iztuzu beach

A three mile long sandbar that juts out into the Mediterranean is a magical riverboat ride away along the river. Try getting an early river-boat, at 8.00 am. You might find that you have the boat to yourself, (barter down the price) and with little or no other traffic the mirrored reflection of the mountains in the calm river water is sensational. You’ll also arrive before the boatloads of visitors from other resorts, and at a time of day when you can sunbathe without your factor 30 sun-block.

This area was to be developed, until it discovered that it was one of the last nesting grounds for the endangered Loggerhead Turtle. Local fishermen will take you on an early morning trip along the river, where you can stop off and feed cabbage to the turtles by hand. But you have to be up before sun-rise, so get an early night in for a change!