Lake Bafa Nature Park
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Rosemarie B
San Juan, Puerto Rico281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Stunning views of Lake Bafa are worth the ride. It is a very quiet and peaceful setting. We went on a week day, early in the morning and this is a truly bird sanctuary. Everything was closed, but a local vendor, who happens to sell beautiful scarfs, gave us a short history and tour of the ruins around the lake.
Written June 3, 2023
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania33,359 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We made two stops here when we took a trip to Ephesus, starting from Bodrum. I did not see anything special. A very large lake (with salt water, as I understood from the guide), smell of algae(but not a pleasant one), fish swimming in shoals near the shore.A regular lake...
Written September 7, 2020
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Erlend61
Saetre, Norway50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
After spending some days in Bodrum, we rented a car and drove to Lake Bafa. It's a 1h and 40 min. drive on pleasant roads.We decided to park at the first, small village and walked along the country road to the lake. It's like coming to another world! The grass was green. The birds were singing like it was spring. We passed fields, cattle, sheeps and the amazing landscape, containing giant rocks thrown around (by trolls?) making the characteristic scenery. The lake appear after a couple of kilometers. It's a magic lake of tranquility, exotic birds (we saw flamencos!) and traditional fishing boats. After another kilometer, the ruins of the ancient civilization appears in the landscape. There are 4-5 lodges by the seashore were you can get lunch/dinner and stay over night. Our intention was only a day trip, and what a day! Recommended!!
Written November 5, 2013
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junior1907
Istanbul, Türkiye195,228 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
While driving from Bodrum to İzmir,we have decided to make a stopover at this beautiful lake and its surroundings.What a pity that today we saw a lake which is dying.According to the information given to us,the fresh stream through Menderes river was stopped,therefore no fresh water is feeding the lake at this moment since a long time!We have no idea about why they are doing this for this beautiful natural area.İt is terrible to see the damage caused to the lake at all parts as we have gone through different parts of the lake side and wherever we have been to,we have come cross with the dirt and of course very bad smell.Brown colour dirt is on the surface of the lake in different parts like sometime covering an area of 35-50 square meter.On some parts of the shore,we have also found this kind of dark brown colour of dirt smelling very bad,too.We hope that this beautiful lake will come back to normal conditions very soon.If not,you still have some limited time to see its last good position before it is going to die.This is one of our worst days in our life to see such a beautiful nature in this bad conditions.Regret very much to see it like this.
Written September 1, 2014
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wanderlusttoo
New jersey11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
On one of the travel boards someone highly recommended going to Lake Bafa for an "authentic Turkish village" experience. For our two week trip, I made arrangements to stay for two nights at Agora Pension. I want to preface my comments with the fact that I love to go to out of the way places for wild experiences in not so great accomodations. I have had some great adventures.

Lake Bafa was horrible. Agora Pension was a really bad experience and the village and the people were scarey. A Turk from Istanbul we met in a nearby traffic jam/stop said the lake is badly polluted and said we should not go. We took a walk to see some of the ruins behind the village and got followed by eight village women who yelled at and harrassed us to give them money or buy their trinkets. Our inn keeper made us scared for our safety that we left after one night. There were barn leantos on two sides of our room so that it smelled like cow and horse dung the whole night AND there were three donkeys in the area who carried on like they were being murdered about every 45 minutes throughout the night.

I was looking forward to hiking at Lake Bafa and our inn keeper told us that the only way to hike was to pay him 35 Euros per person. He insisted that we could not find the trails and he would not point us in the direction and that there were no maps for hiking.

This was too much authenticity for my liking. We never encountered a warm or friendly person the whole time there which was so out of character for Turks. We had the most delightful experiences in every other part of the country we visited. Do not go to Lake Bafa!
Written August 26, 2013
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123trekker
Izmir, Türkiye8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Friends
I have been many times to this family owned Pension Today I returned after a two year break. Its now even more beautiful the family have done so much more work on the land around the Pension 3 cabins have been renovated and so has the Resturant.
My favourite room overlooks the Lake and is stunning in its simplicity.We had the village breakfast which was wonderful. I used to take group of 15/20 people here and have lunch plenty of choice local fish homemade kofti (meatball) grilled chicken, meze
You can also have a boat ride on the Lake stunning. I have lived in this area coming up ten years. It never disappoints the local villages around the area are natural and unspoilt real Turkey at its best
Written March 6, 2016
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Dave B
Nuenen, The Netherlands26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Solo
After spending close to 2 months at and around Lake Bafa (Bafa Gölü in Turkish) I can say a whole lot of good things. The water is clear, bit salty. Only after a good rain it becomes a bit dirty. There is a beautiful bird island in the lake. The surrounding area offers a lot of hiking opportunities and cultural ventures. The area is also beautiful and diverse.
Written May 2, 2014
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hülya ö
Bodrum District, Türkiye368 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
Lake Bafa is one of the most historical lakes around the world. You can see prehistoric pictures on rocks, visit ancient cities and churchs, walk through hills, bird watch, sail or swim. I recommend you to visit the place with a guide. And after that you should eat local food before you go.
Written January 29, 2016
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Andrew M
Leicestershire, UK435 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
Agree with wanderlusttoo ( 2013 comment)
As we approached the junction near Kapikirri where there is a sign to the tombs we got flagged down by a group of elderly ladies crouched on the ground doing needle work.
One of them insisted upon being our guide even though we didn't want one.
Regardless, she followed us to the tombs and then to my surprise the rest followed too. We were surprised at how spritely they were as they seemed to be well passed their prime.
Fascinating view of the ruins at the top, the numerous tombs and a great view of the lake.
The 'Ladies' would not leave us alone and they laid out their wares.
Quite frankly there was nothing that we wanted to buy- their lace fish seemed to be something they thought we could not do without.( we could)
We were discussing amongst ourself if we should give them some money anyway but they had gone.
Expecting to see them back at the cars- they had completely disappeared!
As we drove up to the village we were surrounded by elderly people and suddenly it occurred to me that we could have walked onto a film set of 'Sean of the dead'!
With difficulty I turned around in a very tight road and put my foot down- the experience was really scary.
Had a big giggle about it later that evening, it was actually one of our highlights!
Written August 5, 2015
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coskun d
Bodrum City, Türkiye161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
BAFA Lake is a hidden place. There is a lot of History out there. I dont think not many people knows.
Drive to the Bafa Village then follow the signs to Heraklia; Kapıkırı. Then go up the little village Gölyaka then park and walk up.
We did a hiking ourselves up to the 7 Brothers Monastery.
Then we had the whole view of the Lake which was a super sightseeing.
The way is marked easy to find it if you are around Bafa Lake do not miss it, highly recomendet.
Written April 15, 2015
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