Yalikavak, Bodrum Region, Turkey
The small town of Yalikavak is becoming an alternative resort to Bodrum. Yalikavak still has a thriving fishing industry and the restaurants around the picturesque harbour display a wide selection of fresh fish every day.
Yalikavak is located on the western coast of the Bodrum peninsula, between the unspoiled harbour town of Gundogan and the charming fishing village of Gumusluk. The enchanting beachfront village of Yalikavak is flanked by the modern Palmarina, complete with impressive yachts, chic shops and restaurants, to the one side and by the protected breeding waters of the Mediterranean monk seal to the other.Read more about: Beaches | Things to Do | Out and About | Nearby Attractions | Yalikavak Reviews
The main beach shelves gently into the sea which has designated areas for safe swimming. For a quieter stretch of beach head for Kudor Beach on the peninsular which forms the northern edge of the bay.
Things to Do
Take one of the daily boat trips from the harbour, along the western coast of the Bodrum peninsular, which make swimming stops at the little coves and bays. Water sports available include sailing and fishing, scuba diving and windsurfing.
Explore the Kudor peninsular, discover the Panormus rock caves and maybe spot the endangered monk seals swimming in the protected breeding waters off the point. If you stroll up the hills above the village you can look back for panoramic views over the bay and you might even find the all but deserted village of Sandima.
Out and About
The town centre has managed to retain a certain quaint charm with rustic architecture and old paved streets, whilst providing contemporary amenities. Beach bars and restaurants line the promenade, which also does its bit to support modern lifestyles with fixed pieces of outdoor gym equipment.
At the marina there are designer shops, chic restaurants and art galleries as well as a children's play area and a large amphitheatre. There is a nightclub at the marina, The Billionaire Club, but as the name suggests, its high profile image does come with a price tag.
On Thursdays you can shop at the weekly street market in the village square. This colourful market has stalls selling homewares and textiles but it is best known for its variety of food, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and spices, dried fruits and olives, fish and local farm produce.
On the southern border of Yalikavak is the sleepy hillside village of Geris, its white-washed houses and winding lanes enjoying panoramic views of the coastline below. At the foot of the hill, the village of Lower Geris (Geris Alti) boasts a string of fish restaurants which line the bay and make a great spot for dinner or a sundowner.
Gumusluk is a charming fishing village a little further south of Yalikavak, known for its fish restaurants, underwater ancient ruins and Rabbit Island, to which you can wade out to from the shore.
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