The ideal place to escape from town fuss and noise is
a well-merited rest and beach afternoon in the national park (since 1960's) of Kalamaki
in the "Dilek Peninsula". Located approx. 30 km South of Kusadasi, it is
only 1-2 km far from the Greek island Samos.
The Kalamaki beaches count several bays
of which the most important ones are Icmeler (1st bay and only sandy one), Kavakli and
Karapinar. Winters are mostly rainy and Summers dry. This explains that water sources are
the main place where fauna gathers for drinking. The most dense specie is the wild pig so
do not be bewildered when you see a wild pig family wandering around in the afternoon.
Due to its clean environment,
Kalamaki is also ideal for picnics. All necessary facilities have been thought of : water
from the mountains, lavatory and picnic tables and benches. And while you walking around,
according to the season, look at the various kinds of flowers in almost any color and do
hesitate to taste the wild strawberries.
to Go?...To reach the
National Park, you can take a minibus leaving at regular hours from the bus station
(opposite the Friday Market) or join an organized tour. You will soon understand it is
worth going !