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Selimiye is also one of the natural ports which have been quietly serving the yacht tourism. Dominated by Selimiye, a large bay is like a lake view. Natural harbors in this region are fish spawning areas. Spring water flows from fountains and taps of the houses. In the Selimiye Stock Breeding, olive, almonds, farming, fishing and building wooden boats are common. Selimiye Village is one of the pearls of the Gulf of Hisaronu which is connected to the town of Mugla Marmaris. The name of the village in ancient era was Hydas, and later changed to Losta. Kızılköy (Red village) is another known name, since surroundings to the village have dyed red tones when sun disappeared at sunset behind the mountains. Hydas (Selimiye) is one of ancient cities such as Loryma, Kaisareia, Kastabos, Erin, Bybossos in Bozburun peninsula. It has ruins from archaic era. Selimiye have three castles ruins, one is on the highest hill of Selimiye, the other is at the top of Sarikaya, and the last one is at Asarkale Kızılköy districts. Remains of walls in the hills of southeast dating from the Hellenistic era are a popular place especially foreign tourist’s visit. A square-shaped tomb building near the southern part, observation tower built 100 meters off the shore in order to expose Selimiye to approaching boats and a lighthouse, monasteries and theater are other places for tourist trips. Among other things in the region which have survived to the present day are the works of American underwater archaeologist scientists engaged in research of the wrecks for three years. Materials and amphoras are exhibited in Bodrum underwater shipwreck museum. Selimiye is a great location for those who want to eat freshest seafood, vegetables, and fruit, to swim in clean sea, to find inner peace. There are almond and olive trees, mountains rising smell of thyme, oregano in Selimiye. Warm and friendly locals draw people. Historic areas, mountains of pine, olive, almond and willow trees. Clean sea, plenty of steak, air oxygen-rich, peaceful, calm, warm and welcoming. The bay is natural harbor in stormy weather, natural swimming pool in the form of volcanic structure. The sea depth of 15 meters from the beach reaches to 30 to 40 meters .Zoning permit in the village of Selimiye is nature conservation area, so that You can still walk along the whole beach, you can catch fish with your tackle from the seaside, You can row a surf board along the large bay in the west coast. If you are looking for a sparkling sandy beach you can go to an Sığliman (shallow harbor) two miles away.
- Category: ROUTE 1
The movement of sand dunes from the land which divides the bay with a shallow stripe of the 600 meter. This area is called Kızkumu (Girls sand). The formation of this road, which doubles as a natural breakwater have so many myths: The daughter of a king of ancient times falls in love with just a fisherman. However, because of the current world state at that time, fisher man and the king's daughter could not marry. Moreover, that’s the decision of the father which is the King! Not surprisingly, they meet in secret often. King learns this situation over time, and has his men follow his daughter at night. They say that fisherman is comes from the sea to her daughter waiting on the beach. She has a light pointing out her place. And young man comes to light where your daughter is. Then they do love games to each other until day’s dawns. When the king heard them he gets angry. The king kills anybody against his orders even his daughter. He catches his daughter one night, and he orders his soldiers to send the signal to fisherman with the light on the beach. When the kid saw the light, he jumps to his dingy and runs into a squad of soldiers ... Girl escapes from soldiers and starts running in order to save her love. That is at the other end of the bay and impossible. But Love does not listen rules and she throws herself into waters. A miracle happens at that second. Every place she takes step transforms to beach and as soldiers in pursuit steps into that beach, they are buried into the sea because of all the weight they carry. Girls could run up to the boat, but at that moment an archer target the arrow to the young man and shoots. Alas! They already embraced each other. The arrow comes and has met the girl. They say that when girls red blood has mixed it into the sea, it stains the sand. The kid takes the girls and goes. Nobody see them ever after... There is an island in the middle of the bay and there are remains of a castle on top of the island. The castle is believed to belong to ancient city of Baybassos. You can go to that island with a boat and follow the path up to the ruins of the castle. Scenery is great and worth’s your effort. People of Baybassos brought water to the castle from a waterfall arches in the village of Turgut by laying of arches and underwater pipes. The pipe system used combines vessel rule. Baybassos is Carian city and it is on one of the peaks of the mountain backdrop around Orhaniye. You can drive up near to the village of Baybassos. You will need the help of villagers to find the rest of the way. Because as is the case with most of the ancient cities, there are no direction signs. The way out is dirt road and hilly. Vehicles are left in the village and climb to the peak takes 45 minutes through the forest. The view covering very large area of landscape including Selimiye below Hisaronu is very impressive. There are also boat tours to Gulf of Hisaronu from Orhaniye. Tour take breaks on Selimiye, Hisaronu and coves like Inbükü and island of Dişlice. Tour takes until the evening. The Robinson Club Maris Hotel on a hill overlooking Hisaronu, Dişlice Island across, small canyons and stone formations attracts attention. At the entrance of Orhaniye bay, near the Bay Marina Hotel where boats stay, there are the ruins of a monastery. Mosaics in the garden of monastery have a value to see.