Bitez Yalisi Ortakent, Bodrum, 48400, Turkey
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Inside the dolmus
any suggestions for April?
Hi I have just booked a family holiday to Bodrum. We have a 4 year old son and a 7 year old son? Does anyone have any suggestions of acitvities we can do to cater for them? Will it be warm enough to get in to the sea? Is it warm in April?
RE: any suggestions for April?
I dont know what you call "warm" but april is not the ideal season for swimming for local people.
RE: RE: any suggestions for April?
Agreed, the castle would be fun, play in the sand.
You will definetly want to eat at the Golden Plate - right on the beach walk on the Halicarnus side. They have a great area set up for kids of all ages, internet, playstation, toys - all in eye-site of the tables. They also do a sunset cruise once a week (not sure about in April) of customers. Ask about it and they will make arrangements.
I talk to my frind there daily and he say the weather is varying a lot right now. One day it will be 25 C and the next 15 C and then a touch of rain. But it is getting warmer day by day.
Re: any suggestions for April?
Have a day out at the Aquapark - it is on the main road from Bodrum. You can book with local agents (or your travel rep.!) but you can also just get the dolmus from the bus station as it stops right outside and you could get there before the coaches all turn up if you did that.
Take trips by dolmus along the peninsula to places like Yalikavak, Turgetreis, Bitez etc. they all have their own character and are not too far for the children - also the dolmus is an experience in itself.
Have a lovely holiday.
Travel Tips for Bodrum
Turkish Treats!! Food Experience in Bodrum
A Turkish food menu is a treat and anyone used to mediterranean/Greek food will find Turkish food a delight. The usual precautions should be taken regarding eating meat (ensure it is well cooked) and veggies (washed well) but the food is worth trying. It tends to be fairly spice free and most stomachs can cope.
There will be an array of UK foods but try some of the following
* Stuffed Vegetables - usually a regular starter in most restaurants and vary between meat and rice/additional vegetable fillings. Make a nice starter or a light snack if you do not want something heavy.
* Meze - just like Tapas. An assortment of small plates with snack size tasters of Turkish foods. Sometimes just melon and sometimes more adventurous.
* Bodrum is a fish lovers dream and there is usually calamari on the menu. The fishermen still ply their trade by the harbour daily and the restaurants near the front get their fish fresh.
* Kebab - the favourite of every drunken person but so different when you have the genuine article from it's homeland! Usually served with lashings of fresh salad and bread. Doner and shish just like at home.
* I'm not a pudding fan but you will always find Baklava (it's Turkish not Greek apparently!) and pastries - Turkish sweet is very sweet.
TURGUTREIS - Esplanade, Parks, Restaurants
I enjoyed walking the long Esplanade here. I walked to the Marina, here there were expensive shops, but a lot not open in May. Expensive Boats as well! Pretty flowers, ... Bouganvillea was in bloom and beautiful, a walkway through very tall Palms, a Nice Park, and quite a few seafront Restaurants made this a very nice area for a stroll or to have a meal. I myself, settled for a Cuppa and an Icecream and enjoyed the view.
This is a great bar for sitting, drinking and watching the world go by while being entertained by the humorous waiting staff (who also double as an impromptu dance troupe!). Beer is not the cheapest in Bodrum but the views over the water at twilight as you drink an Efes. It is very busy if the fanatical turkish football matches are on and the place fills with shoting turks cheering for their teams. Definately a little less intimidating in terms of the hassle but expect to be enticed and cajoled to come in!! Casual clothes totally OK here. Save the dressing up for Halikarnas.
Excellent Ambience, Less Excellent Food...
The Kocadon Restaurant is set in a beautiful location on Bodrum Marina (Just opposite the Marina itself). The restaurant is set in a courtyard behind traditional Bodrum houses. The tables are set among overhanging trees, absolutely stunning.
The service is excellent, the maitre'd was well spoken and knowledgeable. The food was delivered to the tables quickly and was good quality but the menu is limited as is the wine choice. The Turks are still developing an acquaintance with a wine menu. Food here has limited side options and so the Stroganoff that I ordered was a protein overload. My companions who ate meat and fish dishes also agreed that some potato or carb side dish would have complemented the meal well.
The only starter available is a buffet of Turkish meze which can be an acquired taste if you do not like them. I would not eat here again but am very glad that I tried it. No favourite dish, just loved the feel of the place and it's location.
Don't Leave Without
Seeing the Underwater Museum and Bodrum Castle
Going to the Salý Bazaar
Joining one of the daily tours
Taking "The Blue Journey" even if you have to make it short
Viewing Bodrum from the Ancient Theater
Stopping by Bodrum Bars
Dining on the excellent fish at Gümüþlük
Eating Bodrum style 'water pastry'
Eating the spicy 'Ot kavurmasý' and stuffed pumpkin flowers
Purchasing the Bodrum beads and batik cloth
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Address: Bitez Yalisi Ortakent, Bodrum, 48400, Turkey