and Yalikavak.

Bodrum and the resorts of the Bodrum Peninsular of Turkey holiday travel guide.

Around and about bohemian Bodrum.

Bodrum is the premier holiday resort of the Bodrum Peninsular, situated on the Aegean coast of Turkey. A lively and vibrant town abundant in restaurants, bars, shops and and some of the best nightclubs in Turkey. You may think that Bodrum is more suited to the younger holidaymaker, think again, there is plenty to do and see for all age groups. Bodrum is without doubt the most convenient resort to be based for touring the peninsular. Seek out the many smaller, quieter and more relaxing beach resorts that can be easily reached by using the local transport. There are a several good beaches in and around Bodrum, the nearest of which being Gumbet, just on the outskirts of town.

In Bodrum itself there is much of interest. The Castle of Saint Peter, overlooking the bay and marina; walk around the battlements for amazing views over the sea and harbour. Within the castle is the Museum of Underwater Archaeology housing one of the oldest shipwrecks ever found - the shipwreck of Uluburun, of the late Bronze Age, its artefacts are on display. The ancient theatre is also well worth a visit, the best place for photographing the superb view over Bodrum. Myndos Gate, part of the old walls of Halicarnassus, the Mausoleum, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, though not a great deal of it remains. Visit the windmills for a stunning view over Bodrum and Gumbet bays.

Dedenham Aqua park located on the outskirts of town, is the largest water and amusement park in Turkey. The local agents in Bodrum arrange day excursions. Trips to the nearby Greek Island of Kos and ancient Ephesus are also good days out. Bodrum offers the holidaymaker much to do and see for a fabulous break in the hot sunshine of Turkey.

Videos - tour of Bodrum, Bodrum Castle and aerial trip over Yalikavak.

Nightlife in Bodrum.

The nightlife can be quite hectic if you want to really let your hair down. The Halikarnas disco; right alongside the Castle is the largest, and possibly the loudest, in Turkey. Foam parties are their speciality, a quite mind-blowing night on the town! Club Catamaran, also by the castle, has a glass dance floor so that the fish can look up and wonder what the hell is going on! Strolling around you will encounter the many discos and bars with live music.

The marina is lined with excellent restaurants, some of which have an ice cold mist descend on you, cool ! Try the local beer, Efes, served in a frosted glass. Turkey's favourite tipple is Raki, a strong aniseed short, be careful if you want to find your way back to your hotel ! If you like coughing your heart up, have a go at a Nargile {Hookah}, there are many flavoured tobaccos to try.

Up and coming Yalikavak.

Yalikavak is becoming one of the most popular holiday resorts of the Bodrum Peninsular of Turkey; though Yalikavak's serene atmosphere is maintained. Yalikavak still has the feel of a relaxing retreat, the jet-setting Palmarina does not, as yet, intrude on this.

In Yalikavak town are many bars and restaurants, mostly alongside the beach or harbour. Yalikavak has more of a 'village' atmosphere and you will soon find yourself in the community, the locals are extremely friendly and welcoming.

The beach is long and narrow with several bathing jetties to swim or fish from. The sea is sparkling clear, great for snorkelling. Yalikavak is also famous for it's beautiful sunsets, lovely to witness whilst enjoying your evening meal or drinks. For shopping go to the famous Yalikavak Thursday market, great bargains to be found, especially if you barter.

Palmarina Yalikavak.

Palmarina, once known as Port Bodrum Marina, is the most modern marina development in Turkey, comprising all that the yacht-goer could need. Palmarina is a jet-set marina with visiting yachts from around the world and boutique shopping, boutique hotel, art galleries restaurants and cafes. Within the area of Palmarina, Yalikavak, is the modern open-air Amphitheatre which seats 2500 and is the venue for musical and artistic events. On Wednesday nights at nine thirty it becomes the ‘Moonlight Cinema’.

Nightlife in Yalikavak.

Palmarina has recently seen the arrival of the latest of the world famous Billionaire Clubs, on Palmarina Island. The island also incorporates Billionaire beach which has a 700 sqm swimming pool containing natural seawater. Palmarina Island also boasts a fine-dining experience provided by the Cipriani and Sait Restaurants.

Nightlife in the rest of Yalikavak, away from the marina, is a more sedate affair mainly centred on the towns bars and restaurants. A lovely walk, especially in the evening, is along the beach from the old boatyard area, through the town to Palmarina, passing many bars and restaurants on your way.

Bodrum Castle.

Bodrum Castle, Holidays to Bodrum, Turkey.

The Castle of St.Peter overlooking the bay and marina.

Yalikavak beach.

Holiday beach view Yalikavak, Bodrum, Turkey.

Yalikavak beach. Many of Yalikavak's restaurants and bars are located alongside the beach.

The Bodrum Peninsular? {Map}

The Bodrum Peninsular on the Aegean coast of Turkey is fast becoming one of Europe’s top holiday destinations due to it’s fantastic climate, it's long hot summer season, it's affordability, historic attractions, the best of which being Bodrum Castle and trips to the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, the incredibly friendly and hospitable inhabitants coupled with an abundance of lovely picturesque, tranquil small coastal fishing villages and beach resorts, which are so easy to tour around, and of course, the beautiful bohemian resort of Bodrum, a holiday town that likes to stay awake until the sun rises.

The Peninsular is foreign, friendly, exciting and memorable. Once you have visited Bodrum, you will surely return one day.

Other holiday resorts to visit include: Gumbet, Bitez, Turgutreis, Myndos [Gumusluk], Torba, Akyarlar, Karaincir, Ortakent, Yaliciflik and Golturkbuku.

Boat trips to the nearby Greek Island of Kos or other resorts, taking in lunch and a swim, can be arranged on the Gulets {sail boats} that you will find moored all along the marina.




Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

Dedenham Aquapark.

Turkish Newspaper in English.


Palmarina, Yalikavak.


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