There are two international airports nearby. You can fly to Izmir’s Adnan Menderes International Airport, which is the closest to us. From there it’s a straightforward drive of about an hour down the O-31 highway towards Aydın. This is a toll road, but if you’re renting a car from the airport the rental company will sort you out with a pre-paid device that will allow you to drive through the toll booths with no problems. Click through on the map’s full-screen link (top right corner) for a larger version and the directions, which show the route as 79km.
The alternative airport is Bodrum-Milas International. For anyone coming from the UK, you may find it easier to get flights to Bodrum, as it’s such a popular place with British tourists. This airport is further away (127 km) but gives you a scenic drive coming past Lake Bafa.
If you’d rather not rent a car, let us know and we can help you arrange an airport transfer taxi service.
Driving: the last few kilometres
If you’re coming down the O-31 from Izmir, you have to look for the Germencik / Söke exit. That comes about 18km after you exit the 3km-long Selatin Tunnel. Then follow the signs to Germencik.
You’ll enter town from the west, along the D-550. You’re looking for the second set of traffic lights in town. Turn left, cross the railway line, then double back along the road running parallel with the railway for about 500 metres until you reach the train station again. At that point the road up through Hıdırbeyli is on your right. Look for the signs to the “Hedef Dağ Termal”, a fancy hotel further up in the hills beyond our place.
Drive up that road for about 2km: you’ll know you’re on the right track when you go past a large white mosque on the right, under the elevated highway, and past the cemetery. Look out for all the speed bumps. Most of the traffic around you will be tractors at this point. Eventually the main road turns to the right, next to the colourful village school, and then at the central village plaza it turns right again. Look for the street name “Ilıca Caddesi“. Our old farmhouse is the last house in town. Look for it on the right, with a blue gate. At the same time, you should be able to see the hotel itself up on the hill above. Look for the white walls and the deep verandah roof over the terrace. Turn up the driveway a few metres beyond and come up to the hotel itself.
We’re on Google Maps, etc., but if you have any trouble finding us on your GPS our exact location is 37.8911 N, 27.5909 E.
If you don’t have a driver’s licence, or you don’t want to drive in Turkey, you can still visit us. There is a regular train service from Izmir airport that stops at Germencik railway station (the line then continues on to Denizli , the large town closest to Pamukkale). Germencik station is just a few minutes drive away from our place. From there you could either catch a taxi (ask for Çetin at the taxi rank on the north side of the station) or phone us and we’ll come and get you.
Turkey’s inter-city bus services are a cheap and convenient way to travel. You can certainly catch an overnight bus from Istanbul down to Selçuk, Kuşadası, or Aydın, which puts you in our general area. From the bus station (otogar) in any of these towns, you should be able to find a dolmuş (small private bus running on a loop between two towns) to get you to Germencik.