Welcome to Rosmarin Villas, Gocek, Turkey

"Gocek is a little hillside community; a haven amid the scents and sound of the Mediterranean Landscape."
Rosmarin Villa Pool

People say Rosmarin in Göcek has a special magic that gets into one’s heart and soul. The holiday rental villas on the Mediterranean in Göcek, Turkey are architecturally designed  based upon traditional Turkish summer homes, surrounded by beautiful  gardens with views of the Mediterranean  and 12 islands of Turkey in front and majestic mountains behind.

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Beauty and goodies

An excerpt from an email with lovely feedback we received from South African guests who stayed in Villa Azure

An excerpt from an email with lovely feedback we received from South African guests who stayed in Villa Azure

Rodeen and her family live in South Africa and have enjoyed another holiday in Villa Azure, Rosmarin, in our favourite place Göcek. Please click on the image or go to our testimonials page for more guest feedback.


The world’s best yoghurt is in Göcek

The world's best yogurt is in Turkey

Every Sunday we walk down to the Göcek market to buy our week’s supply of fresh yoghurt. The yoghurt is thick, creamy and delicious.  We use it at breakfast, lunch and dinner, with sweet and savoury dishes. The Göcek market is located behind the new soccer stadium. We like to walk back up to Rosmarin but we tend to end up buying too much at the market and have to grab a cab or a ride with a friend.


Pottering around the Bay

When Eileen was out last week she took this video.   Each year we are surprised how many more people have discovered Göcek and come to relax.  There are so many nationalities visiting Göcek but still not many Australians. I think in all our time, since 2004,  we’ve only met one other Australian couple in Göcek.

Lake Köyceğiz

Time for tea? There’s always time in Rosmarin and Gӧcek.

Lake Koycegiz















This picture was taken at Lake Köyceğiz, a short drive from Rosmarin, past Dalaman.

The first time we ventured there we caught a local bus, which was much more fun than driving.

There is also  a weekly market, similar to the Gӧcek Sunday market.

Bookings 2014

We already have deposits for some dates in 2014*. Please book early so we can accommodate you, especially for July, August and September.


Eileen and Anne

* at time of writing September 2013

The ancient Lycian city of Tlos and Saklikent Gorge

This is a day trip that is only about one hour’s drive from Göcek, and one we never tire of, taking family and friends there every year.

Directions from Gocek

Directions from Gocek

Tlos is on the way to Saklıkent Gorge (or Canyon). We generally stop off at Tlos first for a wander around the ruins and then enjoy a relaxing time at Saklıkent Gorge.



Tlos is believed to be one of the most important religious Lycian cities and settlement on the site is said to being more than 4,000 years ago. The walk up the citadel is not too strenuous but if you have vertigo it’s not recommended! The views are stunning from the top, with a panoramic sight of the fertile valley.



For more information on the history these links you may find helpful:




Sakliken canyon/gorge

Sakliken canyon/gorge

We have learnt that Saklıkent is the third largest canyon in Europe. Every year we visit and what still fascinates us since our first visit s to see the start of the river, rushing out of the mouth of the mountain.

As the level of water rises during winter months, visitors can enter the canyon only in the summer. Four kilometers of the canyon are walkable after April, when most of the snow in the Taurus Mountains has melted and passed through on its way to the Mediterranean Sea. Saklıkent means “hidden city” in Turkish. (this information is from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakl%C4%B1kent_Canyon and there is more in this interesting article, http://www.todayszaman.com/news-315501-natural-depths-and-ancient-heights-saklikent-and-tlos.html