The rich history and a host of boutique hotels in the Bodrum Peninsula on Turkey’s south-western coast is increasingly drawing intrepid jet setters to its storied shores.
Göltürkbükü is only a 45 minute drive from the peninsula’s new airport Milas Airport (BJV). The road weaves along Turkey’s south-western coast with views of the endless blue of the Aegean Sea.
Local fishermen pull up on the beaches and white stucco homes are just visible, highlighted with streams of floating purple bougainvillaea.
This small fisherman town Göltürkbükü and Bodrum was hidden gem until early 1980’s not only for foreign visitors but also for Turkish visitors.
Göltürkbükü is at northwest of Bodrum Peninsula and is now popular with the jet set; its beachside cafes and bars come to life after sunset.
Göltürkbükü has only 3000 population in winter. And Bodrum Peninsula has a population of 150,000, which soars to about a million in the summer.
Every year early June, superyachts are moored in the harbour.
Bodrum has been dubbed the St Tropez of Turkey. But its history is much more complex than St Tropez. Bodrum is the birthplace of Herodotus, the father of history, in the fifth century BC.
You can visit local food market run by villagers from the surrounding area every Monday at Göltürkbükü.
You can take a boat tour to virgin bays and you can swim among hundreds of fish species.
You can eat freshest and most delicious sea food in Göltürkbükü restaurants.
After sunset nightlife starts in Türkbükü cafes by the sea.
You can make a sightseeing tour of its landmark Bodrum Castle (Castle of St Peter) and the Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Bodrum castle was built from the 15th century on by the Knights of St John (Knights Hospitaller). The museum is also inside the castle and it displays artefacts from the many shipwrecks found off the coast, such as hundreds of Roman-era amphora storage vessels, Islamic glassware, and Ottoman coins and pottery.
The amphitheatre is also a must-see. Every year most popular singers of Turkey are giving concerts in this magnificient acoustic atmosphere, with the breath taking view of Bodrum Bay.
Another must-see is the remains of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (as Bodrum was once known). The mausoleum, built around 350BC, was a huge tomb constructed for king Maussollos of Karia. It was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and gave its name to all monumental tombs since.
You can visit Bodrum’s Tuesday textile market and buy yourself a traditional Turkish hammam towel (pestemal) for just a few euros.
You can also visit the ruins of several windmills up in the hills. These were used up until the 1970s to grind flour. From the windmills the view of the castle, Aegean and whitewashed houses is spectacular. City planning laws restrict building heights, and this has been vital in preserving the Aegean character of the town.
Bodrum peninsula have many small towns and villages which all have different different featured character. One is more entertaining the other is more calm. And every part of Bodrum gives different tastes in different months. Bodrum is a place giving different tastes each and every season.
Thats why the Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı’s famous poet is welcoming you at Bodrum Uphill.
“When you come to uphill, you will see Bodrum.
Do not think that you can go as you come.
Those before you were all like that.
They all left their minds in Bodrum…”
Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı 1890 – 1973