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Occupying a space on the north-west corner of the Bodrum
Peninsula, holidays in Yalikavak would be a perfect choice if you want to be close to the hustle and bustle of Bodrum but not too close. Escaping to Turkey
should be all about relaxation and there's no better place to do that than in Yalikavak, where charisma, natural beauty and the laidback lifestyle are almost too good to be true.
Once upon a time, Yalikavak was a quiet fishing village, where it wouldn't be uncommon to see fishermen mooring up on shore with their nets of freshly caught fish. While the resort has grown since those humble days, it still maintains an element of rusticity that isn't seen in most holiday destinations. Perfect for anyone who wishes to get a little closer to nature, Yalikavak is one of the greenest, most scenic parts of the peninsula ' ideal for those keen to don their walking boots to head into the countryside. That being said, it's likely to be just as tempting to stay on the beautiful beach to kick back, unwind and watch the world go by.
Located under half an hour away, on the opposite side of the peninsula, this exciting city is a must-see. While it's certainly a buzzing town, this city is picturesque, charming and beautiful all at the same time. Stop by the castle which sits overlooking the bay, where you'll find an underwater archaeological museum to admire, as well as dungeons and turrets to explore. Alternatively, head for the bazaar to show off your haggling skills, before stopping to dine on some authentic Turkish cuisine.
Just a short walk along the bay and you will arrive in Palmarina, once known as Port Bodrum marina. Here you will find a world class nightclub, the Billionaire Club, as well as an exclusive selection of boutiques, galleries, restaurants and designer shops.
Head for the hills for a chance to lose yourself in some phenomenal views. A particularly good walk is to the deserted Greek village of Sandimar. Take advantage of the desolation while you can and enjoy the astounding views that come with it.
Stroll around the Cove of Arka Kudur
Perfect for an early morning walk, the Cove of Arka Kudur near to the village centre is a pretty and serene part of the resort that offers views across the bay. If you're an avid walker and you love to explore the natural, scenic surroundings, this is a must.
Hike to Geris
Colloquially known as the 'Tibet of Bodrum', the village of Geris can be found high in the hills and hiking would be a great way of getting there. While in the height of the midday sun it may be a bit of a battle, if you set off early enough you will arrive in time to retire to a shady spot to enjoy some Turkish mezze in one of the traditional bistros. Alternatively, head there just before sunset ' the sight of the illuminated sky is breathtaking.
Browse the Markets
Every Thursday, Yalikavak hosts their Pazar ' a market that attracts people from all over Bodrum. Wander the stalls and let your senses guide you ' the vibrant colours, the pungent smells and the variety of wares on offer are all incredible. Be sure to try some piping hot gozleme (stuffed pastry) when you're there!
Laid-back, tranquil and oozing traditional Turkish charm, Yalikavak is probably one of the most scenic and picturesque villages on the Bodrum Peninsula. It's well-equipped with its fair share of amenities to keep holidaymakers satisfied and is be a great place to base yourself on your next holiday to Turkey.
On the opposite side of the peninsula to Yalikavak, Bodrum is a much livelier alternative, while still providing plenty of rustic Turkish charm. With welcoming locals, splendid beaches and plenty of culture to spot, Bodrum has something for everyone.
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