The most noticeable change from last year was the absence of stalls down the Canal. The kiosk with the postcards, ceramics and bookmarks was still there. However, pretty well all else had gone. We were told that only about a third of the stallholders had paid their rent to the Council, some hadn’t paid for years, so the Council just evicted the lot. Of the former Canal traders, Imren Home Linen (towels, haberdashery) were in a shop at 175 Sokak (from the roundabout, up past the cash machines to the main road by Azra jewellers, turn left and walk a few yards to the Kingsland Chinese restaurant, and 175 Sokak is opposite, Imren shop a few yards up on right hand side, name visible from main road). The man who sold leather goods by the Canal was next door to Imren. A few of the Canal traders seemed to have taken stalls on the Wednesday market, but good luck at finding them. We missed Mehmet Linen and the people who sold the T-shirts and tops. Içmeler had lost a lot of its character. Where there had been bustle and interest, there were bare concrete walls with a lot of noise coming from plant in the adjacent hotels. The Canal area was very quiet in the daytime. The former traders hoped the stalls would be reinstated next year, but no one seemed to know what the Council’s plans were. Maybe they are trying to move the place upmarket.
The footway along the seafront had been relaid and widened, with most of the shrubs removed to make a marked (but not segregated) cycle path. The sea could be seen better than before from the seafront bars and restaurants, but the straw sunshades prevented a good sea view. You now also get a better look at the portly types seeking a near-overall tan – unfortunately. Incidentally, the path around the headland in Marmaris had also been resurfaced, and there is a new water fountain towards the far end (20 metres or so after the short cut through to the Bazaar between the carpet seller and the ‘Purple Rain’ restaurant).
Average Efes price in the centre of Içmeler was about 5 YTL for the 500ml bottle. Seek a better sea view from the Café del Mar, and Efes was 7 YTL. In the Love Boat Restaurant, Efes cost 5.95 YTL for 330ml.
Ümit from Insu Travel was a few doors further up the street on the same side at Ümit & Alka Tours. Murat has left the Love Boat and is at the Coco Beach.
Dolmus single fare Içmeler /Marmaris 2.5 YTL (1.5 YTL in the ‘works bus’), Turunç/Marmaris 5YTL, water taxis 10 YTL single from Içmeler to Marmaris or Turunç.
Içmeler was still a very nice place, but the loss of the stalls at the Canal was very disappointing.