Bodrum is a hotspot for property investment and holiday homes in beautifiul exotic Turkey. There are several resorts to choose from offering villas and apartments in complexes.
Bodrum city center, Gumbet in the next bay, the lovely family resort Bitez, Ortakent half way along the Bodrum peninsula, Akyalar and Turgutreis at the far end with their spectacular views, Kadikalesi and Gumusluk with a wide range of fish restaurants on the middle west coast, Yalikavak with its new Marina up north, Gundogan with its many bays, Turkbuku where the ‘jetset’ of Turkey likes to spend their holidays and the little art village Torba makes the circle of the Peninsula complete.
Here, where the Aegean and the Mediterranean meet, is one of Turkey‘s loveliest holiday resorts, with its long palm lined waterfront and its marina crowded in the summer with elegant yachts. Not far from the town it is possible to swim in unbelievably clear,tideless, warm seas. Underwater divers, especially, will not want to miss the numerous unexplored reefs with caves and majestic rock formations. Multicolored sponges of all shapes and sizes, octopus and other forms of aquatic life are commonly found here. Afterwards, sit idly in one of the many restaurants eating delicious seafood, with wine or some of the other Aegean specialties. Stroll beside the marina, a popular place that beats to the tempo of this town with yachts constantly bringing in tours and tourists from all over the world.
Good camping sites and an ideal surrounding for wind surfers are here. The marvelous scenery of the Greek Aegean islands is just in front of you and it is perhaps one of the safest, sandiest beaches for children on the peninsula. There are several cafes and a tiny harbor. Camping facilities and a couple of small, inexpensive pensions for independent travelers. Still this place has its own tranquil charm.
Gümüs is the Turkish word for Silver. Thanks to strictly enforced building prohibitions, the sea front has kept its original appearance and photogenic fishing village charm. This is the ideal spot for peace and quiet, with the added advantage of many excellent fish restaurants along the small waterfront, where you can sit comfortably next to the gently lapping sea. Your feet are touching historical ground here, it is the harbor of ancient Myndos.
Ortakent occupy the next bay to Bitez following the peninsula round to the west. The very large beach is popular with families, although the water rapidly becomes quite deep. There are several beach side cafes providing inexpensive meals and snacks throughout the day. There is also camping space here. To get to the beach, take a dolls from the main bus station in Bodrum to ‘Yahsi beach’. The village of Ortakent, which means ‘Midtown’ straddles the main Bodrum-Turgutreis road.
Turgutreis and Kadikalesi
You find this little town at the western tip of the peninsula. Named after the famous admiral, Turgut Reis, this is a stroll town in its own right and combines a compact town center with several long sandy beaches. This part of the coast is favored by professional wind surfers as the winds are generally strong. Regular buses connect Turgutreis with Bodrum, and in high season coaches for Istanbul and Ankara leave from the Turgutreis bus station. Kadikalesi, is next to Turgutreis and offers some of the finest holiday resorts.
Turn right on the main road near Ortakent, after 10 km you come to Yalikavak with its small, but busy, center and a harbour where visiting yachts and fishing boats moor cheerfully together. The restaurants in the town center and on the sea front are popular with locals and tourists alike. Here is little beach, but it’s more comfortable to sit in a waterside cafe and watch the world go by. Several buildings have been tastefully restored in the town; a former water cistern has become a small art gallery and a former olive oil press is converted into a kilim showroom where visitors are welcome.