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On sailing into Çiftlik's bay you can use either entrance found on each side of the island. You can expect fresh winds in the afternoon blowing off the land down the valley especially from the northwest. You will find 4 restaurant pontoons vying for your business, by holding and splashing their various tailed mooring lines that they wish you to use, and someone will be waving a coloured flag from each pontoon. Take your pick they are all pretty good. One of the favourites is the furthest right "Rafat Baba" restaurant offering great buffet meals of good quality food and service. Each of the restaurants also have a market to replenish any stores you may need on board. Also there is one larger store that sells swimming, fishing gear and other touristy type gifts.
For the younger elements amoung you Çiftlik offers a wide range of water sports such as Jet sking, water skiing, ringos and bannana boat rides
Çiftlik is surrounded by pine forested trees and the road winds up the mountain, 7 km, to the ancient village of Bayır.
Rafat Baba restaurant view - Çiftlik
Ancient tree 1800 years old - Bayır
In the centre of the village there is a tree said to be 1800 years old and the legend goes that if you walk a full circle around it you will increase your lifetime. It is believed that the village was founded on the top of the ancient city of Syrna and where the mosque now stands, there used to be a temple dedicated to the God of Health, Asklepios. Some traces of the temple have survived.
The acropolis of Syrna is located 2 km to the north east of the village on the top of Yancağız Hill. One can get to the top of the acropolis by using the ancient stone-paved road that is still in use today. The climb takes about half an hour where you can see the acropolis, parts of the city wall, lids of stone tombs and the ruins of buildings. Ancient Syrna was one of the towns of the Rhodian Peraea and is named after a daughter of one of the semi-mythical kings of Caria, who gave her the Loryma peninsula when she married Podaleirus, a son of Asklepios. Podaleirus and his brother Machaon had commanded a contingent of 30 ships in Agamemnon's fleet at the siege of Troy, and afterwards wandered off to Caria, where he met Syrna and he founded the town for his Carian Princess.
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