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Bodrum Peninsula

Major Villages in Bodrum Region

 
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No other area on the Turkish Aegean Coast provides the visitor with the opportunity to experience traditional Turkish life only a few minutes away from  a modern tourist centre.

 One of the unique features of Bodrum as a holiday resort is that in addition to  recreational opportunities available by day time,  visitors also have  unequalled Bodrum nightlife. 

Ortakent Village and Yahsi Beach

In the centre of Bodrum Peninsula, along the main highway there is this considerably large village of Ortakent which is famous for the attractive 17th century 'tower houses' unique to the area. These tower houses were built by locals for defensive purposes especially to protect themselves from the dangers coming from the sea. The  oldest house is the Mustafa Pasa Tower house built  in 1601.The house, which is built over the rocks, has three floors. 

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Kargı Beach

 Kargı Beach is certainly one of the best beaches in Bodrum Peninsula with its white sand and palm trees and camels for a ride.

Yalikavak 

Situated 18km from Bodrum, Yalikavak's history goes parallel  with that of Bodrum. Today, most of the archaeological remains are either unexcavated sites or unattractive ruins.  It is suggested that the ancient city of Yalıkavak was situated on top of one of the hills.  Few tombstones and city walls still bear witness to history of the town.

Gümbet 

Located at  2-3 km distance from Bodrum, Sınce the swimming possibilities are very limited in Bodrum, many people prefer nearby Gumbet.  Gumbet  recently became very popular resort. The town is named after  numerous white-domed cisterns in the area. Gumbet,  which offers one of the longest and most popular beaches on the peninsula,  is also one of the  popular water sports centers with water-skiing, windsurfing, parasailing. There is also several wind surfing school.

 

Bitez

 Bitez is located at 7 km west of Bodrum, in the bay next to Gumbet. Since the winds here are particularly favorable for windsurfing, Bitez is considered as one  of the best places for wind surfing and this feature attracted several water sports operators to the Bitez Beach. Bitez's sandy  beach welcome tourist from the various parts of the world.

Gundogan

Gundogan is situated at only a few minutes drive in the west of Yalikavak. It is quite and peaceful place which is still more or less unspoiled despite the holiday developments on the surrounding hills. Since the north of the Bodrum peninsula has often a fresh breeze, Many surfers prefer Gundogan Area.

Gumusluk

The classical site of Myndus is situated at Gumusluk.On the other hand, this was not the site of Lelegian city. Myndus was one of the eight major cities on the peninsula, established It is suggested that old Myndus was located in the south east of present site of Gumusluk on the hill now called Bozdag. It was during the Mausolos' time, new Myndus was established at the present site near the modern village called Gumusluk. Since the population of many Lelegian cities had been moved to Halicarnasus to populate the new capital of Caria, it was difficult to populate the city. 

Akyarlar

Akyarlar offers good camping sites and is an ideal place  for wind surfing. It has marvelous scenery of the Greek islands and  it has safe and sandy beaches for children.  Several cafes and a tiny harbor welcome the visitors. Those looking for an accommodation have camping facilities and inexpensive pensions at this quite  place.

Türkbükü and Gölköy 

These two fishing villages are  mention in one name, because they are so  close to each other. ıt is located on the peninsula map east of Yalikavak. These delightful spots are the favorite retreats of many well-known Turkish artists, actors and entertainers who appear at  many small bars and restaurants at night. Several of the more popular restaurants are run by Istanbul couples who have fled the big city.

Golkoy

Golkoy is an inland village by the sea 18km north of Bodrum where visitors also enjoy heavily forested area in the Bodrum Peninsula. The village is divided into upper and lower Golkoy. Since the area was once occupied by Greeks population,  it is possible to see the remains of a number of  churches. Until as recent times, main occupation of the local people was fishing and sponge-diving and the town did not have good roads. With the arrival of tourism starting from 1970s, the town and way of life started changing. 

Torba 

Torba, one of the nearest  villages in the north of Bodrum,  is located  in a charming little bay. There are also the remains of a Byzantine monastery, and nearby is a small path leading to the next bay, which is ideal for a  walk. Torba is only active during the summer months, but due to the  high quality of the summer  homes  is a pleasant  place to visit. Ferries to Didim (ancient Didyma) leave from Torba harbor across the Gulf of Güllük.

Karabag

15 minutes from Turgut Reis situated  the tiny village of Karabag, believed to be the site of the first settlement in the area. The word "bag" means either "vineyards" or "ties", and there are two very different theories as to the origins of the name. One theory has it that the local grapes were of particularly high quality. Another more colorful story relates that a group of Venetian traders were captured and tied up by the local women, with the name "Karilar Bagi" (wives ties) later being shortened to Karabag.

Mumcular

Mumcular former Karaova, famous for tabacco, honey and olive production is located 29 km in the north of Bodrum. Mumcular which has been municipality since 1972 is also famous for carpet production. In the recent years, people in this area decided to put more focus on carpet production. The women of the region do all the work for carpet production. They shear the wool from the sheep and spin it. They do the dyeing with natural dyes and finally do weaving. Most of the homes in Mumcular area are involved with rug production in a certain way. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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