Bodrum

Bodrum


BODRUM PENINSULA
Charming beach resorts and bright lights of Bodrum and Gumbet  
The spectacular scenery and contrasting resorts of the Bodrum Peninsula have never been so accessible,so there  never been a beter time to visit. With the opening of   own international airport,transfer times to Koral Travel's resorts have been cut dramatically,making this area one of   most attractive holiday destinations. Bodrum and Gumbet,of course,have long been two of the hottest spots in the eastern Mediterranean;bustling and cosmopolitan,with an unrivalled choice of shopping, restaurants and nightlife.Away from these two centres, you ll find a number of smaller,quieter resorts such as Yalikavak and Bitez,each with its own Turkish  character and a  beautiful sandy beach.All the resorts of the Bodrum Peninsula are connected to Bodrum and Gumbet by regular and inexpensive dolmus,services,which are often the best  way to see the stunning scenery and dramatic volcanic landscapes that are to be found around every twist and turn in the road. 
http://www.transfersturkey.com Approx transfers from Bodrum Airport ; to Bodrum and to Gumbet and  to Bardakci 55 mins; to Bitez 1 hr 10 mins;  to Yalikavak 1 hr 15  mins (may include a change of choach in Bodrum).

Cascading down the hillside to the water  edge,  huddle of narrow streets and its picturesque mass of sugar houses make it one of the prettiest resorts on the Amongst the most striking of its many attractions is the Castle of St.Peter,standing guard over   twin bays, each filled with yachts and fringed by broad palm-lined promenades.There are no beaches here (you need to go to Gumbet or elsewhere),but the easy-going,almost hedonistic appeal ensures is popularity.İf   daylight hours are vivacious-and they certainly are-then the twilight hours are positively vibrant.From chic bars to hi-tech discos,such as  the Halikarnas with its laser lights piercing the night sky and reflecting in the rippling water below;the choice is dazzling.
GUMBET 
For lazy days on the beach combined with buzzing nightlife, head for the vibrant resort of Gumbet,often referred to as   beach.The gently-shelving  beach and shallow waters benefit from a gentle breeze,making it an ideal spot for those wishing to take advantage of the excellent windsurfing school and watersports.An array of bars and restaurants line Gumbet  beachfront, providing a convenient and attractive setting in which to eat,drink and watch the world go by.At night Gumbet takes on a party atmosphere,offering a wide choice of bars and discos,and most people take the dolmus (about 35p)to Bodrum for at least a couple of nights out. Gumbet,once merely considered Beach ,has sprouted up to be  considered a holiday resort in its own right.Little remains of the once  sleepy fishimg village as Gumbet has unfolded rapidly into i  sizzling,busy hot spot for beach lovers,watersports enthusiasts and  those seeking a friendly,lively nightlife. Situated to the west of Bodrum just over a hill ,Gumbet centres around  its crescent shaped bay lined with large hotels and a variety of  beach-side cafes and restaurants to serve you when lying on your sunbed  all day becomes just a bit too much and you re in need of sizzling nighlife and sightseeing delights.The beach is ideal for  families with children as it gently shelves out to the Aegean Sea.for  the watersport enthusiast,there is plenty to keep you  absorbed-windsurfing,water skiing,jet skiing, ringos,bananas and  paragliding await you(payable locally). Being i fairly small resort,it wont take you long to wander the length  of the beach or the paralel main road to discover all the restaurants  and bars Gumbet has on offer.Restaurants are mainly of the internatıonal  kind,but you ll also find few Turkish lokantes;Indian and Chinese and  several snack bars and fast-food places serving traditional doner kebabs  or delicious baked potatoes with a variety  of toppings.Stroll up the  hill to the main road where most of the night action is.There are  numerous bars offering the latest chart-topping music ,most of which  also offer  happy hours to entice you and some will occasionally even  offer the odd belly dancing show or two.Like neighbouring Bodrum ,you  can dance away until the early hours of the morning without worrying  about travelling too far to reach your bed! Over the last few years,Gumbet has seen a wealth of sprout up from  Turkish Delight shops to Levi Jeans with a few  cassette,jewellery,leather and carpet shops thrown in for good  measure,making Gumbet fully equipped to cater to your every need. 
BODRUM GUMBET
PERFECT PARTNERS 
Sundrenched Days,Fun-Filled Nights-  Perfect 
With barely a kilometre of coastline between them,Gumbet and Bodrum are  almost a single resort with a pair of distinctly different  characters   one the daytime magnet for sunbathers and watersports enthusiasts,the  other a mecca for night owls,whose  heartbeat is heard after dark;one  modern and growing behind its busy beach,the other a maze of historic  streets overlooked by an imposing castle.While families tend to spend  most of their time in Gumbet,most of the twin towns visiting population  fluctuates from one to the other with dawn and dusk. Gumbet has a leisurely and laid back ambience,its sheltered,shallow  waters combining safe bathing with an excellent array of watersports.  There are ample snack bars and lokantas for all its daily influx of  visitors,but sunset is the signal for the competeing clubs, discotheques  and casinos to spring into life.Bodrum is the honeypot for culture  vultures,sightseers and party people. It  15th century Castle of  St.Peter dominates the town. Narrow alleyways and barely broader streets  are crammed with  all manner of souvenir shops,punctuated with  patisseries and interspersed with restaurants.Bazaars are brim full with  colourful crafts and traditional mementoes and countless waterfront  bars gear up for an evening in overdrive. The late and lively night  scene,with the spectacular Halikarnas,Europe  largest open air disco  top of the bill, is not for the faint hearted. 
YALIKAVAK 
The overland trip from Bodrum to the little coastal town of Yalikavak (18kms)provides some of the most spectacular sce nery on the Bodrum Peninsula.Home to fisherman and sponge-divers,and a haven for yachts,Yalikavak has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where locals mix with visitors.The small marina is lined with traditional Turkish restaurants,and naturally enough,seafood is a particular speciality.There are bathing spots along the coast and a Yalikavak itself there is a  narrow main beach consisting of fine white sand.Aquiter,more traditional base from which to explore the many attractions of the Bodrum Peninsula. 

BITEZ 
Just seven kilometres from Bodrum,this is a small charming resort surrounded by tangerine groves which possessens a gently-shelving, sand-shingle beach lapped by the warm waters of the Aegean,making it a good choice for families.Bitez  sheltered bay is ideal for watersports and has become a popular spot for windsurfing,attracting both experienced windsurfers and beginners.When dusk falls,you can enjoy wining and dining in the beachfront bars and restaurants,or for those in search of livelier nightlife,the heady action of Bodrum or Gumbet can be easily reached by local dolmus(about 40-50p)or by taxi. 
BARDAKCI 
Bardakci Bay is a relaxed holiday area  with its own strech of beach,just a couple of kilometres from the centre of Bodrum which can be reached by dolmus in just 5-10 minutes ,or by a half-hourly water  taxi service offering great views of the bay.Gumbet is also equally accessible and offers watersports, nightlife,or just a change of scene. For those looking for a quiter base on the Bodrum Peninsula, Bardak  is the perfect sunshine holiday destination. 
YOUR KIND OF RESORT?
GUMBET-Families and couples of all ages can enjoy the beach and casual informality of this place without ever making the short journey to Bodrum.Young singles,based in either town,make  the beach a very busy daytime venue. There are ample shops,eateries,bars and good watersports facilities.  BODRUM-Gumbet  guests are regular evening visitors and serious shoppers are in their element here. It  narrow streets packed to the gunnels with shops and stalls,Bodrum has bags of atmosphere,though the mood is very modern after dark-the nightlife is about the busiest of all Turkish resorts.http://www.transfersturkey.com Coach transfer from Bodrum Airport to Bodrum / Gumbet is approximately 45 minutes. 

Bodrum and Gumbet Days and Nights 
To make your holiday in Turkey extra special, Koral Travel has pus together a range of excursions as  well as fun ideas for daytime and evening activities. For example in Bodrum if you choose our Castaway Cruise,it  achors away as you sail the Aegean  Sea on a Turkish wooden gulet. Bodrum is probably one of the prettiest seaside resort towns on the South Aegean coastline.Situated virtually smack in the middle between Kuşadası (to the North)and Marmaris (to the South-east) it lies at the neck of a large peninsula that  incorporates  such village as Turgutreis, Bitez, Yalıkavak, Gumusluk and many other charming,often sleepy fishing villages. Bodrum has remarkably rich history.Formerly as Halicarnassus,it was the principle centre of the ancient Caria region.In 377 BC when the famed Mausolus came to rule the powerful Carian city,he was granted the Persian title of  governor and set about developing his realm.At this time Bodrum became an important naval power on the  Aegean coast.After his death,his sister-wife set about the construction of his Tomb.The Tomb of Mausolus is included as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and stood relatively intact for almost 19 centuries until it was broken up firstly by an earthquake and then by the Crusaders who used pieces to build   famous Castle of St Peter. Bodrum has been   most favoured resort amongst   high society for well over 50 years,mainly due to a Turkish writer/poet who was exiled to Bodrum due to his unpopular political expression.His ensuing boks about life in Bodrum captivated like minded romantics and is largely responsible for creating   bohemian ambience.Although a  buzzing and vibrant town,Bodrum has managed to retain its authentic style and culture.The view as you come in Bodrum over the brow of a hill is simply incredible.A visit to the Castle should be a priority on anyone  list.ıt holds the famous Museum of Underwater Archaeology and the French,Italian and Snake Towers housing splendid coin,jewellery and glass collections. Bodrum has something to offer everyone whether it be keep on going and you ll come to the centre of the harbour(near Bodrum Cafe)which is the focal point of Bodrum.Here,you will reach the pedestrianised bazaar area,a maze of narrow ,winding streets crammed to bursting point with atmosphereishops,restaurants,bars and discos.Shopping is a wonderful experience in Bodrum.Meander through the narrow streets to your heart  content.you can buy anything from fake “designer”watches to designer clothing,hand-made leather sandals,Turkish carpets, jewellery,onyx,copper,cassettes and much more.Pause and have a chat with one of the local shopkeepers whilts sipping a refreshing glass of apple tea.Actually the best time for shopping is as the sun begins to set,as all the shops stay open until approximately midnight. A maze of white,sugar-cube style houses and narrow,winding streets cascade down the hillside to   harbour,dominated in the centre by the 15th century Castle of St Peter. For something different,take a stroll up to the amphitheatre perched on the hillside above the town ,preferably at sunset and you will get the most panoramic view of all of Bodrum and the castle illuminations-take your camera fort he best shot ever