Tranquil and traditional
Sleepy Sarigerme has a prime spot on Turkey’s south-west coast, where the Aegean Sea kisses the waters of the Mediterranean. Life moves at a leisurely pace here, mostly revolving around the beach – but what a beach it is. Over 10 kilometres in length, Sarigerme’s beach is part of a national park, fringed by a fragrant line of pine trees.
Watersports are big here – kiteboarding in particular – as is sailing, and back on dry land, the town hosts an annual kite festival in May.
There’s a handful of bars and restaurants, but nightlife is mostly low-key – think traditional tavernas dishing up local fare.
You’ve got a lot of day trip material in the area, too; Sarigerme is half an hour from Kaunos, an archaeological site that’s home to a preserved amphitheatre, a temple to Apollo and the crumbling remains of an acropolis.
Transfer time from Dalaman airport to Sarigerme is approximately 15 minutes.
There are no two ways about it – Turkey is hot. Summers top 30°C, with an average of 12 hours of sunshine a day and virtually no rain. The coast is cooled by sea breezes, which are particularly welcome in the mid-summer months. Spring and autumn are good times to go, averaging a thoroughly beach-ready mid-20s with plenty of sunshine and blue skies.
British citizens need a visa to enter Turkey. It costs 20 US dollars, and you can apply online. Your Trusted Adviser can let you know how.
In restaurants in Turkey it’s common to leave 10-15% as a tip, unless service charge is included – make sure you check your bill carefully. Round up the fare when paying your taxi driver, although it’s not necessary to tip a dolmus driver. In the very popular Turkish baths, you should tip the masseuse between 10-20%.
The official language of Turkey is Turkish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.