Sarigerme is the name given to the stretch of beach close to the small town of Osmaniye in the Dalaman area, which has almost become synonymous with the town itself.
With a tradition of agriculture, the region produces cotton, citrus fruits, and vegetables . The unremarkable town of Dalaman is becoming increasingly targeted by the tourist market since the introduction and subsequent expansion of the international airport just out of town. While the town itself may not offer much in terms of rustic charm, visitors are still able to catch a glimpse of real Turkish life, while enjoying the shops and restaurants which have appeared along with the tourists, and the surrounding countryside is still green and untouched.
Sarigerme is a true haven for the holiday-maker, with its pine-fringed sandy beach and seven kilometres of shallow waters, and the recent investment in this stretch of coast means that great care is taken to maintain the beach and services, which include sun beds, umbrellas, cabins, toilets, and food and drink outlets – for a small entrance charge.
The building of the new five-star Hilton Golf Resort and Spa, which opened summer 2009, has brought with it significant interest from investors and buyers alike, and the Turkish government also plans to develop the marina, hotels, and the residential area nearby. Furthermore, the first golf course planned for the region is due to open in the next few years thanks to the increased government spending. Such plans have inevitably – and justifiably – resulted in a hike in land and property prices in the Sarigerme area.
Nearby is white water rafting on the Dalaman river, and the pretty island of Babaada just off the coast is a refuge for yachters and boaters who moor there on their way between Göcek and Marmaris, while the rockier far side of the island is also good for diving. Braver souls swim from the coast to the island itself and are rewarded with magnificent views of the scenery beyond the beach and town of Osmaniye, a modern town which has yet to bloom under tourism, despite its location just 850 metres from the beach.
Buying a property in Sarigerme means just a twenty-minute hop to the airport, easy access to golf and the beach, and prices which reflect its accessibility and natural beauty.