Eski Doğanbey: a great day trip from Bodrum or Kuşadası

Eski Doğanbey lies on the beautiful Dilek Peninsula, a national park between the Turkish cities of Didim and Kuşadası. The peninsula is a trekkers’ and nature lovers’ paradise that combines some rare Mediterranean fauna and flora with valleys, canyons, and deserted beaches. This truly is a slice of paradise. And amidst all this stunning natural beauty, you’ll find Eski Doğanbey, perched on a hill on the southern side of this peninsula. Eski Doğanbey used to be Greek, which makes sense if you look at the style of the buildings and knowing how close-by the Greek island of Samos is. If you’re into quaint and typical villages, then put this one on your list! It makes a perfect day trip from Bodrum or Kuşadası. You won’t be disappointed, we promise!

Overview Of The Biggest Part Of Eski Doğanbey

Overview Of The Biggest Part Of Eski Doğanbey

Eski Doğanbey used to be Domatia

Of course, Eski Doğanbey had a different name when the Greeks inhabited it. The village was then called Domatia and dates back to 7BC. Like Kayaköy, the popular ghost village near Fethiye, Domatia was part of the population exchange program that marked the end of the Greco-Turkish war in 1923. The Greeks left, and Turkish people came to live in the village they called Doğanbey. Eventually, the circumstances of life made them abandon the village in the late 1800s. They moved to a new settlement in the fertile valley below. That’s when Doğanbey became two villages; an old one now called Eski Doğanbey, and a new one which is referred to as Yeni Doğanbey, or simply Doğanbey.

Pretty Sights Around Every Corner

Pretty Sights Around Every Corner

Perfect Cobbled Streets To Wander Around

Perfect Cobbled Streets To Wander Around

Eski Doğanbey, not a ghost village

Rest assured, the old village of Doğanbey is not a ghost village. It was until around 1990, but then people realized what a beautiful place this was, and they started to buy and renovate the old Greek houses. Today, many of the buildings and homes are fully restored, and the village even has a few sympathetic cafés, a pension, and vacation rentals overlooking the valley and the sea below. While most of the houses were empty during our early December visit, the cafés were open, and the village felt serene but alive. In any case, the old cobblestone streets and many steps of the village have a particular charm.

Still Life In Eski Doğanbey

Still Life In Eski Doğanbey

And Yes, The Village Also Has Sea View!

And Yes, The Village Also Has Sea View!

We’re quite confident that during the summer months when the village is inhabited by artists and city-people escaping their busy lives, the village looks rather different. And depending on what you prefer, that might be a good or a bad thing. But, regardless of what you prefer, this little village has magic in abundance, and it may not take long before more people start to discover it, turning it into a circus, as Şirince can be during high season.

What A Perfect Spot For A Nice Cup Of Coffee Or Tea!

What A Perfect Spot For A Nice Cup Of Coffee Or Tea!

Cross Roads In Eski Doğanbey

Cross Roads In Eski Doğanbey

Take a trip down to the beach

We trust that if you like villages like Eski Doğanbey, you also like pristine nature, scenic rides, and local beaches. If you do, and you are visiting Domatia by car, take the time to turn right when you’re back at the main road after leaving the village. Follow the winding dead-end road along the coast and be left in awe every second of the drive. Once you’ve reached your destination, you’ll find yourself at a lovely little beach with some local fish restaurants. The perfect place to watch the sunset!

The Scenic Coastal Road Of The Dilek Peninsula

The Scenic Coastal Road Of The Dilek Peninsula

 

How to get to Eski Doğanbey

The village is a great day trip from Kuşadası or Bodrum and the easiest way to get to Eski Doğanbey is by car. Leave the İzmir-Aydın highway in the direction of Söke and take the straight road to Doğanbey. The road is well waymarked and there’s a sign to the uphill road taking you to Eski Doğanbey. If you are depending on public transport, you’ll need to take the dolmuş from Söke. You can find the current timetables for public transport to Eski Doğanbey here. Be prepared to walk the last few kilometers and check up front if the service back is guaranteed. The village has a visitor center, which was closed for restoration at the time of our visit. If you have the time, explore other sites in the area such as Priene, Miletus, and Lake Bafa on the other side of the Büyük Menderes Delta valley, which used to be a sea, with the current Lake Bafa as a bay.

Woud you like to visit the area with a local guide? It’s great way to have a guided tour while enjoying a more personal aproach. Check out local guides for tours to Priene and surroundings here.

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