Bodrum is one of the most beautiful regions on the Aegean Coast. It is known as the playground of the rich and famous, and many of them come calling to the upmarket resort of Yalikavak on the north side of the peninsula its a great place to buy a Property in Turkey.
With three yacht lined marinas, great restaurants, buzzing nightlife, fabulous shops and numerous hidden bays and beaches, where you will also find some luxury villas for sale in Bodrum, it’s hardly surprising that it’s attracted so many tourists and superstars over the years. Having said that, Bodrum is not only about buzz and lights, there are so many hidden little escapes within this compact geography that you will be discovering Bodrum even after several years of living there.
Originally known as Halicarnassus, the capital of the kingdom of Caria, Bodrum boasts a wealth of history with recent years changing the landscape significantly. Thankfully modernization has been kind and Bodrum still remains the picture postcard setting we see in the travel brochures. The photos of pretty pink bougainvillaea cascading down the white washed houses and into the sea really are apt, the Castle of St Peter separating Bodrum’s two bays is a stunning spectacle! Bodrum may be a place where traditional sits next to modern, where the atmosphere and beauty lures you in.
Bodrum has a diverse foreign and Turkish community. Many well to do Turks from Istanbul and Ankara have chosen to buy holiday homes around Bodrum peninsula. Bodrum has an ever changing tapestry with strict laws regulating the building and development in the area ensuring it remains idyllic. It’s a great place to buy a Property in Turkey.
There are in excess of 20 small towns and villages scattered along the peninsula, mostly on the coast and with superb sea and island views. After Bodrum Town you will find;
GULLUK Only 10 minutes from the International Bodrum - Milas Airport. Originally a small fishing village, now there are an abundance of fish restaurants serving locally caught sea bass and bream, cafes and eating houses. In addition there are several supermarkets, hotels, and banks plus a multitude of local shops and businesses.
GUMUSLUK On the south west coast of the peninsula is home to the oldest settlement in the Aegean, Myndos. Excavations are constantly ongoing around the protected Rabbit island cove area, where the antique sunken city is located. Gumusluk has a distinctly bohemian feel to it as well as a fairly developed real estate market. It is well known for its waterfront fish restaurants and its low-key coffee house culture.
GUNDOGAN is found on the north side of the Bodrum Peninsula, it is very upmarket and one of the most expensive areas to purchase around the area. The resort itself is small, more turkish, but in the summer months a bustling resort to be in. There is a lovely seafront, with beach area, where you can sit during the day, looking out to sea watching as the lovely yachts visit the bay for the day or just a few hours. Behind the beach area, are small beach bars and restaurants, just enough to take care of your daily needs.
IASOS is a very beautiful area of Bodrum located on the North West Coast overlooking the Aegean Sea and beyond. There are plenty of taxis and a Dolmus bus station in Gulluk where you can travel to other beaches, villages and other places of interest around the Bodrum Peninsula. The coastal town of Bodrum, with its marina, castle and extensive shops, bars and restaurants, is only a 35 minute drive from Gulluk.
KADIKALESI is a small Turkish village situated on the western part of the Peninsula between Turgutreis and Gumusluk. Kadikalesi is a unspoilt area and remains an authentic traditional Turkish village. Life here is centred around the beachfront. The village is surrounded by hills covered with citrus trees, those who love to walk will enjoy strolling through the beautiful countryside. Bodrum town is 23km away, you can reach this by hopping on the local transport which runs on the main road.
ORTAKENT can be reached by driving through the central part of Bodrum. Ortakent is a town of two halves consisting of the central business district and the beach area. The town of Ortakent is situated mid-way between Bodrum and Turgutries. There is a new covered market area which holds weekly food/produce markets on a Wednesday and there is a textile market held every Friday. The beautiful Ortakent beach is situated 3km south of the town. You will find the Ortakent-Yahsi at the end of the beach or if you go on further you will reach the Kargi (Camel) beach.
TUZLA is situated close to the Bodrum Airport and just 10 minutes from Tuzla is the Vita Park Golf Club. The small traditional village of Bogazici is also close by, here you will find small shops, old traditional tea shops and a good selection of restaurants.
YALIKAVAK- is a modern marina town with plenty of investment potential thanks to recently opened Palmarina Bodrum and careful zoning regulations in the area. Yalikavak sunsets are particularly impressive. Yalikavak offers a wide range of houses and apartments including some of Bodrum’s most exclusive mansions nestled in the hills and with amazing bay views. The glorious Yalikavak Beach is very popular and is a favourite of families, couples and friends. This half pebble, half sand beach offers many sunbeds and umbrellas, perfect for relaxing in the sunshine and there is an endless supply of food and drinks from the surrounding restaurants and bars. This makes the perfect day out for all.
What's on throughout 2019
Gundogan Sucuk and Wine Festival - The festival is not just about drinking wine and eating Turkish sausage, there will also be the chance to enjoy some live music. This event is particulary enjoyed by the locals as they see it as an important event in the winter season (last Saturday of February)
Bodrum Bitter Herb Festival - The festival will take place in Ortakent and will showcase healing local herbs and plants grown in and around Bodrum. Dishes prepared by local restaurants will be available to taste, plus there will also be seminars, cultural activities and entertainment taking place throughout the event (9th March - 10th March)
Slow Cheese Bodrum - This will be the 3rd time the international cheese festival has been held. The festival will see local producers displaying their cheese, there will be a tasting section where you can try cheese, honey and olives, plus there will be activities for children such as jam making and cheese making (11th April - 14th April)
Bodrum Bike Festival - This event is organised by the Bodrum Nature Sports Club and will begin at Neyzen Terfik Street and will finish at the Quay Centre. Throughout the day there will be other activities going on as well as dance shows and live music performances (May - date to be confirmed)
International Bodrum Dance Festivals - The Bodrum Dance Club will be hosting a variety of shows, workshops and competitions all of which will be taking part in Bodrum Dance Club, Herodot Cultural Center and Isis Hotel. The dates of the festivals are as follows:
International Bodrum Folk Dance Festival (30th April - 5th May)
International Bodrum Modern Dance Festival (8th May - 12th May)
International Latin Dance Festival (23rd May - 26th May)
Bodrum Music Festival - The festival began back in 2004 and was known as the D-Marin Classical Music Festival. Only last year did it take the name of Bodrum Music Festival. The event is held each year in August and this will be its 15th year. There will be concerts held in the mornings, evenings and at night (4th August - 8th August)
Bodrum Jazz and Pop Festival - Evenings celebrating the music of both jazz and pop will be held at the open-air stage of the Bodrum Marina Yacht Club (1st Sept - 9th Sept)
Bodrum Cup Wooden Yacht Regatta - This annual event is a competition where we see wooden sailing yachts from all over the world compete. There is always a mix of professionals and amateurs who take part (20th October - 27th October)
Ferries between Turkey and Greece
Bodrum to Kos - Bodrum is easily connected with the Greek island of Kos via a short 40 minute ferry ride. The service is available twice a day during the summer months. Kos is famed for its white sandy beaches and stunning crystal blue waters, plus it offers plenty of history to explore.
TUESDAY: Textile market the stalls consist of clothing and bags, bedding and household items.
THURSDAY: Yalikavak Market Day
FRIDAY: The main fruit and vegetable Market, directions;head to the Dolmus Station, and the covered pazar is on the north side of the station.
Things to do!
Overlooking the harbor and the International Marina sits the delightful Bodrum Castle. The Castle is open to the general public and boasts Bodrum’s incredible Museum of Underwater Archaeology and throughout the year hosts many Turkish Cultural Festivals.
Situated between Ortakent and Yashi, is the beautiful Camel Beach. It is one of the quieter beaches, but is still a favourite amoungst tourists as it boasts lovely views and surroundings. A daily boat arriving into the area from Turgutreis is the best way to reach the beach. Home to several camels, Camel beach allows you to enjoy fun Camel rides up and down the beach or you can simply relax in the sunbathing areas. This really is a perfect day out for all the family to enjoy.
Kara Ada Island-
Located just 6 kilometers away from Bodrum is Kara Ada Island, the largest island off the Bodrum Coast. This beautiful island is famous for its healing mineral springs. Boats can pull up to the wooden jetty where at the opposite end you will be able to find the mineral springs. The boats give you plenty of time and the chance to pay a fee to take a dip in the tranquil mineral springs.
One of the oldest and most traditional Turkish Baths in Turkey is the Bodrum Hamami. They are open from 6 am until midnight and cater to all. If you prefer to take a break from fun at the beach and site seeing, then this is the perfect place for you.
Overlooking the beautiful Bodrum Peninsula are the Bodrum Windmills. Seven of the windmills are situated on a hill seperating Bodrum and Gumbet. This is a fabulous spot, as tourists can not only enjoy the delightful sights of the windmills but also the stunning surroundings Bodrum and Gumbet have to offer. Three more windmill ruins can be seen at Yalikavak and another near the harbour.
The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus-
Also known as the tomb of Mausoleum, this incredible building was one of the earliest ‘Wonders Of The World’ and has stood for more than a millennium and a half, making it the longest surviving wonder, although only the base remains. This amazing wonder was built between 353-350 BC and was built for King Maussollos of Karia, as a burial tomb. Come and enjoy the sights of this remarkable ruin overlooking Bodrum city.