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One of the
unique features of Bodrum as a holiday resort is that in
addition to the active recreational opportunities available by day
and the unequaled Bodrum nightlife, so many more tranquil bays,
beaches and villages are available to enjoy.
No other area on the Turkish Aegean coast provides the visitor
with the opportunity to experience traditional Turkish life only a
few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of a modern tourist
Gümbet Only 2-3 km away from Bodrum this
place recently became almost a resort unto itself. Gümbet (named
after Kümbet - these numerous white-domed cisterns in the area)
features one of the longest and most popular beaches on the
peninsula. Gümbet is also one of the most popular water sports
centers with water-skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, etc.
The popularity of Gümbet has also generated serious nightlife and
the streets of Gümbet vibrate till dawn with the music from
numerous bars, discos and street side-cafes
lies 7 km west of Bodrum, in the bay next to Gumbet. The winds
here are particularly favorable for windsurfing and several water
sports operators are based here.The beach is sandy, with plenty of
sunloungers and umbrellas for sunbathing,Away from the beach it is
possible to wander through mandarin orange groves where oxen
plough and life continues as before.The village itself is a 15
minute walk, or short drive, inland and remains totally unspoiled
by tourism.The only Turkish Delight (Lokum) to be made on the
peninsula is made here.
Dolmuses leave for Bitez every 20-30 minutes from the main bus
station in Bodrum.
Ortakent and Yahsi
Ortakent & Yahsi occupy the next bay to Bitez
following the peninsula round to the west. The very large beach is
popular with families, although the water rapidly becomes quite
deep. There are several beach side cafes providing inexpensive
meals and snacks throughout the day. There is also camping space
here. To get to the beach, take a dolls from the main bus station
in Bodrum to 'Yahoos beach'.The village of , which means 'Midtown
straddles the main Bodrum-Turgutreis road. The village is
unremarkable except for the distinctive 17th century 'tower houses'
unique to the area and built for defensive purposes.Also with
their own Web site now
Turgutreis You find this little town at
the western tip of the peninsula. Named after the famous admiral,
Turgut Reis, this is a *stroll* town in its own right and combines
a compact town center with several long sandy beaches. This part
of the coast is favored by professional wind surfers as the winds
are generally strong.Regular buses connect Turgutreis with Bodrum,
and in high season coaches for Istanbul and Ankara leave from the
Turgutreis bus station.
Kadikalesi, is next to Turgutreis and offers some of
the finest holiday resorts.
Gündogan Only a few minutes West of
Yalikavak a place that can be really called peaceful. It is little
village which is still more or less unspoiled despite the holiday
developments on the surrounding hills. Here in the North of the
peninsula a fresh breeze often comes . A reason why many surfers
prefer this bay.
is the Turkish word for Silver. Thanks to strictly enforced
building prohibitions, the sea front has kept its original
appearance and photogenic fishing village charm. This is the ideal
spot for peace and quiet, with the added advantage of many
excellent fish restaurants along the small waterfront, where you
can sit comfortably next to the gently lapping sea.
Your feet are touching historical ground here, it is the harbor of
right on the main road near Ortakent, after 10 km you come to
Yalikavak with its small, but busy, center and a harbour where
visiting yachts and fishing boats moor cheerfully together. The
restaurants in the town center and on the sea front are popular
with locals and
tourists alike. Here is little beach, but it's more comfortable to
sit in a waterside cafe and watch the world go by. Several
buildings have been tastefully restored in the town; a former
water cistern has become a small art gallery and a former olive
oil press is converted into a kilim
showroom where visitors are welcome.
camping sites and an ideal surrounding for wind surfers are here.
The marvelous scenery of the Greek Aegean islands is just in front
of you and it is perhaps one of the safest, sandiest beaches for
children on the peninsula. There are several cafes and a tiny
harbor. Camping facilities and a couple of small, inexpensive
pensions for independent travelers. Still this place has its own
Hinter Kizilagac befindet eine der schönsten Ferienanlagen der
Halbinsel - das vom Schweizer Konzern betriebene Seagarden.
Vorbildich zwischen drei Buchten gelagert, kann der Tourist alle
Annehmlichkeiten eines solchen Komplexes genießen.
little village is hiding in a charming little bay. Heading North
of Bodrum Torba is the nearest village. It is only active during
the summer months, but due to the generally high quality of the
holiday home developments is a pleasant and relaxed place to visit.There
are also the remains of a Byzantine monastery, and nearby is a
small path leading to the next bay, which is ideal for a little
light walking. Ferries to Didim (ancient Didyma) leave from Torba
harbor across the Gulf of Güllük.
Türkbükü und Gölköy
These two fishing villages we will mention in one,
because they are close to eachother. You find them on the
peninsula map east of Yalikavak. These delightful spots are the
favorite retreats of many well-known Turkish artists, actors and
entertainers who enliven the many small bars and restaurants at
night. Several of the more popular restaurants are run by Istanbul
couples who have fled the big city.