Bodrum Bodrum.. 


Ah Bodrum where my heart is and where I call my second home.

I’m starting this blog with a phrase that a Halikarnas fisherman had written about Bodrum and it quotes,

“When you arrive at the hill top you will see Bodrum, don’t think you will leave as you arrived. All the others before you were like you, they all left their minds in Bodrum” Cevdat Sakir Kabagacli”

It took my heart in 2012, even though I had visited Bodrum on numerous occasions and holidayed there it never impacted me as much as it did when I decided to take a gap year and live there in 2012. I loved the town so much that I even went back later in 2013.

Such a crazy little town that comes alive for 3 months of the year.

I had the chance to experience the beautiful coastal town on the Aegean of Turkey both in winter and in Summer. Its peak season from about late May till late August, where a vast majority of tourists visit the city.

As well as the town centre there a little pockets of surrounding coastal villages that make up Bodrum. To name a few, Turgutreis , Gumusluk , Akyarlar, Bitez, Yalikavak, Ortakent. My favourites have always been Bitez, Akyarlar and Gumusluk or even venturing off the beaten track to the local villages.

I must admit that I mostly did prefer Bodrum in its off seasons where you could mingle more closely with the locals.

I had the opportunity to settle and live in 2 separate areas in Bodrum, Turgutreis which is about a 30min Dolmus ride (main form of transport) from the town centre and at Kumbahce which is 2 mins walking distance from the town centre.

They both offered different experiences but the majority of the peninsulas are close to a vast majority of crystal clear, beautiful beaches that you could choose from.

All tourist hubs offer plenty of shopping, eating and entertainment options on the Peninsula but it’s always nice to actually wonder on the back streets and mingle with the locals.

Things to do in Bodrum, Boat trips, various tours that are offered, visiting a Turkish Bath (Hamam), amazing bars to lazing by the beach side at many locations and venues.

Cruising on the yachts, I was lucky that I had a friend who owns a Yacht and we mostly had private days out on the peninsula. 

 If you’re a bit of an adrenalin junkie try Quad biking around the mountains of Bodrum  

One of the main attractions for history is of course The Bodrum Castle which has been renovated and stands in the centre of Bodrum which also houses the Museum of Underwater archaeology.

Off the beaten track at the gates of Myndos


Of course you can’t leave Bodrum without tasting the array of Turkish foods that are on offer.

A must visit is Limon Café on the hilltops of Gumusluk, make sure you get there before the sunset as it’s to die for.

Mimoza  is another gorgeous seafood restaurant that I highly recommend.

If you really want to experience the Turkish tradition I would recommend Myhane at Kadikalesi with the traditional drink Raki (my favourite) with classical Turkish music to set the mood.

Even though I have many more countries to discover deep down within my heart I know that I will return to Bodrum one day. 

I will never give up on that dream..

 

 

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