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As the blurb says, this is the only proper guide to the area which includes walks. I'm well used to the Sunflower Landscape and 'Walk and Eat' guides, but this was the first one in the 'Complete Guide' series that I have used. As a keen walker, I found that information on possible walks in the area was very limited, but there are plenty of walks in this book, along with more general travel information and historical perspectives etc. I was staying in Marmaris and I did three of the walks. The best one was Turunc to Icmeler, a fabulous hike with absolutely precise directions. The general travel information to the region was also useful, particularly as it was my first visit to Turkey in 35 years! Highly recommended and a good alternative to the Rough Guide - more local information and of course, the walks.
As walkers without our own transportation, this guidebook gave us the information we needed to confidently and easily take mini-vans (dolmus) from the Bodrum bus station to the start of walks. The dolmuses were inexpensive, had signs which identified their destinations and were frequent, even during the off-season. During our mid-November stay, we were usually the only tourists sharing this transport with locals. As the book clearly states, there is a lot of construction going on in the area, which sometimes makes it necessary to find alternative routes. The key is that the book gets one to the starting point. From there,when a route seems to no longer exist,, persistence in combination with the book's maps and a Smart Phone with a google map will probably lead you to the final destination. If not successful, one can make your way to a main road and easily flag down a dolmus destined for Bodrum. We did walks 2, 4 and 8 and enjoyed all three, especially walking through olive and orange groves, beside ruined stoned buildings, seeing women doing their laundry beside a stream, and views of the coast below. Along with the walks, we also appreciated that this book did not overstate what Bodrum and other locations had to offer - refreshing in light of the guidebook current trend (in our opinion) of over marketing and romanticizing destinations.
We used one of the old editions (written without the assistance of the German author Michael Bussmann) and did some of the walks around Turunc (Marmaris). We were very glad to found this hiking guide, because it is very difficult for a tourist in this area of Turkey to get information about the possibility of hiking. With the help of this book it is possible to find some of the overgrown pathes and reach fantastic view points.