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YATAĞAN

  A Town called "Sabre"                                                       Population: 45,000

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Old name: Ahiköy

Market days: Wednesday, Saturday

At first glance the small town of Yatağan doesn't look very promising. Poking about in the back streets, however, it's still possible to find the odd corner that reflects the same sort of attractive architecture as the older parts of Milas and Muğla, with fine tall chimneys and pleasing, albeit more simple, double doors. 

Finest of the houses is the newly restored Hacı Ömerler Evi, a fine two-storey house with a wide open-fronted top-floor terrace that once belonged to a local camel owner, Hacı Ömer Tekin (hence the otherwise naff model camel in the grounds). To the right of the entrance what was once the camel stable is now a conference room. 

The lower storey that would once have been used for storage has been adapted to house meetings, while the two main upstairs rooms have been refurnished as they would have been in their early 20th-century heyday. One of them has a lovely pine ceiling with a huge star as its centrepiece. Both have fine plaster fireplaces.yatagan2

Elsewhere in town the only other really interesting building is the single-storey old schoolhouse designed in the First National Architecture style and now used for vocational training.

Note that if you drive north towards Çine you will pass some spectacular rocky scenery, well worth pausing to explore.

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Transport info

There are local buses to Yatağan from both Muğla and Milas as well as buses to Bodrum and Marmaris. The buses from Milas to Yatağan leave from just outside the köy garaj.

For the time being (May 2015) the Yatağan bus terminal is still in the town centre.

Day trip destinations

Alabanda

Alında (Karpuzlu)

Çine

Lagina

Milas

Muğla

Stratonikeia

Turgut

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