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KIZ KUMU

Upon visiting Orhaniye especially during the morning daylight, you will notice a silvery sparkling, reflection off the turquoise waters of the bay. Witnessing this phenomenon will leave you enthralled and never wishing to leave the place. This is the beach of Kizkumu, one of Orhaniye's claim to fame, where a lengthy sand bar extends to 800m (2,624 ft.) into the bay, allowing you to walk on water.

Kizkumu is a quiet spot just half an hour away from the lively streets of Marmaris. Turkish holiday makers only recently began coming to this bay, which was originally discovered by yachts touring this spectacular coast of inlets and coves. The poor road deterred would-be visitors by land coming here for several years until the asphalt road was built. If you spend a day at Orhaniye and make the acquaintance of local people, you will be able to hear the legend of the maiden who gave this place its name. Once upon a time pirates attacked the village, and to escape their clutches a beautiful girl who lived here filled her skirts with sand and began to build a causeway across the bay. But the sand ran out before she could reach the other side and she flung herself into the sea rather than fall into pirates' hands. Even mundane geological facts do not stop this story lending its own enchantment to this beautiful place.


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