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Çomakdağ: where nomadic traditions are kept alive

It is a rare thing, a place where century-old traditions are not only kept alive but are genuinely part of the day-to-day life, especially in a country like Turkey, where tourism sometimes disrupts the natural flow of things. Still, those places do exist, and one of them is Çomakdağ, a collection of three villages, Kızılağaç, İkiztaş, and Ketendere that managed to protect their unique culture up until today. Çomakdağ is nestled in the Latmos Mountains, in between Labraunda and Lake Bafa, not too far from Milas. This is the place you go to if you want to experience how 500-year old customs fit into modern-day Turkey life. Trust us, a visit to Çomakdağ is not a boring trip to an artificial open-air museum, it is an enchanting and colorful walk through a beautiful village where the women’s clothes and headwear add a dash of sparkle to your life.

Chatting At The Tea House In Çomakdağ

Chatting At The Tea House In Çomakdağ

Why you need to visit Çomakdağ

If your base in Turkey is somewhere near the tourist resorts of Bodrum or Didim, and if you’re into seeing something off the beaten track, a visit to Çomakdağ is the perfect day trip. Consider combining it with a stop at Herakleia and while away the rest of the day on the beach at Bafa Gölü. What to expect?

Expect a beautiful setting, with the boulders from the Latmos Mountains as a backdrop, and a scenic drive up to the village.

Expect a warm welcome in a place where locals are happy to see visitors, and honored to share their century-old traditions with you.

Expect a typical, yet unique Turkish village. Characteristic, because it is relatively untouched, unique because of the way the villagers have managed to preserve their way of life, also reflected in the colorful clothes of the women.

Expect to be wowed by the radiant colors of the women’s silk clothing, their headgear embellished with wildflowers and golden jewelry.

In short, a visit to Çomakdağ is a feast for your eyes and your soul. It gives you a unique insight into the traditions of Turkish nomads of ancient Anatolia who settled here some 500 years ago, and how they are kept alive today.

Restored Old Stonehouse in Çomakdağ Turned Into A Shop

Restored Old Stonehouse in Çomakdağ Turned Into A Shop

Gold, Pearls And Flowers That Would Put A Smile On Anyone's Face

Gold, Pearls And Flowers That Would Put A Smile On Anyone’s Face

The village is known, particularly amongst Turkish people, for its striking portraits of the Çomakdağ women and their silk and cotton çemberi scarves with fresh flowers, but also its typical architecture and striking chimney designs. The villagers are used to foreign visitors, and virtually anyone you’ll see will say hoşgeldiniz, which means welcome. The ideal reply to that is hoşbulduk, which will be met with a big smile, just because you’re trying. While most women love to pose and are keen to have their picture taken, some aren’t, so it is best to ask. This is not your typical tourist spot, but the villagers will still try to sell you their beautiful handicrafts and rag dolls. A polite no is enough if you’re not interested, but the dolls and other handmade items make a lovely and unique souvenir, and they are an additional source of income for the villagers whose main source of income is olive growing and silk weaving.

When You Find The Perfect Spot Out Of The Sun

When You Find The Perfect Spot Out Of The Sun

Enjoying A Moment In The Shade

Enjoying A Moment In The Shade

Practical tips for your Çomakdağ visit

If you’re heading to Çomakdağ, we’d advise you not to visit the village on a Tuesday. That’s market day in nearby Milas, which means most of the women won’t be in the village during the day. The easiest way to visit the village is if you’re self-driving. The village lies about 15 kilometers from Milas and is well waymarked from the D525 main road.

If you’re relying on public transport, the best option is to catch a dolmuş from Milas. Be warned, there are only two buses a day, and a third one on Tuesdays (the day we advised you not to visit 😉) At the time of writing, buses to Çomakdağ leave Milas otogar at 6 am and 5 pm, with an extra bus on Tuesdays at 8 am. You’ll find the current timetable on the Muğla Büyükşehir website. The website is only available in Turkish, but we’ve prepared a few guidelines to help you out with that. We’ve also noticed that the District Governorship of Milas made a great video about the village.

The Çomakdağ Women's Headwear Is Totally Amazing!

The Çomakdağ Women’s Headwear Is Totally Amazing!

A Color Explosion With Fresh Flowers

A Color Explosion With Fresh Flowers

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You won’t find any reviews on TripAdvisor on Çomakdağ. So, you’ll have to settle for nearby Milas. Still, if you have any questions, feel free to ask. You can send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

These are the main things you need to remember when visiting:

Don’t visit the village on Tuesday. Most of the women won’t be in the village during the day since they’ll be off to the market in Milas.

The best public transport option is to catch a dolmuş from Milas. There are 2 buses a day, and 3 on Tuesdays (the day we advised you not to visit 😉) You’ll find the current timetable on the Muğla Büyükşehir website. The website is only available in Turkish, but we’ve prepared a few guidelines to help you out with that.

Turkey is a perfectly safe country to travel, except for these risks. Still, you should never travel without proper insurance. We love World Nomads’ travel insurance. We love their philosophy and their take on responsible travel, but also the fact that they cover popular activities in Turkey such as paragliding or balloon rides.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

You must have guessed it already, we’re independent travelers. Joining groups for excursions or activities isn’t really our cup of tea. But we fully understand that not everyone is keen on exploring Turkey on their own. That’s when Get Your Guide comes in handy. They offer plenty of activities and sightseeing tours that you can pre-book online.

If you’re visiting Çomakdağ, you’re very close to other stunning places such as Labraunda, Euromos & Miletus, Bafa, and Didyma. Consider adding them to your itinerary.

If you’re more into a personalized experience while enjoying the services of a guide, Tours by Locals may be what you’re looking for! We just love them! You get the knowledge and assistance of a local, and the experience of independent traveling. Best of both worlds, really.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We love Skyscanner because it’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here. For Milas and Çomakdağ, the nearest airport is Bodrum-Milas.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

You won’t find any reviews on TripAdvisor on Çomakdağ. So, you’ll have to settle for nearby Milas. Still, if you have any questions, feel free to ask. You can send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

These are the main things you need to remember when visiting:

Don’t visit the village on Tuesday. Most of the women won’t be in the village during the day since they’ll be off to the market in Milas.

The best public transport option is to catch a dolmuş from Milas. There are 2 buses a day, and 3 on Tuesdays (the day we advised you not to visit 😉) You’ll find the current timetable on the Muğla Büyükşehir website. The website is only available in Turkish, but we’ve prepared a few guidelines to help you out with that.

Turkey is a perfectly safe country to travel, except for these risks. Still, you should never travel without proper insurance. We love World Nomads’ travel insurance. We love their philosophy and their take on responsible travel, but also the fact that they cover popular activities in Turkey such as paragliding or balloon rides.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

You must have guessed it already, we’re independent travelers. Joining groups for excursions or activities isn’t really our cup of tea. But we fully understand that not everyone is keen on exploring Turkey on their own. That’s when Get Your Guide comes in handy. They offer plenty of activities and sightseeing tours that you can pre-book online.

If you’re visiting Çomakdağ, you’re very close to other stunning places such as Labraunda, Euromos & Miletus, Bafa, and Didyma. Consider adding them to your itinerary.

If you’re more into a personalized experience while enjoying the services of a guide, Tours by Locals may be what you’re looking for! We just love them! You get the knowledge and assistance of a local, and the experience of independent traveling. Best of both worlds, really.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We love Skyscanner because it’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here. For Milas and Çomakdağ, the nearest airport is Bodrum-Milas.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

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