Located between Marmaris and Dalyan is the small village of Ekincik. Though it can be accessed by road and sea, the most regular mode of travel here is by gulet. Throughout summer, more than 50 yachts can be harboured here at one time. Ekincik harbour is found on the western cape of the inlet which is covered in pine forest and quite close to the ancient city of Kaunos.
Though many yachts travel to this village in the peak summer months it is still a relatively secluded bay, which is why it has attracted many celebrities over the years including Pamela Anderson, Sting, Dustin Hoffman and even Prince Charles!
What to do in Ekincik
Ekincik may be small but this doesn’t mean it lacks in activity. Ekincik has a beautiful stretch of beach with a beautiful backdrop of lush green pine trees and home to many caverns and caves. These can be accessed by boat or by swimming. The mountains located behind the beach prove to be great for trekking as well.
The Ekincik inlet is a stunning and safe spot for yachts to drop anchor however this is not the main reason so many yachts are pulled towards this area. For many years now, the locals of Ekincik have offered a motorboat service to the Ancient City of Kaunos for those in the town and those travelling through on a cabin charter either from Fethiye or Marmaris. This service takes you up the Dalyan River through the tall reeds to witness the magical site of Kaunos. Afterwards, guests on these tours can visit Iztuzu Beach, mud baths and the town center of Dalyan. The mud baths, called Sultaniye Kaplıcaları, are just 12km from Ekincik and believed to have healing powers.
Not far from Ekincik are the small bays of Karaçay and Semisce for more swimming time or east of Ekincik is Delikliburun which is known for its underwater scenes and great diving.