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With less than 200 households in the village Çandır retains it's quiet and peaceful atmosphere unlike the tourism centers with late night music blaring and wide screen televisions blaring out football matches. No bars with loud music or busy streets with cars and trucks racing by. The most prevalent sound is that of the tractors the men use for their daily work. Most of the women in the village are quietly busy with making cheese, yogurt, bread and collecting fruits and vegetables as well as gathering edible plants that grow wild on the side of the road. There is not a store in the village and the people of the village can get along quite well without them.

About the Village

Çandır is 100 kilometers away from the capital of the Muğla province and 40 kilometers away from the capital of the Köyceğiz district. Its climate is a Mediterranean climate with an economy based on agriculture and animal husbandry.

Çandır has an elementary school, but has no bussed students. There is no PTT branch or PTT agency (Post Offices) nor is there any health care facilities. Çandır has cement roadways and has electricity and telephone and internet service.

SALİH YUKARLI is the Çandır Köyü Muhtarı. (village mayor)

Organic Gardens and Orchards

There are several citrus orchards and gardens in Çandır Organic Village where fruit, olives and vegetables are grown for the restaurant at the Dalyan Joy Resort owned by the hotel itself, ensuring the highest of standards of quality. These gardens have an Organic Certificate issued by the Muğla Provincial Directorate of Agriculture.

At their resort they serve fresh-squeezed organic orange, lemon and grapefruit juices served from the these organically certified orchards. There is also one-hundred percent naturally produced pine honey from the village of Çandır which features 330 endemic plants and flowers in and around its surrounding hills. Olives and olive oil from the 400 year old trees in Çandır Organic Village as well.

It is the first and only organic village of Muğla Province and one of four in the whole of Turkey. As twilight approaches, you can relax and ponder the rhythm of the river and watch the spectacular sunset over glasses of chilled wine. Tourists visiting this area along the ancient Lycian shoreline also benefit when dining from the fresh fish and blue crab prevalent in the nearby waters.

Local Attractions

Iztuzu Beach is a natural beach with fine white sand which varies between 5 to 6 kilometres in length - depending on the shifts in wind and waves that shapes the dunes and draws the boundary between the river delta and the sea. Iztuzu Beach is the splendid finale of Köyceğiz-Dalyan ecosystem and the place where the Dalyan River meets the Mediterranean. Iztuzu is one of the most important mating and egg-laying grounds of the sea turtles of the Caretta Caretta species on the Mediterranean coast. The Çandır boat coop takes tourists to Iztuzu Beach during the summer as it is only 10 minutes away from Çandır by boat.

All of the sea turtle species living throughout the world have been designated as "endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources(IUCN). Turkey is among the many countries that undertake to protect the sea turtles and their habitats. The arrangement of Iztuzu Beach is so as to ensure the cohabitation of human beings and nature is a great example of adherence to this undertaking and respect towards our environment.

Visitors coming to the holiday resort of Dalyan are all but spellbound at the sight of the six rock tombs carved into limestone cliffs on the other shore of the river. The monumental tombs are visual reminders of a civilization that flourished here thousands of years ago. These tombs were built for the Kings that ruled over the people of Kaunos back as far as the 4th century BC.

The ancient city of Kaunos lies on the other side of the Dalyan River, which connects Köyceğiz Lake to the Mediterranean Sea. It is situated just minutes outside of Çandır and once was an important port city - but the development of Dalyan Delta meant that the area became silted up, isolating Kaunos further from the sea.

If one drives to the top of the village of Çandır on the road to Köyceğiz part of the way there is a natural hot springs named Sultaniye. It overlooks Köyceğiz Lake, on the outskirts of Olemez Mountain. These springs consist of hot mineral water that contains radioactive elements and curative mud. A rarely found element, Radon, means Sultaniye Hot Springs is a thermal therapy center.

The mineral water has a consistent temperature of 40 degrees Celsius - making it curative and soothing for those who have rheumatism problems, joint calcification and muscle exhaustion. The clay mixed with the hot spring water and many minerals is so useful for softening the skin and cleaning. These Mud Baths are approved by Turkish Ministry of Health for their curative and restorative benefits.

Organic Certification

Within the framework of Organic Agriculture Dissemination and Control Project, Çandır Mahallesi of Muğla's Köyceğiz district became an 'organic village'.

Muğla Agriculture Province Directorate initiated the Çandır Organic Village Project in 2013 and it became officially an organic village when the contract was signed with the certification body.

Çandır is a place of natural beauty with a unique cultural heritage surrounded with pine forests and natural resources, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and nearby Köyceğiz Lake.

The village consists of 195 households and a population of 543 and sits at a distance of 40 kilometers from the center of the Köyceğiz district. Every year 120 tons of olive oil is produced from its olive trees - which is the main agricultural product, and 700 tons of citrus fruits along with 300 tons of pomegranates are produced in Çandır as well. There are also 851 individual bee hives.

Eco Tourism

Almost 60 thousand tourists each year come to Çandır to visit the unique beauties like the world famous ruins of the ancient city of Kaunos and the Lykian Kings Rock Tombs. In this context, tourism and agriculture are among the best complementary sectors. Ecotourism is one of the fastest growing sectors today, protecting the environment and taking care of the prosperity of local people and being sensitive to natural areas.

Çandır's proximity to tourism enterprises and the protection of its agricultural lands and cultural structure have inspired the organic agriculture project. Within the scope of the project, the main goal of the project is to contribute to the economy of the local people and to approach their natural and cultural resources in a more protective way with activities such as promotion of organic agriculture and traditional village life, natural and cultural assets and village pazarı house pension.

Tourism and agriculture are among the first to complement each other. Organic production is planned for olive, pomegranate, citrus and various agricultural products in the work initiated by 47 farmers who produce in Çandır.

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