regularly to Istanbul. In addition to my blog I've written a travel narrative memoir called "Waiting for the Tulips to Bloom: Adrift in Istanbul" and two collections of essays, "Inside Out In Istanbul: Making Sense of the City" and "Exploring Turkish Landscapes: Crossing Inner Boundaries". I have a regular segment on San Francisco Turkish radio and in early 2017 I released an audio walking tour called "Stepping back through Chalcedon: Kadikoy Walk", through VoiceMap. In addition I write for various international and Australian magazines and websites, as well as for this blog. A full list of my published articles, with links, can be found on the Writing on Turkey and Writing Beyond Turkey pages.
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2 Responses to Selimiye – A Slice of Heaven

  1. ezraman says:

    Very nice! I’ve heard great things about the Marmaris Peninsula OUTSIDE of town. Well done, good pics and enticing words.

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