Favorite thing: Each region in Turkey has its own special folkdance and costume, and the best known of these are listed below:
a) "Horon" - This Black Sea dance is performed by men only, dressed in black with silver trimmings. The dancers link arms and quiver to the vibrations of the "kemence" (a primitive kind of violin).
b) "Kasik Oyunu" - The Spoon Dance is performed from Konya to Silifke and consists of gaily dressed male and female dancers '”clicking” out the dance rhythm with a pair of wooden spoons in each hand.
c) "Kilic Kalkan" - The Sword and Shield Dance of Bursa represents the Ottoman conquest of the city. It is performed by men only, dressed in early Ottoman battle dress who dance to the sound of clashing swords and shields, without music.
d) "Zeybek" - In this Aegean dance, colorfully dressed male dancers, called "efe," symbolize courage and heroism.
Favorite thing: Turkish classical music
is based on 24 musical intervals, double the Western 12-note scale, so Turkish music simply has more sounds.
The main instruments essential in Turkish music are the ud and saz, tambur, kemençe, ney and kanun.
The style originally derived from folk music, in this case that of central Asia. Music is also an important part of some religious sects, and the Mevlevi (dervish order). The 13th century brought with it the consolidation of Turkish music into a classical form and with the establishment of a sophisticated palace culture, music became a part of secular Iife, patronised by the sultans.
The Belly Dance
Favorite thing: The belly dance you will watch in Bodrum surely at least one evening, which is called " Turkish Night ". Folklore, and in the end a belly dance is always in the program. Everything the hotels offer, isn't always the *real* thing. Unfortunately in the last years more and more of the dancers have let it degenerate to a tourist animation.
Night life at Bodrum.. Cuba bar
Favorite thing: Bodrum has a wild nightlife, you can find several pubs, clubs and bars that people are having fun.. However if you would like to follow the steps of Locals, just visit the Cuba bar..
It is the most fancy and popular club restaurant at Bodrum. Located just across the marina, on the town entrance.. You may find it packed with people on weekends, so try a less densed night. And also you can have your dinner first and enjoy afterwards.. Dont forget to bring your thick vallet with you..
The picture shows the Marina from inside Cuba, you can also see the chic design of the Club..
Night life of Bodrum..
Favorite thing: Lets go Crazy and visit Bodrum at night.. In the town center there are hundreds of Pubs and bars, where you can get pissed off.. And you wont regret being there..
In summer nightlife of Istanbul, mostly migrates to Bodrum and many clubs perform special DJ's.. And also Turkish pop stars show up at Bodrum nightlife.. Bordum pubs and bars are the most per area in the Whole Turkiye..
The most popular club of Bodrum is Halikarnas disco.. Just at the end of Bar streets, adjacent to the shore.You cant miss there, it has the loudest music system :).. It was once the biggest open air disco, may be still the biggest on the Aegean and the most trendiest and most stylish club in Bodrum.. Watch for special shows everynight, 'foam Party', Ladies Night' or 'Night of the Dance' and be prepared for the cover charge..
Some other important stops are Hadigari, Yettigari, Fora Bar and Bebek Bar..
Favorite thing: It was almost 10 years ago, when I first went to Turkbuku.. One of my friend was owning a house nearby at Golkoy, and just in the middle of the night, we have passed a tiny, not maintained road, and lead to the bay behind..
We have stayed the night there and next morning decided to leave for Bodrum.. And this time I had the chance to see Turkbuku in day light... What a beatiful bay, and a wonderful atmosphere..
Turkbuku is just 20-25 minutes to bodrum and similar distance to Bodrum airport.. It was just a small fisherman village with a nice atmosphere, however in the last years it has changed alot..
For foreigners, however, Turkbuku, situated on the northern end of the Bodrum peninsula, is still Turkey's best kept secret. And with the introduction of swimming-decks which turn into chic restaurants at sunset, and stylish hotels, Turkbuku looks set to mark its spot on the world's exclusive holiday map/agenda.
Now Turkbuku hosts the high society.. Many new hotels and deluxe restaurants has opened.. and wonderful beaches, CLubs and restaurants.. It aint no more a fisherman village but the only good thing is that all those new things, have not managed to spoil the beauty yet..
Turgutreis Marina - D-Marin
Favorite thing: Just recently a brand new modern Marina has opened in T'Reis, which has a mouring capacity of 550 yachts and 100 drydocking capacity. D-Marin is the newest Marina in Turkiye.
D-Marin is in Turgutreis, around 20 km to Bodrum town center, 52 Km to Bodrum airport. For Yacht owners It is coordinates are 36° 59' 57" N, 27° 15' 23" E .. And nearby places, Kos Island 7nm, Bodrum 12nm, Marmaris 77 nm and Antalya 245 nm.
As the Marina is located on a coast line of 650 m. long in the middle of the town, the design is inevitably integrated in to the existing town settlement.. Inside the Marina there is a small shopping mall and a food court, where boat owners can supply most of their needs.
Favorite thing: Turgutreis is the largest settlement in the peninsula.. The population is even more than Bodrum town center..
The long beach, the new Marina are the most attractive parts of the town.. Many buses which are travelling to Bodrum, do also visits Turgutreis.
Unlike Bodrum, Turgutreis is popular with its quiet, decent and relaxing atmosphere.. It is probably one of the rare places, that you can meet with Tourist from different countries and they call T'Reis as their home..
If you visit T'reis, dont forget to visit the charming Saturday market..
Favorite thing: The ancient city myndos... Peaceful town Gumusluk, Modest citizens and a lovely village..
Gumusluk is a small village on the edge of the Bodrum Peninsula.. it is almost half an hour drive to Bodrum.. There are small pensions, restaurants and village houses..
As gumusluk is considered as a cite place, no more buildings are allowed.. May be thats why this small village is so much attractive..
Gumusluk is famous with its fish restaurants.. And its a must do "To eat fish at gumusluk".. Every night all those fish restaurants are getting full with locals, Tourists and visitors.. And a dinner in such a nice atmosphere woths many things..
There is a small island just in front of Gumusluk, its called Rabbit island. You can see many rabbits in the island..
Favorite thing: Bitez is also another nearby town to Bodrum.. It is preferred mainly by Summerhouse owners. And you can see very nice summer houses in Bitez.. And also there are many hotels serving for sea, sun and Fun lovers..
Bitez is 15 minutes to Bodrum town center by minibus and 10 min by car..
Bitez is very popular amongst the windsurfers. Top windsurfing enthusiasts have long known Bitez as a venue for
Favorite thing: Gumbet is just adjacent to Bodrum.. it is located in the first bay next to bodrum town center..
As its very crowded and noisy in Bodrum town center, many tourists do choose to stay at Gumbet. It is just 10 minutes drive by Minibuses to reach to Bodrum.. and there are frequently minibus services..
As Gumbet became popular, more pubs and cafes has located even in Gumbet and the town is also getting noisy and crowded at nights..
The beaches at Gumbet are also very attractive and due its close location to Bodrum, Gumbet will keep on attracting more poeple..
Favorite thing: You can not pass Bodrum town center without passing pide square.. It is there in the middle, whereever you go, you will pass from there, what ever you are doing, sooner or later, you will eat something there...
Indeed I dont know the real name of the place, but everyone knows there as Pide square, due to Pide sellers open all day and night..
The square is connecting the bar streets to Marina and side streets.. And in the middle there are four small resturants, which sell a kind of Turkish pizza.. They are open all day long.. So even if you visit there 4 am or 4 pm they will serve you.. Or you may find your friend there..
its in the middle in between..
Favorite thing: Bodrum Castle or Saint Peters castle is one of the important marks of Bodrum..
Bodrum castle is located on the edge of a peninsula.. Which was once an island.. the castle was built on the 15th Century and has a long history, but for me the most special part of the castle is that it also hosts many heritages that has been found during underwater excavations..
Cafes of Bodrum
Favorite thing: Just I will try to explain, If I could.. Bodrum has a Marina in the Town center..When you are facing to the Marina, On the left front side you will see the Bodrum castle, just up to the front.. And to the Left side you will see the narrow roads going paralel to the Sea..
When the road is over, you will arrive to an opening where Cafes are Facing to the sea.. Just a small promenade and behind are the cafes.. This is where you will spent quiet much time... In day time you can have a rest at the Cafes, looking forward to the sea and at night its rocking.. Red lion cafe is a good alternate to have a stop by at nights..
Narrow roads of Bodrum..
Favorite thing: Narrow roads of Bodrum are hosting as many shops as possible.. From tiny T-shirts shops to Elegant Jewelleries, you can find all sorts of products in the town center..
But besides shopping its a great adventure and nice feeling to stroll along the shops..
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