Lake Bafa Natural Park and Serçin

Lake Bafa which was part of the Aegean Sea until the Ancient Era, is now located 17 km inland from the shore due to the accumulation of the alluvion carried by The Meander. The lake, located in Aydın and Muğla Province borders, is a place of interest with its natural, historical and environmental importance. It is home to many bird and animal species. Lake Bafa, which is quite shallow, is one of the important bird sanctuaries of Turkey. White-tailed eagle, flamingo, dalmatian pelican, great white heron, spur-winged lapwing and cormorant species can be frequently observed. On the shore of the lake there are natural observation terraces. At the same time it's possible to camp and hike in the region around the lake. Aydın Metropolitan Municipality, in order to protect Lake Bafa natural life area, has realized the "Lake Bafa Recreation Area Project." As part of this project "Serçin Ecotourism Centre" was opened in Serçin Neighborhood on the shore of Lake Bafa.

Serçin Ecotourism Centre, in order to develop different ecotourism activities in the region, put some activities into practice such as; bicycle tours with free bikes, hiking with trained guides, camping, and birdwatching. During the bicycle tour cycled between Serçin-Kışlak and Sobran locale it's possible to see fortifications, castles, cemeteries and monasteries from Byzantine Period.

When it's the full moon and the lake is still a breathtakingly beautiful scene can be viewed from Serçin Kışlağı hills.