Bodrum Turkey - the holiday village with rich history

Bodrum, the ancient city of Halicarnassus, is located on a peninsula within the borders of the province Mugla. With a population of 150.000 (as of 2014), it is a beautiful Aegean city. 

The town’s landmark is a castle, that was built in the 15th century by crusaders.

 

Bodrum, the glamorous city on the aegean coast

Bodrum - the St. Tropez of Turkey

The city of white houses, adorned with blooming bugainvillea, rises up the green hills in terraces and looks over a blue shining bay. The medieval castle alwys remains in sight. 

This is one of the most beautiful holiday areas of Turkey with long, palm-lined beaches and marinas, where fascinating white yachts elegantly grace the bays in the summer. Not far from the city center, it is possible to swim in the clear, comfortably warm and tideless sea.

In the evening, you can relax in one of the numerous restaurants and enjoy delicious seafood and other famous mediterranean specialties with a glass of wine.

You should also stroll along the marina, a popular place, where you can see and feel the hustle and bustle of this city. Watch yachts landing here, carrying tourists from all around the world; or sailing yachts starting for a cruise. Old-fashioned boats like Tirhandil and Gulet are still being built in the famous shipyards of Bodrum. Especially gulets are very popular for tourist charters. This type of boat also takes part in the “Bodrum Cup Regatta”, which is held in October each year.

There is a lively, very friendly and relaxed atmosphere in Bodrum. Little galleries are a meeting point for the turkish art community, known for their medaiterranean easy-going lifestyle. Various pubs, bars, restaurants and some of the best clubs of Europe will keep you far from being bored.

Bodrum - Göltürkbükü – where celebrities meet

Until a few years ago, this place with its white houses, surrounded by large sprawling pink bougainvillea was sleepy, quiet and only accessible by boa, which explains why it remained such authentic. Here, you are likely to meet celebrities from the world of art, music and film when you go for a walk.

At dusk, the jetties are transformed to restaurants and bars, tables and chairs are set up, candles are lit and fire in big barrels are made on the sandy beach. Familiar faces take their places at the tables and the service starts. The exquisite smell of fresh fish, lamb chops and other delicacies fill the air.

Late in the evening, raki bottles are opened and the Göltürkbükü night begins.

Art lovers can visit a museum of a very special kind in this village. Architect Emre Kunt exhibits a collection of historical figures and models in his home.

Behind the village, the island Badem invites you to visit the ruins of the historical city Masanda with two towers, the ruins of a house, cisterns and graves.

Bodrum - Gündogan – a fishing village straight out of the picture book

Gündogan is 25 km away from Bodrum city center and is a place steeped in history. The sandy beaches and crystal clear waters attract more and more visitors each year. It is a bright green fishing village.

The breeze blowing throughout the day even in the hottest summer months like July and August, always provides a deep breath. These favorable breezes are also the reason for Gündogan’s popularity among water sports enthusiasts.

The weekly market in Gündogan is a must! Here you will find handicraft typical for this region like kilim rugs and carpets, vases and items made of wicker. The prices on this market are very cheap compared to other markets on the peninsula. Above the village, there is an area consisting of volcanic rocks with highly interesting rock shapes and hidden rock tombs. But we recommend that you discover this area with a guide and a trekking group. You won’t get enough of the sunsets in Gündogan, but you will definitely get enough food in the fish restaurants, pubs and cafes, which serve delicious foods for every taste.

Boat trips to Apostol Island

Apostol Island can be reached in 15 minutes by boat. The rocky landscape of the island has very interesting shapes. After a 30-35 minutes walk, you arrive at the top where a mainly preserved church from the byzantine era awaits you. During this trip, you can also see cisterns and ruins of buildings which were used by monks in ancient times. You should also visit the Peynir-Çiçeği-Magarası (cheese-flower cave), which is definitely worth seeing with its stalagtites and stalagmites.

Bodrum - Yalikavak, a fishing village with tradition and charm

Looking down to Yalikavak from the windmills up high, you will probably have the most beautiful view of the whole Bodrum peninsula. Tilkicik Bay, Agacbasi Bay and Pasa Bay are perfect natural artworks each. Watch the pure white houses or the fragrant lemon and tangerine groves. Or just lean at the warming natural stone walls of the windmills and enjoy the sunset.

It is a real sensation! At times, you may think that you are in another world. The center with its lovely alleys, taverns and cafés is captivating. Originally, Yalikavak was the harbour of the mountain village Sandima, but in the last decades the habitants left the village to settle down at the coast.

It’s fantastic to swim in the crystal clear sea of Yalikavak. You can also hike or windsurf here. Right by the marina, there are numerous inviting cafés and restaurants with mediterranean delicacies.

Yalikavak practices “soft tourism”. Don’t forget to go on a hike. The village “Geris” (read: gerish) is a special advice: this original village invites you to climb the hill. You will be rewarded with a hiking trail, which is adorned with olive trees and hundreds of different species of Mediterranean plants. When you arrive at the hilltop, a byzantine burial chamber with well-preserved wall paintings awaits you there. Since a few years, Yalikavak, a still dreamy village, has a modern marina where elegant sailing ships and motor yachts winter.

In the pleasant cool of the morning, you will be served a rich breakfast with home-made jam. The weekly market of Yalikavak is held on Wednesdays and is very popular because of a rich choice of famous fabrics produced in Denizli.

Bodrum - Gümüslük, the original small village between Turgutreis and Yalikavak

When you come from Bodrum and pass the Peksimet strait, you will see some windmills on a hill. This is the place where you overlook the charming Gümüslük region. This village is one of the oldest settlements on the Bodrum peninsula. From the bay, you look to the ‘Rabbit Island’, where you can also take a trip to. On this occasion, you can visit the ruins of a sunken ancient city. Gümüslük is a quiet and charming holiday place. The typical village houses close to the sea give additional charm to the village.

When you travel around the peninsula by boat, you will land on the Gümüslük headland near the watchtower. This bay, which has only light swell even during stormy weather, is a very popular landing place for ‘Blue Voyage’ ships. These coasts have obtained the “Blue Flag”, their waters are crystal clear and very clean. Today, the church from the byzantine period is used as a venue for events and culture. Another small church on a hill, which was transformed into a bar, is also worth seeing. Here you can lie on cozy cushions and watch the sea while enjoying your cocktail.

However, the highlight in Gümüslük is the evening, when you can enjoy your dinner composed of fresh fish, delicacies flavored with herbs and lemon and a glass of wine. You must also try the maize-tarts and herb biscuits, farmhouse bread and puff pastries. They will tempt your palate!

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