The Bodrum Peninsula
It is the second largest town on the peninsula. It has a massive Saturday market and a large modern marina and beach. Boat trips available from here. There is a very frequent dolmus service from Gumusluk to Turgutreis which takes under 20 minutes.
The third largest town on the peninsula has a pretty marina, a long sandy beach and some quaint old cobbled streets by the shore with lots of cafes and restaurants and small shops. There is a lovely colourful market on Thursdays. Boat trips available from here. Regular dolmus service from Gumusluk which takes under 30 minutes.
Try the circular walk from Yalikavak town centre to the village of Sandima. (details on page 29 in the information folder at the villa)
This sheltered bay with its shady beach is great for swimming and popular with the locals. The treat here is that you can hire your own barbecue! Order it from the owners and they will deliver it to your ‘patch’ on the beach once the coals are hot and it’s ready to start cooking!
Probably the nicest beach on the peninsula. Largely sandy beach and the water shelves gently making it ideal for families with young children. Small hotels and a number of shops, cafes and restaurants line the beach and there are plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas available. Bitez is famous for its tangerine and lemon orchards and tree dense hedgerows and there are many little roads and paths to wander along. Bitez village is a 15 minute walk away, set back from the beach and has a tea house, a mosque and a couple of small corner shops.
Peaceful, protected sandy beach. Pleasant walk inland to Gundogan village (1km) and you can climb up to the ruined monastery.
Turkbuku and Golkoy
The two villages of Turkbuku and Golkoy nestle in a huge bay. Known once for their taverns, these fishing villages are now famous for their up-market restaurants and their beach areas which are set on wooden jetties protruding into the sea.
Waterpark ‘Aquapark Dedeman’
The water park is just past Ortakent on the Bodrum road on the right opposite the large hypermarket, Kipa (Tesco). Open from end May till early October 10.30am till 5pm.
Entrance: 50tl for adults and 30tl for 7-12 year olds. Under 6 and over 60 free.
Try Halikay in Ortakent Cost approx 40tl per hour.
Also available just a few minutes’ walk from the villa at Victoria’s complex. (BUT only really suitable for children – circuits in fenced paddock.)
A traditional Turkish bath is a great experience! Try Bodrum Hamam. There are separate Women’s and Men’s hamams.