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Weekly events at Dionysos

FRIDAY TO TUESDAY:

Classicly restored life boat

Explore the local coastline including peaceful, secluded bays and beaches.

TUESDAY:

Buffet dinner with live music

On the Dionysos Terrace

WEDNESDAY:

Stratonikeia & Muğla old town

Stratonikeia, the city of eternal love and gladiators, is that rare place where one can see buildings from the ancient period as well as the Ottoman and Turkish Republican Periods. You have the opportunity to see many structures from different periods followed by a journey through the history of the traditional Turkish city with its own culture and identity, Muğla by going to Saburhane which consists of about four hundred registered old Turkish and Greek houses dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. Then head down to Akyaka which is an idyllic beach resort at the head of the Gulf of Gökova for lunch and a 25 minute river boat trip (weather permitting).

Olive oil tasting

Take a tour of the olive pressing room, learn how 'Amos' olive oil is produced and for an olive oil tasting (includes a bottle of ‘Amos’ olive oil for you to take home).

Wine tasting

Join us in the wine cellar and be taken on a journey through different regions of Turkey such as Anatolia, Izmir, Thrace and the South East tasting quality wines from various producers. Some older, established, award-winning wines and some, newer wines trending in Turkey today. Choose your favourite wine of the evening and take a bottle (1 per couple) to enjoy at dinner.

THURSDAY:

Sea kayaking

This is a half day trip from Turunç to Kumlubük via Baklabükü on an easy paddling Dagger Blackwater two person kayak. Safety instructions are given by your guide at the starting point. Paddle from Turunç to Baklabükü which is a small, beautiful bay with a pebble beach and crystal clear water. The first session is about 4,7km and usually takes approximately an hour. After a swim and a relaxing break, you finish by paddling to the Kumlubük Yacht Club.

Yoga

Hatha Yoga is a gentle, slow-paced stretching class with some simple breathing exercises and perhaps seated meditation. This is a good place to learn beginners' poses, relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with yoga.

Marmaris gezgin

Travel to Marmaris by water taxi, stroll the cobbled streets of the old town and visit the castle and museum. Explore the covered bazaar and discover locally produced organic delights such as cheese, spices and honey. Dinner at ‘Nil Balık Restaurant’, owned by a local and serving Turkish cuisine using local produce – fish, vegetables and meat.

FRIDAY:

Gifts of nature

Visit the honey museum in Osmaniye where you will see the history of bee-keeping, bee products and their benefits. You will also be able to taste and buy many varieties of honey. Travel to Bayır to learn about the dying art of essential oil distilling and their medicinal uses. Then take a scenic journey to Soğut for lunch, served in a seaside restaurant and have a refreshing dip in the sea. From there, onto Selimiye where you can enjoy some free time to explore the promenade of this ‘upmarket’ village.

Farm dinner

Join us for early evening drinks followed by a candle lit dinner - mezes, stone-oven roasted lamb - round the farmhouse table (includes drinks).

SATURDAY:

Ephesus

Depart early and have breakfast en-route. Visit to the Ephesus ruins, considered to be the open air museum of Turkey with its huge size and well preserved ruins which come mainly from the Roman era. Archaeological work has been carried out for over 100 years however only approximately one fifth of the site has been excavated, providing some idea of the extent of this vast wonder. Also visit the newly refurbished Ephesus museum displaying pieces unearthed at this incredible site.

Olive oil tasting

Take a tour of the olive pressing room, learn how 'Amos' olive oil is produced and for an olive oil tasting (includes a bottle of ‘Amos’ olive oil for you to take home).

Yoga

Hatha Yoga is a gentle, slow-paced stretching class with some simple breathing exercises and perhaps seated meditation. This is a good place to learn beginners' poses, relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with yoga.

Wine tasting

Join us in the wine cellar and be taken on a journey through different regions of Turkey such as Anatolia, Izmir, Thrace and the South East tasting quality wines from various producers. Some older, established, award-winning wines and some, newer wines trending in Turkey today. Choose your favourite wine of the evening and take a bottle (1 per couple) to enjoy at dinner.

Moonlight dinner cruise

Sunset, champagne and the Aegean sea. Potter out of the Bay enjoying a glass of champagne and the beauty that surrounds you. Stop in Kadırga bay for a moonlight swim and dinner.

SUNDAY:

Hiking Palamut mountain

Palamut mountain is the highest point on the Bozburun Peninsula with an altitude of 930m. The walk is along a 3km forest road to the summit with incredible views including the beautiful Greek islands of Rhodes and Symi (in clear weather). A hidden forest trail will take you down the western side of the mountain where you will observe the rich flora of the maquis. The walk finishes in the delightful village of Hacıağaç where you will be served a delightful Turkish-style village lunch.

Nar dinner

The theme is ‘A Taste of Turkey’. Seats a maximum of 16.

Discover the local area

Whether you come with your own car, or rent one during your stay, the unspoiled beauty of this stretch of Aegean coastline is breathtaking and well worth exploring the local villages (Bayır, Soğut, Selimiye) to catch a glimpse of Turkish life as it’s been for generations. The immediate surroundings are a dream come true for lovers of nature and the outdoors. The clear blue sea is ideal for snorkelling and there are plenty of historical sites to visit: Knidos, Loryma, and Amos to name but a few.

Knidos

The ancient settlement of Knidos is situated right at the end of the Datça Peninsula and was part of the ancient Greek Dorian-Hexapolis, it features excellent examples
of Carian architecture in an unspoilt archaeological site. One of the significant ruins is the Hellenistic amphitheatre that was built with a panoramic view out over the sea. The largest is a 6km long necropolis, and there are temples, an altar, agora and churches to see.

Amos

Located midway between Dionysos and Turunç, set above a small bay. Here you can see the fairly well preserved remains of an amphitheatre as well as remnants of towers, outer ramparts and the defensive town walls. The earliest settlement at Amos dates back to the Hellenistic period.