Bodrum is one of the prettiest seaside resort towns on the South Aegean coastline. It's the most international of Turkey's summer towns and is renowned for it's foreign restaurants, party town atmosphere and bohemian lifestyle. Situated between Kusadasi (to the north) and Marmaris (to the south) it lies at the neck of a large penninsula that incorporates such villages as Turgutreis, Bitez, Yalikavak and many other charming fishing villages.
Located on the southeastern shore of the Bodrum Penninsula, the town is built on twin bays separated by the massive Castle of St. Peter. Tiny, white soapbox houses, characteristic of Bodrum, rise from the town and carpet the surrounding hills and mountains. Shadows of the Greek island of Kos are visible on the distant horizon.
Bodrum has something to offer everyone whether it be feasting, drinking, dancing, shopping, sunbathing, sailing or sightseeing – day or night, Bodrum never stands still. On the west side of the harbour, you will find the more up-market part of Bodrum, where millionaire yachts jostle for gaps in the Yacht Marina. All along this side, you will find restaurants and bars with a slightly more ‘sedate' and sophisticated atmosphere where you can survey the unique wooden gullets (sailing boats) returning from their day's voyage. The centre of the harbour is the focal point in Bodrum. The pedestrianised bazaar area is a maze of narrow winding streets crammed with shops, restaurants, bars and discos and Yalikavak is one of the best resort of this lovely Peninsula.
Yalikavak is renowned for being one of the most important fishing villages on the Turkish Aegean coastline, from here one can watch the local fishermen and sponge divers heading out to sea. It is a charming village which has white-washed houses that are nestled in a secluded cove. It's cobbled streets are decorated with an abundance of colourful bouganvillaea.
Shopping : The larger supermarkets include Tansas, Migros, Kipa (Tesco) and Carrefour. The Oasis Shopping Centre is an open-air complex, which boasts a cinema (air-conditioned with films shown in English with Turkish subtitles), small children's play areas, designer shops, boutiques and Burger King.
Bodrum : Tuesday Friday / Gumbet : Sunday / Yalikavak: Thursdays
Getting Here : During the summer season (May – October) there are many charter flights that operate from many regional airports of the UK, Ireland and across Europe to Bodrum and Izmir Airports. In the winter season (November – April) 03 direct charter flights operate weekly from London Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham. Year round scheduled flights operate daily from many European and American cities to Istanbul's Atatürk Airport, and from there you can get a connecting flight to Bodrum or Izmir Airports.