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The only time we've mentioned Köyceğiz in the past on Turkey's For Life is when we wrote about all the great little D400 Köyceğiz roadside stalls which are brimming with citrus fruits - they'll be brimming again over the coming weeks as citrus season bursts forth. There's something a bit cosy and comforting about going for a long winter drive and stopping off along the road to stock up on a ridiculous-sized mound of seasonal tangerines to eat en route...or is that just us? Anyway, back to our tale and let's get back to Köyceğiz itself.

Because my dad wanted to see Sarıgerme, and because we knew that would take us all of 15 minutes, we wanted to move on to somewhere else. We've already taken him to Dalyan a couple of times, we hadn't been to Köyceğiz for a good 8 or 9 years, we'd heard the kordon (promenade) had had a bit of a facelift - it seemed a good idea to go onwards to Köyceğiz to see what's going on there these days.

Köyceğiz is a pretty village and very low key. Well, we're on the shores of Lake Köyceğiz here rather than the sea, so maybe that's the reason it is so low key. This whole area - the lake, the village, and the surroundings through the Dalyan Delta to its exit into the sea at Iztuzu Beach are all part of the Köyceğiz-Dalyan Special Environmental Protection Area. This is the territory of panoramic views, wetlands, nesting areas and natural habitat for the loggerhead turtle (caretta caretta), and quite a thing is made of Köyceğiz honey in the village centre, too. Of course, there are lots of people who work really hard to make sure this protection remains intact - nothing remains set in stone in Turkey for too long. Those who know this area will be familiar with 'Kaptan June' (June Haimoff MBE) - this lady is a living legend.

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