In our lobby and office you will find a variety of books, information and brochures on numerous and varied activities which you may decide to follow up on visit. We are more than happy to help you arrange such, privately or in an organised group. Also with our vast range of knowledge and experience we can show you the way to enjoy Turkey in an individual way.
Bakkhos guest house is a perfect base for those interested in the numerous archaeological sites such as Ephesus, with its museum in Selcuk next to the St. Jean church, the Temple of Artemis (one of the 7 world wonders), and the caves of the 7 sleepers, Priene, Didyma, Miletos and more. You can book an organised tour or you can take one of the excellent guide books and design your own. There are also a few others less known archaeological sites like Klaros, Notion, Herakleia next to Bafa Lake with its beautiful landscape, Labranda, the Apollo-temple of Euromos, Belevi Mausoleum, Teos or interesting places like Birgi in Bozdað-mountains and Tire, with a traditional market with old handicrafts, which are also worth a visit, maybe even more so , because they are untouched by the normal tourist groups.
The House of Virgin Mary, close to the ancient city of Ephesus, which is again been visited by the Pope is officially recognised as the last home of Mary, the mother of Jesus. This is where she fled to, after the crucifixion of Christ.
The old quarters of the town of Kusadasi, and Selcuk are worth a stroll around. Sirince, a lovely little unspoilt village(with old Greek houses and a church) nestling in the hills above Selcuk is also worth a visit. Here the local women display their craft work, such as cushion covers, tablecloths but also fresh olive-oil, olives and dried herbs to sell. Also they have their Sirince wine, which you can taste in some local places.
Another old Greek village, but less touristic is Doganbey(Domatia)
It has a history which goes back to the ancient times. The village contains original historical buildings, a chapel and a church.They are demonstrating the most beautiful examples of Turkish and Greek architecture carrying the traces of past civilizations. The parcels in the village were assigned to National Parks of Turkey and they since 2001 they began to restore the village in accordance to its original plan. In its near environment there is the Karina with its old customs houses, where you can have on the sea-side a lovely fresh fish.
There are numerous beaches in Kusadasi, only 4 km from us(5 min. on wheels), or if you want more seclusion from the normal tourist spots there is a little known beach of Pamucak which is about 7 km away from us(10 min. on wheels). The National Nature reserve park called National Park (Dilek Yarimadasi) has a fantastic beach with such a clear blue sea it must be visited. For those more energetic among you the hike up the Canyon is well worth the effort for the reward of the spectacular views once you reach the top.
This nature reserve is served by the very efficient public transport system Turkey has ( the ‘dolmus’) or is only 25 minutes in a taxi/car.
For those sports minded among you there are many activities on offer- deep sea diving, course for beginners or organised dives for the more experienced, all kinds of water sports, boat-trips to surrounding areas, jeep- and horse safari’s to experience the local environment. Or why don’t you try once ,the Turkish bath(hamam)? It makes you relaxed and if you wish you can have an extra oil-massage too.
There are 2 massive water parks which cater for the youngest to oldest of you and with slides that will satisfy even the most avid of thrill-seekers among you.
The weekly markets of nearby Kusadasi, Soke, and Selcuk are well worth a visit. They sell everything from fresh vegetables/fruit to clothes, footwear, kitchen accessories, spices etc. A must for bargain lovers. It is nice to spend nearly a whole day in these markets, attempting to capture the ambiance which is alive with energy, colour and Turkish people shouting their wears and still wearing traditional clothing. For people who wish, Kusadasi is buzzing with night-life, restaurants, bars, disco’s , live music and all the shops are open whole day until late at night.
The advantage we have at Bakkhos is being so near to so many opportunities and activities but still being able to offer you seclusion, in the peace of the nature, so you can choose each day and each evening whether to join the world or retreat from it. We are only 4 kms(4/5 min. on wheels) from Kusadasi city centre and 20 kms (20 min. on wheels ) from Selcuk. The dolmus-busses are also passing by our estate every 10 minutes (there are 2 different lines) We also have our own taxi-service reasonable priced. In addition mopeds/scooters or cars can be hired. All of this we can help you with, remember we are here to ensure that you have a lovely time here with us. We are happy to do all the work and organisation for you.