Holidays to Sarigerme get you a sandy beach set in a national park, traditional tavernas and Roman ruins – and some of the best kiteboarding around.
A chilled-out village
Twenty minutes’ drive from Dalaman, this village on the southwest coast of Turkey was once the bustling ancient city of Pisilis. Sarigerme take things slower than its ancient ancestor, though, with a just a laid-back village centre and a couple of bars and restaurants. It’s a different speed down on the sandy beach, mind – the sweeping stretch is popular with kiteboarders.
A beach in a national park
Sarigerme Beach spools the coastline for a good 7 kilometres. The stretch is made of soft, bright-golden sand, with a shallow shelve into the Med. The closest part is a 15-minute walk from the centre – or there’s a road train from the village car park. It’s in a National Park Conservation Area, which means you’ll pay a small fee to enjoy the beach and the showers, loos and café that come with it.
Daytrips to roman ruins
Southwest Turkey was once a mainstay of the Romans’ empire, and they left quite a bit behind. Some of Pisilis’ ruins are now buried under the beach, but you can still see the ancient crumbling walls just next door. Or a 30-minute drive gets you to the massive archaeological site at Kaunos. Here you’ll see ancients baths and an amphitheatre – plus, just inland, some fabulous tombs carved into the cliff.
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