Explore the Bodrum Peninsula

None of Turkey’s other holiday destinations offers so much entertainment and nightlife as you will find in and around Bodrum Town. The peninsula is a mecca for the rich and famous, so much so that Ahmet Ertegün, founder and CEO of Atlantic Records brought countless pop stars and celebrities to Bodrum in the 80's when Bodrum was considered an "insider hideaway" paradise.

There are three modern Marinas on the Bodrum peninsula one in Bodrum center, one in Turgutreis and one in Yalikavak, all frequently visited and all offering facilities for shopping, fine dining and of course, whiling away a few hours enjoying a good bottle of wine or a local Efes beer or two. Everyone has a different Bodrum but the real natural treasures are scattered around the peninsula.

Today's Bodrum is a peaceful place attracting millions from all over the world to make an unforgettableThe booming Real estate market in Bodrum has effected the scenary but there are still a lot of protected lands and national parks on the Bodrum peninsula vacation or to live here for ever . This fame is due to the Fisherman of Halicarnassos who made intellectuals and famous writers fell in love with Bodrum.

Beginning at the north east coast of the Bodrum Peninsula is the fishing village Gulluk following the north coast of the Peninsula is Tuzla, a thriving recreactional area on the Aegean coast with stuning resorts such as Flamingo Country Club, Royal Heights and Turquoise now attracting tourists from all arond the world. Close by are Bargilium and Guvercinlik, two delightful waterside villages with a number of quality restaurants to enjoy. Tuzla also hosts one of Turkeys biggest planned golf courses, Vita Park Golf Club which opened its doors to golf enthusiasts in 2010 and which continues to be developed and expanded.

Following the coast road west you reach Torba, is closest resort to Bodrum town center on the north coast, itself a thriving holiday destination, Continue driving north through pine forest and you will reach Golturkbuku, a fantastic resort and the main destination for the Turkish high society, maybe because of the difficult name, or the fancy but expensive beach.

Just 3 miles from Golturkbuku on the way to Yalikavak is Gundogan, an authentic fishing village catching the fresh meltem winds, its always 6, 7 degrees cooler in summer on this part of the peninsula compared to Bodrum Town and the resorts further north. Some 3 miles west from Gundogan is Yalikavak, almost as famous as Bodrum. Yalikavak is the part of the peninsula where the most Europeans live.

Following the coastal road brings you to Gumusluk with its numerous fish restaurants and of course the fabled Tavsan Ada (rabbit island) which can be reached by feet over a narrow underwater path through knee deep water. Another 4 miles south west from Gumusluk is Turgutreis which sports a modern marina and great shopping, especially the market every Saturday which is the biggest on the peninsula.

Turning east on the road from Yalikavak to Gumusluk you will find more than 100 fish restaurants offering the best Mediterenian cuisine. As you head towards Bodrum you will pass through Akyarlar and Yahsi before reaching Ortakent which overlooks the sparkling Aegean Sea and the Greek island Kos. Ortakent and Bitez have good sandy beaches, like Camel beach or Yahsi beach. Near to Bitez is Gumbet with its countless bars and restaurants which competes with Bodrum as a venue for the young and young at heart. Gumbet comes to life at night when all the night clubs, bars and discos open their doors, offering entertainment until dawn.

Bodrum can be reached directly from all big European airports by flight and from Istanbul and the Greek Islands by ferry. Izmir is 3 hours by bus, Marmaris 2 hours, Fethiye 3 hours and Antalya 6 hours away.

Did You Know

Climate

Turkey has a wonderful climate with almost guaranteed sunshine from late April through to late October, even November and December can be great times to visit. 


History

The Bodrum peninsula is an ancient settlement with a rich history. One of the most powerful images of Bodrum Town is St.Peter's Castle which goes back to 1402 and was constructed by the the Knights Hospitaller


Family Friendly

The Bodrum peninsula is an exciting, cosmopolotan destination for those looking for fantastic cuisine, stunning locations and friendly locals. Above all, Bodrum is a safe place to visit and an ideal location for families as well as old and new friends.