Turkish Riviera: Bodrum Peninsula

The Turkish Riviera’s Bodrum Peninsula, along with the nearby islands of Turkey and Greece, provides you with a glimpse into eastern Mediterranean history, culture, and tradition. This place has quickly become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey, thanks to its pristine beaches and exciting nightlife options.

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Bodrum, Turkey

Towns on the Bodrum Peninsula

There are many towns and villages in the peninsula, but it is named after its biggest town: Bodrum. Although Bodrum has the richest history on the peninsula with its crusader castle and Mausoleum, other villages—now grown into towns—are becoming almost as well-known.

Akyarlar

Akyarlar is on the eastern point of the Bodrum Peninsula. This laid-back town once relied on fishing and sponge diving as its main source of income. It is now a popular windsurfing destination.

Bitez

Bitez is less crowded than Bodrum center with the longest bay in the Bodrum peninsula. It is a very popular spot for water sports. It has a dark sand beach, deepish water offshore, and spectacular sunset views.

Turgutreis

The largest town on the western shore of the peninsula, Turgutreis has a pleasant waterfront promenade and beach. If you visit on a Saturday, be sure to visit the local bazaar. Here you’ll find local vegetables, fruits, and souvenirs.

Gümüşlük

Stunning Gumusluk is a small fishing town with colorful buildings and delicious seafood restaurants. The ruins of ancient Myndos are just offshore.

Yalıkavak

A worthy challenger to Bodrum, Yalıkavak is a pleasant, pretty town with a good beach, historic bazaar, and lots of yachts.

Göltürkbükü

Known as the Saint-Tropez of Turkey, Göltürkbükü is a coastal town with a semi-circular boardwalk dense with shops, restaurants, bars, and docks. The protected harbor allows for morning swimming in pool-like conditions.

Gündoğan

Gündoğan is a town on the north shore of the Bodrum peninsula between the towns of Göltürkbükü and Yalıkavak. It has a wide beach and lots of holiday villas.

Kadıkalesi

A small, uncrowded seaside village.

Torba

Most distant from Bodrum, at the eastern end of the peninsula’s north shore, Torba is small, simple, and relatively undiscovered,

Yahşi

The southern beach suburb of Ortakent, Yahşi has a great variety of beaches and accommodations.

Places to See and Things to Do

On the Turkish Riviera, you’ll discover an abundance of Turkish delights. Enjoy visiting places such as:

  • crumbling castles
  • rugged beaches
  • seaside highways where living is easy

Imagine yourself lounging around on throw pillows at a beach club, sipping chilled raki or rosé while being serenaded by seabirds and Cesária évora. If like most people, your holiday agenda is to sit still—lifting your head now and then to admire a passing sailboat—you could hardly do better than the Bodrum Peninsula.

The Turkish Riviera Bodrum Peninsula also offers great fishing. With over 300 miles of coastline to cruise, there’s always something new to see and experience…read more

Bodrum Peninsula Climate

Warm temperatures and bright sun are hallmarks of Bodrum weather. A lazy summer afternoon at the beach or in the hotel pool is almost certain to see good weather.

During the rest of the year, the Aegean climate can be unpredictable. The weather is mostly pleasant, rarely cold, and usually warm. Temperatures vary from 10—15 C at night and 20 to 27 C during the day in this region.

The best time of year to visit is during the spring or summer.

Cuisine

There’s no shortage of places to dine on the Bodrum peninsula. Cafes and restaurants offer great local cuisine that you must sample while on land. Popular dishes include keskek, kopoglu mezes with yogurt, stuffed pumpkin flower, and Turkish sweets such as baklava.

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