Yalıkavak is super cute! The beaches are small, but great. Restaurants on the beach allow visitors to use their lounge chairs free of charge. Be careful if you eat at one of those places though, they often charge a fee for the view. If you ask before sitting, you can often get out of the paying the fee. But if not, pay it. The sunsets are amazing!
The main area is really quaint. White houses and shops with blue-trimmed windows. A pazar area full of small shops.
Yalıkavak is known for its artists. There are many small shops full of paintings, jewelry, and other artwork. Things you don’t see in most of Turkey. We even met someone I had read about. There is a tiny tiny village called Sandima with three residents. One was born there, and the other two are Bohemian artists who made Sandima their home. We met one of the artists and ended up with not one, but two paintings. One from her and one of her husband’s work.
There is one section of Yalıkavak where one can see water on both sides of the road. Lots of boating, hiking, and other tourist activities.
There is another beach that is open to the public that is much more quiet. Most foreigners don’t seek it out. The Turks bring picnic lunches and make use of the tables provided. It was here that my babe and I attempted snorkeling with the new GoPro camera. It was a lot of fun, but we definitely have to work on our underwater camera skills. (And I have to work on my snorkeling. I had the hubby holding on to me the whole time. ) If you look closely, you can even see a few fish.