Our good friends Claudia and Yalcin invited us to a barbecue at Aksazlar. Not a place I've ever heard of but with a couple of simple instructions we found this wonderful gem directly opposite where we live on the other side of the bay, and the source of the aforementioned mystery lights.
Aksazlar is truly a gem set amongst what I consider to be a pretty perfect place already. Only 10 mins by car - slightly longer by dolmuş. Just follow the road around the bay through the boat yards where you will see a signpost with several names of beaches on it; the first being Aksazlar. We're told it can get busy but yesterday and last night it was fairly quiet. The water is calm, warm and inviting, and for young children it stays shallow for quite a way out. The visibility for those of us who like to snorkel is not so great, but I consider that a blessing once I discovered after dusk what other creature we were sharing it with. Not a fond fan of crabs, there were truly some healthy ones gliding around in the water once the sun started to go down. Good note for next time!
There is a fairly decent sized restaurant there, and although we had a barbecue (b.y.o) I'm told the meals there are very nice. Something to look forward to on another day.
As you can see by my pictures there are all manner of ways to relax. We hired (10TL) a sitting platform which had a light in it for use after dark. There are sunbeds on the beach itself and the restaurant has a choice of tables & chairs for finer dining or bean bags on the lawn under the stars. Later on in the evening the singer turned up with his guitar and with a velvety voice quietly serenaded us all in the background. All in all a pretty perfect afternoon and evening. So whereas I would hate to see this lovely place become overcrowded with tourists (selfish I know ;) I felt it a place that deservedly required a mention in my blog - although part of me hopes that no-one reads it!
For those of you who wish to visit Aksazlar, there are dolmuşes every 15 mins or so and they run right up to midnight. I'm also told Aksazlar is open right through winter.