bodrum peninsula towns of turkey
Yalikavak is on the western side of the Bodrum Peninsula only a 20 minute drive from Bodrum. Formerly a fishing village for the Bodrum area, Yalikavak is now one of the most elite towns on the Peninsula.
The new and trendy Palmarina Bodrum (Yalikavak's improved and enlarged yacht marina) is now one of the most striking marinas along the Turkish coast. It accommodates some of the most luxurious yachts along the entire Mediterranean as well as trendy cafes, restaurants and many branded shops. Yalikavak is home to some of Turkey’s best waterfront restaurants, bars, and cafes with a vibrant town centre. Despite undergoing significant infrastructure improvements, Yalikavak still preserves its natural charm. Thursday is market day and a great opportunity to experience authentic Turkey. There are also many little beaches, including two blue flag beach clubs.
Yalikavak is surrounded by hills which give some spectacular views of the town and nearby Aegean coastline. There are a number islands large and small off the coast of Yalikavak as well as several secluded bays forming different districts of Yalikavak
The peaceful village of Gumusluk is one of the oldest settlements on the Bodrum peninsula standing on the site of the ancient Carian city of Myndus. Because of this, Gumusluk is protected against developments, which means it has not been over developed.
Today Gumusluk retains a small-scale, relaxed and magical atmosphere thanks to strictly enforced building prohibitions, designed to protect the ancient site. Gumusluk is the perfect antidote for modern-day living, it’s a great place to unwind in an idyllic setting. Bars & Restaurants are also forbidden from playing music too loud!
The wonderful shelter of the bay provides a natural harbour for yachts and local fishing boats, and the waterfront restaurants enjoy a reputation for excellent fresh fish amongst the Turks as far away as Istanbul. Gumusluk is famed amongst many famous Turkish actors, artists and musicians who frequent the bay during the summer months.
Rabbit Island, famous for its rabbits scurrying around, offers a magnificent panorama of the bay, and separates the two well-sheltered bays of Gumusluk. It is easily accessible by a partially sunken causeway.
Gundogan is situated between Yalikavak and Turkbuku on the Northern side of the Bodrum Peninsula. It is 25km from Bodrum and 7km from Yalikavak. Gundogan is a small traditional town on the Bodrum Peninsula. Historically, it was known as Farilya, today it is referred to as Gundogan, meaning “sunrise”. The ancient Lelegian city of Madnasa is nearby, and ancient rock formations to the east of the town are still visible.
It is still an important town for sponge diving, fishing, olive and tangerine growing. The old and also new settlers have protected the character of the town.
New developments have not touched the older houses surrounded with trees of mandarins, olive, pomegranates, bananas and oak. The scent of orange trees welcoming visitors along the sea-side still remains.
Hillsides in this area of the Peninsula are shrouded in pine trees, and give Gundogan a different vibe than some of the more barren looking parts of the Peninsula. These hillsides are perfect for hiking and to explore the area for Leleg ruins. Gundogan is where many Turkish families from Istanbul, Ankara, etc have holiday homes which they visit each year which gives the town more ‘Turkish in feel compared with some other neighbouring towns.
Gundogan has become come popular with developers investing in the area, building smart hotels and holiday homes inhabited and frequented by tourists from other countries. It is now a very smart, cosmopolitan area but retains its traditional charm.
Restaurants, cafes and boutique hotels line the horseshoe shaped beach. There are wooden jetties stretching out from the beach over the water with large colourful cushions and loungers provided for sunbathing and dining. Boutique hotels mix with traditional eating places, giving the area a traditional and chilled out atmosphere. A great place to take easy and relax!
20 km from Bodrum, Turgutreis is the second largest town on the Bodrum Peninsula. Turgutreis has several settlements outside the town center with the coastal villages of Kadikalesi, Akcabuk, Akyarlar, Bagla and Aspat falling within its boundaries.
Although it goes back only ten years as a popular resort, Turgutreis has a five-hundred-year history as a settlement.
The town is named after the Ottoman Admiral Turgut Reis, who was born here five hundred years ago in the present-day village of Karabag. But the history of Turgutreis, pre-dates ancient Greece, going back to the Leglegians, as is evidenced by the rock-cut tombs on the Turgutreis hills.
Turgutreis is a fast-growing coastal town. A tiny village on a narrow, dirt road just over ten years ago, today it is a hub of tourism, with its endless beaches, its own unique street of bars, the D. Marina, an enormous open air market, giant supermarkets, and a covered bazaar, Turgutreis is fast becoming an alternative to Bodrum itself.