Money, Money, Money...
Taking money to Turkey is an easy decision nowadays and thankfully all those zeros are gone from the notes. I take enough YTL to last for a day or two, sterling and travellers cheques (I know they are old fashioned now but I like the security of having them replaced if I lose them). For quite a few years now, you should be able to get a better exchange rate in Turkey for YTL than in the UK so try not to change too much untill you get over there. I don't change any money in the banks as there are shops that will change cheques for no commision, but even with commission charges at some exchange booths - the exchange rate should still be in your favour at any exchange facility. If you change sterling cash there will be less or no commission (they like sterling). You should be able to use Maestro and visa debit in the Turkish ATM's as well as Mastercard and Visa credit cards. Just check before you get over about how much the cash withdrawal charge will be from your bank AND what YTL/GBP rate they will be making the charge in.
YALIKAVAK - Tale of Two Lovers
This another pretty little seaside village in a sheltered cove. The views coming down the hillside are wonderful. There is a Marina here and some interesting old buildings. Plenty of Restaurants and a nice shopping area to have a look around.
On the Esplanade, is a Statue of Two Lovers. It was quite interesting to read the story about what happened to them.
Located on the Esplanade
Küba Bar is on Neyzen Tevfik Caddesi and is in a lovely old building. It has bar and restaurant facilities and is very swish. Lots of locals use this bar - always a good sign I think. It is a lovely night out and bars on this side of the bay are slightly more classy I think. If you decide to eat at the restaurant you need to book in advance as it is very popular. No overt dress code but smart is best
Dine at The Castle
If you're in Bodrum on a Monday and the castle is closed, you can still get into the courtyard if you tell the security guard you want to eat at the cafe. We'd been tipped off about this as a great place for a coffee and weren't disappointed. The courtyard is the kind of place you'll love to linger in, surrounded on all sides by castle walls and shaded by tall, elegant trees. There are several pillars and other archeological remains scattered around and small birds perch on the edge of your chair as you eat. We came in just for the atmosphere but when we saw the remarkably cheap prices, decided to have lunch and take time to soak up the ambience The food here is basic - it's just a cafe. We had burgers, chips and coffees which were tasty and very welcome as we hadn't eaten since breakfast. For a quick snack in awesome surroundings,, you won't do better than this
You will have an enchanting experience aboard a traditional wooden built Turkish gulet. Experience spectacular cruising exploring the breathtaking Aegean coastline. Spend your days cruising the coastline, mooring at little known retreats, swimming in crystal clear turquoise waters, snorkelling in beautiful bays, relaxing and lazing about on the sundeck with a drink from the on-board bar. Paradise route of the Blue Cruise starts from Bodrum.