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“Amazing rock tombs”

Lake Bafa Nature Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews
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“Amazing rock tombs”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

Lake Bafa has seen cleaner days I'd imagine, but the Rock cut tombs just before the village of Kapikiri are pretty stunning. The scenery is quite different to that around Selcuk. We liked the peace and tranquility - had no problems with villagers or donkeys, and despite the fairly long drive were glad we hadn't been put off by earlier negative reviews.

Visited September 2013
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New jersey
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“Horrible Experience at Lake Bafa”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

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!

Visited May 2013
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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“Why go to Lake Bafa?”
Reviewed August 6, 2013 via mobile

A shabby town, a small beach made of mostly imported gravel and limited food choices . Agreed the view is nice but the water is full of lake grass/ reeds . It is a tranquil place to visit and the ruins could be interesting if you had a guide but we were seriously disappointed with everything bar Agora Pension which was nice.

Visited August 2013
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Norwich, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Breakfast time”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

We were taken for breakfast in this lovely cafe which I cant remember the name of but the lake was just beautiful and we ate literally next to it, the cafe was also beautiful and the food although very strange coming from England was authentic Turkish breakfast food, a lovely experience.

Visited May 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Another world.”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

Quiet, tranquil - bird watching, walking, unexpected historical gems. We saw early Christian frescoes simply left unattended, open to the weather. Others told us of prehistoric remains. All guide books seem to be in German, as are many of the visitors. Village to the north of the lake is built on top of Roman ruins, including an impressive city wall. Plenty of small pensions there - very different from the big hotels on the main road to the south of the lake.

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