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is a wooden motor sailing vessel, the modern version of the ancient cargo
which used to trade along
the coast of Turkey. The original design has evolved into a comfortable
vessel and some have air conditioned
accommodation for up to eighteen guests in self-contained double cabins. There
are many companies that provide blue cruise voyages.
For example, you may visit,
The Bodrum Cup, an international yacht
regatta and annual tradition, brings together
charter fleet with private wooden yachts from around the
one of the only and most
elite competitions exclusively
for classically constructed wooden vessels. Not only for
skilled yachtsmen, the regatta also extends the cruising season
for novices, who can stow away as passengers or join the
crews for the last adventure of the sailing season.
Held in the third week of October since 1989, the Bodrum Cup
was originally intended to promote
among charter yachts and draw attention to the
preservation of wooden
Now it also signifies the close of the maritime
season in this alluring resort town. The end of
during the regatta is an unforgettable vision, as all the participating yachts anchor
side by side, and the horizon fills with the sails of as majestic wooden fleet. To participate, a
crew need only submit a
$200 fee and regatta form to the Organization
To experience the rush of the race and
nightly shore-side festivities, arrangements can be made
to set sail aboard a participating yacht beginning at
$450 per person double
occupancy, inclusive of meals and
accommodations. For more information, a complete
schedule of events and participation forms,
call 0-11-(90) 252 316-2310.
Sailing in the Bodrum Area
The Port Bodrum Yalikavak Yacht Club has been founded for people who enjoy
socializing in the
atmosphere of a Yacht Club. But practical seamanship has
been forgotten, and sailing lessons
are also available for the sailors of all ages.
This marina is a jewel of the Turkish
Riviera, where the sun
rises and sets over breathtaking views
where the Mediterranean meets
the Aegean. The Yalikavak marina is a
10 minute drive from Villa Selim. The area has
wonderful seaside restaurants and terrific shopping
Sailing in the Bodrum Area
Sailing in the Bodrum Area
Sailing in the Bodrum Area
Today, Bodrum is a liberal and open-minded community
that opens its arms to all people who enjoy
the adventures of life.
Bodrum stands on the site of the ancient city of Halicarnassus,
capital of the kingdom
of Caria. Herodotus who was the
historian and the father of history
was born in
484 B.C. in this city.
Throughout history Bodrum,
as Halicarnassus in ancient times, has always been fought over
people have been
unwilling to share its beauty with others. Built on a peninsula formed by the
meeting of the
western harbors, Bodrum, with its narrow streets winding down to the
famous for its castle, its world-renowned yachts, its
windmills, its shipyards
and the dazzling
and tombs lining the shores of its two
Today Bodrum has everything
that one would expect to find in a
vacation getaway. It is an important tourist
center in both winter and summer.
The Underwater Archeological Museum of Bodrum is one of
important museums of its kind in the world. This museum is
located in the
Castle (aka Saint Peter's Castle).
climate of Bodrum is shaped by tourists and people living on the Bodrum
peninsula from countries such as England, Ireland, France, Germany, Russia,
Italy, Spain, and even the USA. The villa is within
20 minutes from the city of Bodrum, which allows for many entertainment
opportunities (Turkish Blue Cruise Voyages, Greek Island Excursions, Historic
sites, Nature Adventures, and excellent Night Life activities). Bodrum
is well-recognized for its artistic heritage, and is therefore an open-minded
community. Nightlife in Bodrum offers restaurants, bars, and clubs for
all life styles.
Beaches in the area
Daily Boat Tours
Bahce and Villa Selim are located
near the village of Gundogan. This photo shows the closest beach to the villa (5 minutes by car). Gundogan is a
quiet, peaceful community for those who enjoy
the atmosphere of
a traditional Turkish village. The Gundogan beach is a
perfect place to spend a lazy day in the sun.
The Bodrum peninsula offers many communities with small
beautiful beaches. The three pictures below
show the beaches in the city center of Bodrum. If you enjoy busy
areas with a lot of activity, you will enjoy a day at the
beach in Bodrum. For those who enjoy much quieter
beaches, try the beaches of Gundogan, Bitez, Torba, or
(A night view from the Village of Gündoğan)
Formerly known as Farilya,
meaning “Sun Rise” is known by its modern name “Gündoğan”.
Farilya has the marks of many civilizations that have once
lived here. This seaside town of the most tempting city of
the Aegean is just as beautiful as the other parts of the
peninsula; beaches, pure oxygen and the sunshine
predominate. The town has all three attractive attributes of
the nature and still contributes to the making of history.
Those native villagers and those who settled here are
absolutely in love with the town. Gündoğan was built
between 353 and 375 Century BC by the Romans in an enclave
the sea and called Vara, the settlement was relocated to its
current place following the famous pirate attacks about 900
years ago. Gündoğan has been a home to Lelegian, Mycenaean,
Persians, Carians, Meds, Egyptians, Syrians, Macedonians,
Romans, Byzantines, the Turkic Menteşe Clans and the
Ottomans as of the year 1522. It is known that the native
villagers are the descendants of Central Asian Turcoman who
migrated here at the time of the Ottomans. The Greek name
Farilya was changed to Gündoğan in 1961. Today Gundogan is
an important town for fishing, sponge diving, olive and
tangerine growing. The old and new settlers have protected
the character of the place. They have not touched the houses
surrounded with trees of olive, mandarins, bananas,
pomegranates and oak. The scent of orange trees welcoming
visitors along the seaside still remains. Gundogan has 4000
Relax and take it easy with a
chilled glass of wine or the local delicacies. There are
large colorful cushions provided to sit on, on the many
jetties circulating the Bay where you can chill out, people
watch, sip a refreshing drink and watch the waves breaking
on the rocks and children playing in the crystal blue
waters. This is a great place for snorkeling where you
enter the sea from the jetties. Sit at the beach bar and
watch the sun go down and witness the spectacular sunsets.
There is a small harbor with fishing boats, yachts, gullets
and a sailing school offering dingy sailing, windsurfing,
jet-skis, and waterskiing.
Across the Bay is `Rabbit Island` which has an old Greek
church and standing remains of a Byzantine monastic
settlement dated to the 9th Century A.D. If you wish to be
active during your stay here, you will have plenty to do -
archeological trips in the area, windsurfing, under water
photography, diving lessons, horse riding, walking and
trekking. History, dramatic landscape and a natural
un-spoilt Bay and friendly people await you! As they say
`Nothing less than history, sun, seaside, nature and
friendly people can be found`. Nightlife - While there are
some bars dotted along the harbor front, nightlife in
Gundogan tends to be quite low key with most evenings spent
savoring a satisfying meal or sitting out with a cool beer
or a Gin and Tonic in hand watching the sun set on another
Bodrum offers many daily boat tours around the Bodrum
area. These boats are a perfect way
to enjoy a full-day of boating, at an
affordable price of approx. $25 per person, including
lunch. During the boat tour, the captain will stop at
small secluded beaches or inlets for a quick swim. You
will also have the opportunity for sun-bathing on the second
floor of the boat.
Day Trips to Greek Islands
The Greek islands of Kos
(9 miles) and Rhodes (124 miles) are only a day trip away by ferry.
Kos is the most
common tour, either you book the slower ferry boat or the fast Hydrofoil.
A day trip to Rhodes starts at 9:00 a.m.
from Bodrum, 2 hours by Hydrofoil (if the weather permits)
and leaves Rhodes at 4:00 p.m. This trip is
offered once a week and
only in the summer season.
The ferry companies have a pick-up service when
you book in advance. A minibus
collects clients and brings them to the ferry boat pier at no extra charge.
Daily trips by ferry starting from Bodrum
offered to Kos, Marmaris, Didim, Gökova, Datça and Rhodes.
Shopping / Dining
Like everywhere in
Turkey, shopping in Bodrum is quite an adventure, with
dozens of shops lining the
busy narrow streets. Shops offer a variety of
local goods, from carpets and kelims to leather-ware,
jewelry, etc. There is an extensive, colorful
craft market in operation on Tuesdays, and a fruit and
vegetable market on Fridays. Bargaining is a
typical part of the Turkish shopping experience for
major goods like carpets.
In Bodrum some shops
stay open late at night … some even all night.
an exciting place for shopping, dining, and exploring life in this vibrant seaside town.
Bodrum is well-recognized for its artistic heritage, and
is therefore an open-minded community.
gay entertainers have chosen Bodrum as their home
away from home.
Bodrum offers restaurants, bars, and clubs for all life styles.
The intellectual climate of Bodrum
is shaped by tourists and people living on the Bodrum peninsula
from countries such as England, Ireland, France,
Germany, Russia, Italy, Spain, and even the USA.
Most of the bars in Bodrum’s mile-long ’Bar Street’ (aka Cumhuriyet Street), offer
dancing, live music and outdoor
seating with a view of the illuminated castle.
For those who like to dance well into the night, one
internationally well-known open-air club is the "Halikarnas"
Bodrum night life is also famous for its
huge club on a
catamaran (see below picture) that sets
sail late at night and takes the party out to sea until the
For those not wanting loud and busy
clubs, there are Turkish style nightclubs, called "meyhanes".
In these local nightclubs, the
crowd sings and dances, while the local artists perform
traditional Turkish music. This is an
excellent way to experience Turkish people's love of life. You may even catch local belly
great fun on a night out with friends.
The Datca peninsula is a nature lover's dream.
Pine forests are intermingled with oak,
myrtle, gum and carob trees. Almond trees, olive and
citrus groves, are to be discovered as you
explore the mountains, valleys and
plains of the peninsula.
The Datca Peninsula is Turkey's narrowest
and longest peninsula
extending towards the Aegean Sea. Exploring the
peninsula by car is a rewarding adventure
for hikers, beach combers, and those who love to admire
the beauty of nature.
Dalyan Watershed Preserve
a small town situated in the middle of the broad delta
of the Dalyan river, within a
nature reserve established to preserve one of the worlds
most important wetland areas. Dalyan
is just a short journey by riverboat to the ancient city
of Caunos and the famous Iztuzu Beach,
where the Loggerhead Turtles return each year to breed.
Its unique location in the middle of the conservation
area alongside the meandering Dalyan River make Dalyan
very popular with bird watchers and naturalists.
If you love wetlands, this is a definite must-see.
Saint Peter's Castle
||The southwestern Aegean region of Turkey is
full of historical sites from many civilizations over time.
This section includes the archeological sites
of the Bodrum
area as well as ancient Greek ruins that can easily be
worked into your trip to Turkey.
Some options include: Ephesus,
Lycian Rock Tombs,
and the ancient Greek city of Knidos. This map shows the
geographic location of the historical sites discussed below.
The massive Castle of The
Knights of St. John sits on a peninsula between the two harbors
now a world-class museum of underwater archaeology. The castle
was built by the rather shady
Knights Hospitalier in 1402 A.D. They lost it soon afterwards to
the all conquering Süleyman the
The views from the various towers of the castle are stunning,
overlooking the harbor, the beautiful
whitewashed buildings of the town, the surrounding countryside,
and the deep blue Aegean Sea.
There are interesting artifacts such as jewelry, coins, and
flags. Approximately 250 coats of
arms are carved into the castle walls, along with other
embellishments and relics salvaged from the
Mausoleum site. A tour of the castle should include a visit to the Sunken Boat
within the castle walls. It offers an amazing array of artifacts retrieved from
shipwrecks from the
period of the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages. The
photos below illustrate a calm peaceful day
exploring some of Bodrum's history within the St.
Tomb of King Mausolus
||An ancient amphitheater
from the 2nd century B.C. with 1300 seats
looks out over
the twin harbors of Bodrum from its
location set high on
a hill. It has been restored and is still
used today for occasional concerts
||The tomb of King Mausolus was one of the Seven Wonders of the
Ancient World and dates back to the 4th-century B.C. The word
Mausoleum comes from this famous memorial.
The wife of the King of
Caria had the most
famous architects of the day design the structure.
It was almost
completely destroyed in the Great Anatolian earthquake.
Many of the stones of this Mausoleum were
used in the construction of Bodrum Castle. The beautiful reliefs on the grave, however, were taken
the British Museum during the excavations in the 19th century .
Lycian Rock Tombs
rock tombs were built in 4 B.C. as a place where the kings and
wealthy Lycians were placed on rock beds. They
were also used
during the Roman
period. The ancient city of Caunos stands
along the channel facing Dalyan. The settlement is believed to
from 3000 B.C. and later grew into a major port on the
between Lycia and Caria. The rock tombs can be
visited on a day trip
to Dalyan from Bodrum. Daily trips can be
arranged in Bodrum by local
The City of Knidos
was renowned as one of the most beautiful in
Greece. Knidos, on
the Datca peninsula, is
considered as the border between the Mediterranean and Aegean seas.
Famous as a center of art and culture in the fourth
Knidos was established at
the same time that Halicarnassus. Two large theaters, an
odeon and three temples completed what must have been a
ensemble. The remains of a circular temple
to the goddess of
love Aphrodite overlook remains of the two
harbors. The legendary
Aphrodite of Praxiteles statue, reputedly one of the most beautiful
sculptures of all antiquity, once graced
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