Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Entrance hall. Cloakroom (washing machine). Open plan living/dining room (A/C, TV, DVD, WiFi) with sliding doors to front and rear terraces. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with sliding doors to front terrace. Double bedroom (A/C) with a king size bed, en suite shower room and doors to front terrace. Twin bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room and doors to side terrace.
  • First floor (right hand side): Stairs from inner hallway off living room to... Principal suite consisting of dressing/ante room with day bed (for child up to 12yrs) and covered balcony, separate double bedroom (A/C) with a king size bed and en suite shower room.
  • First floor (left hand side): Stairs from entrance hall to... Double bedroom (A/C) with a king size bed, en suite shower room and covered balcony.
  • Outside: Barbecue. Shaded and open terraces. Shower. Gated private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (11m x 5m) with corner Roman steps.

A world away from 21st Century hustle and bustle, the authentically Turkish hamlet of Islamlar is a restful rustic refuge where day-to-day life continues at the same somnolent pace it has done for generations. Set amidst this undulating, richly verdant landscape of gently babbling streams, with fabulous views over coast and country, Mira is perfectly suited to anyone seeking a comfortable, very well appointed rural retreat which, at the same time, is only a short drive from the coast and excellent amenities.

Owned by the same caring, super-considerate family as our other Islamlar properties Meryem and Lidya means that space, elegance, taste, admirable facilities and outstanding views are all found here in abundance.

With vaulted beamed ceilings, floors of polished cedar wood or intricately patterned tiles, hand carved/painted furniture plus numerous panoramic windows and doors to light up this gorgeous interior (and invite those magnificent sweeping views inside), this is a property tailor-made for effortless summer living.

Four air conditioned bedrooms and four bathrooms keep comfort levels equally balanced for larger families or sharing friends while privacy is helpfully enhanced by the bedroom distribution on the first floor which is, effectively, two independent halves each accessed by its own staircase.

Catching the sunshine all day long, a spacious sun terrace borders the larger than average private pool, nestling in attractive grounds of lavender beds, mature shrubs and olive trees where various nooks and crannies provide soothing shade over the hotter parts of the day.

And we really must mention the night time views at Mira which are often the equal of those during the day except... they are now above your head!  A combination of clear skies and minimal artificial light in the vicinity means a breathtaking celestial panorama can regularly be admired through the balmy darkness!

Less than 1km away downhill, sleepy Islamlar has a mini market stocking everyday essentials as well as four easy-going restaurants for fresh-cooked lunches or dinners (grilled meats and, in particular, freshwater trout from the surrounding mountain springs are noted specialities, the latter attracting the locals for many miles around).

It may not be easy but do find time to leave this pastoral idyll and explore! Just a 15 minute drive away, Kalkan is famous for its bustling harbour, and cobbled streets crammed with shops and roof-top restaurants. The gloriously preserved Lycian ruins of Patara (17km) sit next to a sweeping sandy beach, widely considered one of the best in the entire Mediterranean. Kaputas (a 10 minute drive from Kalkan) is another immensely attractive sandy beach lapped by pristine, aquamarine waters.

An incredibly scenic coastal road southwards takes you to the pretty town of Kas (32km) or, about an hour further on, the fascinating, submerged ruins and historic castle of Kekova-Simena make a delightful destination for a day trip.

Please note: The day bed in the ante room is suitable for a child up to 12yrs of age only.

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Great Things to Do Near Mira

Enjoy fresh trout in the famous Islamlar restaurants

Islamlar is famous for its traditional trout fishing industry so make sure you sample the local produce right on your doorstep!

Visit the nearby town of Kas

Less than an hour's drive away, enjoy the laid back charm of Kas as an alternative to the busier atmosphere of Kalkan. This small fishing village at the foot of the Taurus mountains retains an unhurried ambience.

Drive down to the stunning beach of Patara

It's part of a huge national park, it is a key biodiversity area, rich in birdlife and the breeding ground of the endangered loggerhead turtle (caretta caretta). Only about a 15 minute stroll from some of the major ruins, even in the height of the summer it is never crowded. The absence of development and no water sports means that it is always peaceful.

Ride horses through the sand dunes of Patara

There are stables within the Patara National Park that cater for riders and non-riders of all ages and ability. Due to the strict conservation laws there is not a building to be seen, which is what makes this beach so special - endless golden sands, surrounded by nature, so it's perfect for an early morning ride enjoying the beautiful scenery!

Mountain Trekking

Trekking in the mountains behind Kas is where you will find some of the most beautiful scenery in the Taurus range. Below the tree line and winter snow are the yayla (highland plateaus). Trek through canyons, gorges and passes - many of these gorges were important trade routes, some still in use, some completely forgotten, though all at one time jealously guarded.

For the biggest market on the Lycian coast

take the journey up to Fethiye and experience an authentic Turkish market. Produce is brought from all over the region - vegetables, spices and, of course, the 'genuine fake' designer goods. In the centre of Fethiye is the fish market, where fresh fish can be chosen from the stalls and cooked at one of the restaurants in the surrounding square - a great place for lunch. Tuesday is the main market day for Fethiye.

A 'must see' is the ancient site of Xanthos

It was one of the six principal cities of Lycia and it is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Turkey and has been registered in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Of note are the pillar tombs (unique to Lycia) and the Harpy column tomb with frieze. The 'Harpy Tomb' is so called as it was believed that the winged women figures in the frieze were harpies - monsters from Greek mythology with the head of a woman and the body of a bird.

Sticky delights!

Try one of the rich, gooey Turkish pastries, rich in honey, raisins, nuts and cinnamon and layered in Filo pastry - along with a Turkish coffee to clear the palate. Kalkan's harbour front is the best place to enjoy this indulgence!

Stepping down to Kaputas beach

In an unspoilt, idyllic setting, Kaputas Beach, much smaller than Patara, is only accessed by 192 steps down - so make sure you can manage the climb back up at the end of the day!

Explore the Saklikent Gorge

It's the second-largest (20 km long) gorge in Europe, with spectacular scenery and 4 kms of the gorge is walkable. Outside the gorge, restaurants have wooden platforms suspended just above rushing spring waters - great places to relax on Turkish rugs and cushions with a beer. You have to cross the water - beware, it's knee deep and fast flowing. Wear swim shoes - these can be hired if you don't have any.

Nearby

Beaches

Kaputas 25 mins
Patara 35 mins

Airports

Dalaman 120 mins
Times are approximate

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