t.hoesel Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
August 8th, 2019 Green Lake

Beautiful setting BUT beginning of August there where millions of locals and Russians making party and hear loud music. Music stopped about 10pm and the night was relatively quite but with a lot of wind. I would highly recommend a 4x4 to get here but locals drive here even with their Golfs and Transits (although I wonder how ;-)). In spring or autumn it could be a really nice and quite place. One big bin next to the lake and almost no trash laying around.

August 4th, 2019 Drinking water

Here you can get drinking water out of a natural source.

August 1st, 2019 Camping at the beach

Beautiful place! Quite and no rubbish around when we were there. 4x4 obligatory for the last section. No signal! Our drone is in the lake. In the middle of the beach about 10 meters of shore in 6 meters depth. We could see it (it is white) but not dive so deep. If somebody is a professional diver and can rescue it and send it to us we would be very happy. Address is on it (Germany) đŸ™ˆ

July 29th, 2019 Place at a river (4x4 preferred)

Here is the point where you leave the road to this beautiful spot at a river. When you come down and turn right you can drive till the end. Even at a weekend in peak season there were only a few friendly local families who made their picnic on the other side of the river. In the evening they were all gone. Completely quite at night. No trash around. You can swim in the clear water of the river. It is really refreshing. One of the most beautiful and cleanest spots we had so far in Turkey! 3G to 4G signal with turkcell. Only 4x4
Edit: The mornings we left a local told us that they sometimes open the floodgates from the upper reservoir. So the problem could be that the way back is cut off because of water. Better ask somebody who is around or don't drive too far that you can return before the water gets to high.

July 26th, 2019 Rumkale

Only for tents (maybe bicycle or motorbike possible). Not suitable for vehicles.

July 26th, 2019 Next to river

Nice place next to a river. Even on a weekend in peak season we were completely alone (except of a shepherd). When you drive from Begendik to Kasaba leave the road to the right in a sharp leftcurve. Follow this track for about 3 km (always stay on the main track there several smaller tracks leaving the main track) and you will reach this place (watch google satellite). A lot of flat space for several vehicles. 2wd possible but 4x4 better. No shade. 3G signal with turkcell.
Edit: Next noon came one friendly family from the village to make a picnic. But they left in the evening.

July 25th, 2019 fairy meadow

Not a pretty place and a bit noisy but perfect when you only use it as an overnight stay. Even in the darkness we found a nice place. There is plenty of space for any kind of vehicle and tents. Lot of shade from trees. 3G signal with turkcell.

July 24th, 2019 magical ridge over red valley

We first couldn't find the place because there was a guy at a small hut collecting money. Because nobody mentioned it here before that you have to pay we thought we were wrong and returned. But it is right. You leave the mainroad following the sign “Panoramic View Point“. After some meters you pay 4 TL pp. After another few hundred meters you take the track to the left. There is a closed barrier leading to the smaller point at the end but you can just drive around!

July 22nd, 2019 Lost Building, good shelter

We didn't sleep here but used the sheltered spot for a breakfast on our early way to Göreme. Still the same and perfect in this windy area!

July 19th, 2019 Drinking water

Here you can get drinking water out of a natural source.

July 19th, 2019 Next to the lake

We searched for another place like the “main beach“ because it was totally crowded on a friday afternoon. Most of the dirt tracks around the lake leading to the lake are forbitten for vehicles (only written in Turkish). After we drove almost half around the lake we found this spot next to the lake. There are several dirt tracks leading to this spot. It is completely quite, nobody around (in peak season on a weekend!!!). You only can hear a bit of the road but there is not a lot of traffic. Take care if you want to drive directly on the beach, it is really bad ground (sand and loam). We got stuck and had to dig for at least 4 hours. No shade and 4x4 recommended! 3G to 4G signal with turkcell.

July 16th, 2019 Eden

We were really disappointed about this place! We expected a beautiful spot in the nature but at the end it is only a gravel parking on top of the village. Not pretty and full of trash. It's not worth coming here!

July 14th, 2019 Drinking water

Here you can get drinking water out of a natural source.

July 13th, 2019 Beach picnic area

Could be a really nice place but unfortunately a lot of trash lying around. On weekends busy with really friendly locals.

June 28th, 2019 Turkey/Bulgaria Border

Entering Turkey from Bulgarian. German passport. We arrived at about 6:30am and there were already lot of cars but straight forward border. Really friendly people. First they ask for passports. Next stop at customs they check your registration and insurance (we have a green card) and here they decide of you have to go to the scanner. If so you drive to the scanner, if not they want to have a look in your car and that's it. All in all it took us about 30 minutes (most of it just waiting time). Everything really easy and efficient.

June 28th, 2019 Parking Athletic Ground

Price is now 80 lira but still ok. People really friendly. Toilets and showers could be cleaner but showers have hot water and good pressure.

June 25th, 2019 Camping Ivan

Really friendly people. Small campsite for about 4 or 5 campers on grass. Only one clean toilet and shower sometimes a bit too less. But shower has great pressure and really hot water! Two sinks on side to do the dishes. They also offer laundry service for 2 Euro. A bit hidden, the access road is straight before the petrol station when you come from Lidl. All in all a perfect place to visit Sofia.

June 24th, 2019 Place at the lake

Here you leave the mainroad and follow a dirt track to the lake. Like all the other places in this area busy on sunday afternoons with friendly locals but quite at night. A huge lawn with a lot of space for any kind of vehicle. No 4x4 needed. No shade.

June 24th, 2019 Small spot next to River

Still the same as two years ago. Not a really nice place but ok for an overnight stay. When you are down on the river you can follow different tracks. One even leads to a big lawn where you could put a tent but this place is completely visible from the road.

June 24th, 2019 Drinking water

Here you can get drinking water out of a natural source.

June 23rd, 2019 Lake Mavrovo

Tons of locals on a sunday afternoon. So not really quite. But you can still find a place.

June 22nd, 2019 Great spot on the river

Beautiful place on a lawn. When you drive till the end, there is level place to stay. No shade. 3G signal with t-mobile. Added a picture. Edit: a lot of (really friendly) locals came to visit us. On the one site it was fun, on the other side a bit annoying because you could not have a shower or dinner without having somebody standing next to you and watching you. So if you look for seclusion you should avoid this place.

June 22nd, 2019 Drinking water

Here you can get drinking water out of a natural source.

June 21st, 2019 Beautiful place

On a big lawn next to the (dry) riverbed there is a lot of space for lots of vehicles. Just follow the track from Valbone to Rragam. I think it is doable without 4x4 but you need a bit ground clearance.

June 20th, 2019 Overnight stay

Not a pretty place but ok for an overnight stay before you take the ferry on the next morning. Flat gravel place for any kind of vehicle. You are not visible from the road but you could be seen from the parking lot of the ferry uphill. Next to a small river. No shade. 3G signal with t-mobile.

June 17th, 2019 Drinking water

Here you can get drinking water out of a natural source.

June 17th, 2019 Wild camping

Big lawn by the river. Suitable for any kind of vehicle. The only downside: it is directly on the road so visible from it. Ok for an overnight stay from / to Vermosh as there are not a lot of options in this area.

June 16th, 2019 grassy field on the river

They are building a commercial campsite on this spot but you can still park next to it. High ground clearance necessary because of one steep step in the lawn.

June 15th, 2019 Mechanic for cars and trucks

Because the Toyota dealer in Tirana was too busy we bought our spare part there and ended at this big garage behind the Eri fuel station. They repair any kind of vehicle. They did a great job and even didn't want any money for 2 hours work. Highly recommended (also if we had to pay ;-))

June 15th, 2019 Wild camping

Ok place for an overnight stay as there are not a lot of options along this road. It is a big lawn next to the road. Not much traffic so really quite especially at night. No shade. 3G signal with t-mobile.