Bodrum, the unmissable peninsula of Turkey, by the Aegean Sea and 20 minutes by ferry from Cos (Greece). It’s not just for party people! We go to Bodrum to relax, soak up the sun from May to October, eat good mezzes and taste excellent Turkish cuisine, stroll through the beautiful alleys of the city for shopping, or to relax in the countryside surrounded by olive trees, far from the noise and why not make a yoga retreat. Take advantage of this atmosphere that reigns throughout the peninsula. Bodrum is known worldwide for its gullet cruises, its coves and the quality of its water. Of course, for night owls, there is also plenty to do!
What to do in Bodrum ?
The beaches: On the south coast, Bardakçı, Gümbet, Bitez, Akbük, Ortakent Yalısı, Aktur, Karaincir, Bağla and Akyarlar have beautiful beaches. Campers and windsurfers meet in Gümbet while in Bitez the bright colors of sailboats and yachts brighten up the bay. On land, on the edge of the beach, the orange and mandarin tree plantations offer walkers their tranquility. Ortakent has one of the longest beaches in the region. In Karaincir, one of the most beautiful beaches on the Bodrum peninsula, the days by the sea are lively and the evenings peaceful with the villagers. Finally, Akyarlar enjoys a deserved reputation for the finesse of its sand.
On the west coast of the peninsula, the beaches of Turgutreis, Gümüşlük and Yalıkavak are ideal for swimming and water sports. In Turgutreis stands the monument in honor of the Turkish admiral of the same name, a native of the city. In Gümüşlük, the old port of Myndos, it is easy to make friends among a welcoming and dynamic population. In Yalıkavak, houses painted white and covered with village bougain line up along the narrow streets; the small cafes and the few windmills form a picturesque setting.
You can visit the north coast of the peninsula; Torba, Türkbükü, Gölköy and Gündoğan by road. The small windmills that surround the hills covered with olive trees are still used to grind the grain. Torba, 8 km north of Bodrum, is a modern village with a marina and vacation homes. Gölköy, Türkbükü and Gündoğan are simple little fishing villages, containing a few taverns and overlooking a pretty bay. You bathe in its cave whose hot mineral sprays escaping from the rocks are supposed to beautify the skin.
Gastronomy: Turkish cuisine benefits from the Ottoman heritage and is at the crossroads of Asian, Oriental and Mediterranean flavors. Indeed, Turkish cuisine has been enriched by the migrations of Turks over the centuries, from Central Asia to Europe and was influenced by its neighboring countries. Discover the pides (Turkish pizza), the fish, the dried beans (kuru fasülye) and the cheese, the kebabs (grilled meat in Turkish), its mezzes, spices and desserts including the famous baklava.
Nightclubs: Bodrum and its surrounding villages have many world class discothèques, nightclubs, bars, "Clubs with live music" and "Karaoke bars". The natural beauty and calm of the day give way to the endless rhythm of entertainment in Bodrum. Bodrum nightclubs and clubs also add unforgettable color to Bodrum nights with "live" entertainment and nighttime activities. Club Catamaran, Marina Yacht Club, Eva Klein, Club Posh, Club Mood are the places that will make you spend an evening of madness.
Recreational and sports activities
Sea, mountains, forests and plateaus crossed by many rivers allow the practice of a multitude of outdoor activities: hiking, cruising, windsurfing, catamaran, diving, sea kayaking, tennis, horse riding, golf and much more.
Trekking is practiced throughout the peninsula (also horse riding and mountain biking). Hikers will not miss anything.
Regarding cruises, the most classic is the Blue Cruise (Mavi Yolculuk) along the Aegean or Mediterranean coast. This cruise can be done either by schooner or by sailing boat, leaving from all the villages of the Bodrum peninsula. By schooner, you will be accompanied by an on-board team; by sailing boat, you can rent with or without a crew.
Who makes the selection ?
Our selection is based solely on our own experiences and those of the friends who live in Bodrum. It is partly based on a paid system. The general referencing visible on the home page is only oriented in the interest of the users of our site dedicated to Bodrum. The proposed venues are intended to be as objective as possible for an audience composed of both casual visitors but also for residents and expats living in Bodrum.
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