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This is the 19th view from my trip to Turkey.

This is another photo taken in Dilek Yarimadasi National Park. It is located in the region of Kusadasi and Soke, in the province of Aydin. The park can be reached via the Kusadasi – Soke highway, and lies roughly in the middle of the two towns.

The northern side of the park has plants rarely seen in the Mediterranean region. There are many bays and chestnut trees, and it is the only area where the Finike juniper and pirnal oaks can be found together. Mediterranean seals and sea turtles are breeding on the shores of the lake. It is a place where you can enjoy walking, water sports and picnics for eight months of a year from April to December, and go swimming throughout the summer months.

The park offers many alternatives for visitors to choose from. You can swim from beaches where the forest trees come right up to the water, go for a walk amongst the linden and chestnut trees, cycle through pine woods, go rock climbing, or fishing for example. Among many rare and endangered bird species which can be seen in the park are the Dalmatian pelikan and pygmy cormorant, and if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of wild horses.

You can drive by car to Davutlar National Park, or take the minibuses which leave every ten minutes during the summer from Kusadasi and Söke, 27 km and 34 km away respectively.

As the weather was fantastic we took a motorbike from Selcuk and spent a great time in the park. The water there seems to be clean like nowhere else. The coast makes a big impression with its natural and quite wild beauty. Great place...

Taken with 10d and wide angle lens.

Hope you like it!

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More views from Turkey in my travelogue: The Best of Turkey.
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Additional Photos by Patryk Moriak (patriik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 10 N: 360] (1935)
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