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Situated on the Aegean coast of Turkey, the Bodrum peninsula is the playground of the rich and famous but also the haven of budget holidaymakers. It manages to achieve a harmonious blend of Western and modern influences with traditional roots as a small fishing village.

It first gained fame in the 1950s thanks to Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı who was the famous “Fisherman of Halicarnus.” Exiled to the region in 1920 because of his political views, the devastating news turned out to be a blessing in disguise. He fell in love with the sandy beaches, strutting coastline ruins, blue waters, and friendly locals of the small villages.

While writing about his travels, the people he met, and his newfound love for the region, he also invited friends to enjoy the excitement with him and word soon spread. Boat makers in the area adapted the old style-fishing vessel of a Turkish gullet boat, to a new style so they could accommodate many who were flocking to the region to sail the Turkish Riviera. The boom in tourism for the Bodrum region had begun.

Holiday Resorts to Visit

There are many to choose from including Bodrum town centre itself. This is the most convenient location because it is near to all major landmarks such as the castle and museum. It also accommodates everyone by providing varied styles of everything from five star luxury hotels to budget bed and breakfast rooms, from fine eating establishments to roadside cafes selling street food. The town centre is also best for anyone seeking an active nightlife scene.

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Bodrum town centre, Gumbet is a neighbouring resort. Although British visitors have heavily influenced the atmosphere and lifestyle, it is cheap, has a long sandy beach and a variety of water sports to keep teenagers entertained.

Turgutreis is small yet busy enough to attract couples, families, and solo travellers. This resort has quite a few art galleries because it is a haven for inspiring artists. There is one main beach in the centre but around the surrounding coastline are many small coves and bays should you want to get away from the crowds.

Yalikavak is popular with the ex-pat community. A long beach centres the resort that eventually leads up the hillside to pine tree forests. This resort is well known for the windmills in the centre and fishing enthusiasts will appreciate the boats for hire at the harbour. Get ready for an orange, vibrant sunset as well.

Bitez is another destination popular with British holidaymakers. Although not large when compared to places like Bodrum town centre, it still provides everything for an ideal break. The local market on Wednesdays attracts everyone, while visitors first normally head to the historic 17th century Mustafa Pasa tower.

If you want upmarket and luxury, the best resort to head to is Golturkbuku. It is a favourite destination for the rich and famous of Turkish society. Hotels, beach clubs, and restaurants all focus on providing top class service no matter what the price.

Further Reading

More information about Bodrum and the Wonders of Turkey tour

Sailing the Turkish Riviera on a Gulet Cruise

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