THE AREA The landscape is highly variable with rolling hills but also with steep mountains and deep canyons, deltas, lagoons and lakes. Around the guesthouse there are many special birds like: Rüppels warbler, Black-headed Bunting, Cirl Bunting, Rufous tailed Scrub Robin, Eurasian Blackcap, etc. There are also wild boar, jackal, foxes, harmless snakes and lizards. There is a rich variety of orchids and some are collected by the locals for the preparation of a special kind of hot drink called "salep" which is made with hot milk, cinnamon and the orchid root extract and especially popular during winter months.
The walls of the guesthouse are full of chatting, small geckos which pry on insects and the winter also has its charm with a garden full of thistle finches and owls hunting mice in the moonlight. Each season brings different life.
Meander Delta - Less than an hour’s drive from the guesthouse are the vast lagoons and deltas which have formed along the route of the Large and Small Meander Rivers and this habitat is ideal for a rich variety of birds, having become an important breeding and wintering ground for thousands of water birds, including Greater Flamingo’s and Dalmatian Pelicans ( see the photo gallery), small egrets, blue herons, Squacco Heron, Purple Heron Gull-billed Tern, Glossy Ibises, Little Bittern, Ruddy Shelduck, Eurasian Wigeon, etc.
But also: Calandra Lark, Eurasian Penduline, European Bee-eater, large colonies of Spanish sparrows and European Roller ( see the photos ).
Bafa Lake – Lying behind the Meander delta, this is also an important wintering ground and popular with many bird species. The area is also famous for having been a sanctuary for early Christians hiding from the Islamic tribes who approached from the East.
Samsundagi National Park - Here in the spring can be seen Eleonara’s Falcon and sometimes Bonelli’s Eagle also the Krüper’s Nuthatch lives in this area.
Ephesus - Only 15 min. drive from the guesthouse lies the ancient city of Ephesus, once one of the most important cities in the ancient world. Mentioned in the Bible, it had the second largest library in the world, the Celsius library (see photos) and this stunning building’s facade is often used in pictures of the site. Well preserved Roman villas with stunning mosaics are a must-see.
Didim, Miletus & Priene – 3 ancient sites which can all be visited in one day. The world’s first coin was minted in Miletus and Didim is home to the spectacular Temple of Apollo where Alexander the Great is said to have consulted it’s famous oracle for advice on a war campaign.