British Airways now fly to Bodrum

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British Airways now fly from Gatwick to Bodrum

British Airways started schedule flights in May 2015 from London Gatwick to Bodrum.

Flights are on Mondays and Thursdays each week. Departures seem to be about 2pm in the afternoon from Gatwick and return flights are about 8 or 9pm in the evenings.

Prices start at about £90 each way.

Markets Days on The Bodrum Peninsular

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Market Days on the Peninsula

There are the following market days for towns and villages on the Bodrum Peninsular:

Mondays Guvercinlik

Tuesdays Bodrum (fabrics and clothing)

Wednesdays Gumusluk and Ortakent

Thursdays Yalikavak and Bodrum (food)

Fridays Bodrum (food) and Bitez

Saturdays Turgutreis (food and clothing)

Sundays Mumcular and Gumbet (+ flea market in Bitez on 1st Sunday in each month)

 Tips:

  • Bargain ( in a friendly way)
  • Foreign currency particularly Euros and Pounds are greatly sought after ( The Turkish Lira has a bit of a potential inflation problem)
  • The ‘ genuine imitation’ branded T shirt might not last too long and / or shrink  ( buy a larger size)
  • Look around at a few stalls before buying to get an idea of prices
  • Some leather wallets are not real leather  ( take a good smell or maybe a match to them)

Circular Walk from Our Villa (Opus Village B1) to the Deserted Village of Karakaya and Gumusluk Inland Village.

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UPDATED OCTOBER 2013

Distance : about 5 miles

Time : allow 3 and a half hours.

Remember : water, sun screen, sun hat, long trousers*

Grade : Easy to moderate but there two sections (5 minutes’ walk and 10 minutes’ walk) beside a fairly busy road. There is also a 10-15 minute difficult section (*stony and often overgrown) as you approach Karakaya and a short difficult section if you visit the windmill.

Turn left out of Opus top gate. (on Dolmus route) Follow the road uphill for a few minutes and where the road levels before a further climb take a dirt track over to your right.

(For panoramic views of the Greek islands, Gumusluk inland village and surrounding countryside with old windmills on the horizon, continue along the road past the dirt track for another few hundred metres and scramble up the highest mound to your left. Brilliant at sunset!)

The dirt track cuts off a corner and takes you past some posh houses (to your right) with pools and extensive gardens before it reaches the road opposite a development with a blue waterslide.

When you reach the road turn right. Take care on this road. Follow the road downhill to a right hand bend where you see a blue sign pointing left to Karakaya (just before a large water trough on the left). Turn left at this blue sign. Trees overhang the path after a few yards. There is a view of an old windmill over to your right. (You can visit it later in the walk.) Avoid all turnings to the left and when you reach a makeshift broken wooden gate, turn right over a stream bed onto a small track. The next 10 – 15 minutes of the walk is stony underfoot and is on a largely disused ancient track, much overgrown and rock strewn in parts. However, keep thend-of-sunken-tracke stone wall topped with barbed wire to your left and follow the sunken track uphill between two walls. After 10 minutes a house appears on your left behind the stone wall and you reach a track beside the entrance to the property.

Follow this good path a few yards uphill to join another track. You will turn right here to continue the walk, but first turn left for spectacular views of the bay and islands after 50 yards. Retrace your steps and continue up the concrete slope to the ancient village of Karakaya. This path skirts the villaancient-village-of-karakayage, so return to it after you have explored the village. (Many houses are ruins but several have been renovated and are used mainly as holiday homes.) The path brings you out at a parking area and a road. Follow the main road ahead of you lined with telegraph poles on the right. Don’t forget to glance behind you as you walk for some of the best views of Karakaya.water-tap-karakaya

There is also a water tap along the road if you need to replenish your water bottles. After 5 minutes you reach the (yellow) electricity substation and surrounding pylons.

From the substation you can visit the ancient and almost derelict windmill you saw earlier. Allwindmill-at-karakayaow 10 minutes each way. Go through a gap in the fence to the right of the substation, next to an electricity pylon. Climb uphill towards the next pylon and then continue forward. The windmill appears after another few minutes.

To continue the walk, turn off the ‘main’ road at the electricity substation. Pass just to the left of the substation down a path which turns sharply to the left and descends steeply at first. When you reach a house with a low wall and a wire fence above it on your right, continue straight downhill, keeping the wall/fence on your right. You can see the path snaking down towards the village below. Just as the path starts to ascend slightly you pass a pool centred development with a dozen or so villas on your right. (Gümüs Evleri) The track becomes a paved road just before a junction. Bear left here. When you reach the ‘main’ road turn right beside Dia Supermarket**. After a hundred metres turn right after a bus shelter on your right, onto a wide paved road. (Or for shops, a café and the bakers in Gumusluk inland village continue along the road for a few hundred yards, then retrace your steps.) NB the café on the right is ‘men only’ and no alcohol is served. However they are very friendly and when we went there not realising it was men only, they served us and even popped over the road to get us a beer!

The paved road leads to a ‘Sarnac’ (large, white, dome-shawater-cistern-gumusluk-villageped water cistern). Turn right here and keep on this road when it turns into a dirt track. Follow the dirt track for half a mile until it joins the road. Turn right at the road and taking care follow the road back uphill until you reach the development with the blue slide. Take the dirt track to the left (opposite the development) which goes uphill to cut off the corner (as at the start of the walk) Turn left when it reaches the road to return to the Opus site.

**To cut the walk short here: Take the (Gumusluk/Gumuskaya) dolmus from the Dia Supermarket back to the Opus site

Musti’s Steakhouse, Yalikavak (Update Oct 2014: Now called Bonfilé)

Musti's Steakhouse, Yalikavak, 20 minutes' drive from Gumusluk VillaWe read about Musti’s Steakhouse in Yalikavak on ‘Trip Advisor’ and thought we’d give it a try. The restaurant had lots of good write ups.

As you’d expect there are plenty of excellent fish restaurants all along the peninsula, but a really good steak is harder to find. Musti’s exceeded our expectations. Our orders were for a medium rare and a medium steak and that was exactly how they came. A variety of home-made sauces were on offer. We chose pepper sauce which was excellent and side dishes of fresh vegetables, hand cut chips and garlic potatoes were all beautifully cooked. We asked our waiter for recommendations of red wine and he said he had one which was ‘perfect’. We were both surprised how good it was! Prices were reasonable. They also serve Guinness.

Al Fresco dining at Musti's Steakhouse, Yalikavak, 20 minutes' drive from Gumusulk Villa

You’ll find Musti’s beside the marina*, just a few minutes’ walk from the bustling heart of the town. We sat in the shady garden as the sun was setting over the sea.

*From the large windmill beside the harbour it’s less than fiThe Windmill in Yalikavak town centreve minutes’ walk to Musti’s. Turn towards the new marina (sea to your right). When you reach a large bronze statue, Musti’s is over the road to your left.

Booking recommended. Telephone 0252 3855385