Excursion to Ephesus
I went on an excursion to Ephesus from Bodrum leaving at 7am. The cost was 60YTL [£23] this included fare, guide , entrance fee and a good lunch. There was a breakfast stop 6YTL[£2.30]. The guide takes you through the site, wear a hat because there is no shade, also carry a bottle of water it can get very hot. I had thought about travelling independently from Bodrum to Ephesus but decided against this, the tour is hassle free. Arrived back at 5pm. I was picked up at my hotel and on return, GOOD VALUE TRIP. I booked at the agency next to the tourist office near the castle.Related to:
- Historical Travel
tiny streets leading to nowhere!
Bodrum is so packed in the center that we were almost ready to scream :) But in October I also liked a lot walking in unknown small streets away from the center where I could admire the local houses all paint in white (other colours are not allowed).
But what I liked more was the flowers around or up to the walls of the houses, red, yellow etcAdd to your Trip Planner
walking around the streets of Bodrum
Around the castle there are some narrow tiny streets (sokak in turkish) full of souvenir shops, small cafes, pubs etc…
Of course during the night it gets overcrowded to the maximum (in October was ok of course but in July we could barely walk through). Not my kind of nightlife but if you are there for the fun you will enjoy it.
If you feel trapped walk toward the marina where it’s always more pleasant, check the ladies preparing pita bread (pic 3), see this old man doing his thing with fire (pic 4) or buy oysters from this man (pic 5)
Kebab is the usual fast food option here but of course there is McDonalds like everywhere, we didn’t bother to try but where else you can eat a McTurco!?(pic 2) :) But honestly, you are in Turkey, a country with great local cousine, taste some real tasty local foods, don’t just go the easy way.Add to your Trip Planner
Harbour, Bodrum, TR ...
This is an area in Bodrum center, seaside, closed to traffic and for pedestrians only .... As the famous Bodrum Castle is also in the same area, the place is very popular for tourists and also for locals ....
Several cafes, bars, restaurants, souvenir shops, handcraft stores etc are located and most of the times very busy especially in summer season ...
Just to have a walk, sip a drink or coffee, spending lazy time, thats the correct place ... :)Related to:
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Cruising on a Gulet- At Last !
I spent so much time admiring these boats during the week that I almost missed out actually sailing on one. Lady Luck stepped in on Thursday evening and we happened to bump into someone who'd just got a really good deal and recommended it to us. So 10.30 on Friday morning we're finally sitting on the prow of the most gorgeous Gulet called 'The Outback'. It's berthed in Gumbet Harbour but just about ready to take off. The anchor is raised slowly and we're off. From my seat at the front I take in the shining blue sea and the passing coastline and secretly despise the other people who've immediately prostrated themselves on the luxuriously cushioned deck to work on their suntans. Five minutes later I realise that I'm missing out big time and hit the cushions. The word bliss takes on a whole new meaning as my creaking bones soak in the sun and revel in a breeze that brushes the skin like silk. After an Irish winter, Denis and I seriously felt like we'd died and gone to heaven.
There were three stops . First one for swimming, second one for swinmming and lunch and third one at Camel Beach for an hour ashore. We got back to Gumbet around 5 and next time I'm in Turkey, I'll be doing this on the first day, not the last.
We booked ths trip with Otan Tours in Bitez and for 15 Euro each, we had the whole day on the boat, lunch, plus transport to and from Gumbet. The boat was immaculate with toilets and shower facilities onboard and we had long conversations with the owner. A wonderful trip!Related to:
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These dome shaped, painted white Kumbets, otherwise known as a Water Cistern, are found in and surrounding Bodrum. They were built by the rich people during the Ottoman period by using stones collected from the fields. They were used to gather Winter rain water to use on their Fields, and also to provide water for their stock in Summer.
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This street is also known as "Republic street" or "Bar street" and runs for a long way, is narrow in places, with shops, Bars, Eateries, and lots and lots of people. It is an interesting area to walk through, and it is well worth exploring the laneways that run off it. You will find good quality shoes, Boutiques with designer clothes, Leather, Onyx, Copper, Gold & Silver wares, as well as some lovely original, handcrafted souvenirs. You can also buy cheaper souvenirs. There are some really nice items that you can buy, IF you have enough money!Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
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Morning walk along the Esplanade
A lovely walk in the morning before the crowds arrive, is the walk along the edge of the Harbour. You can walk for kilometres, just take your time and enjoy the views, this is a pretty area. At this hour of the morning, the sea was calm, a really good time for photos. Beaches were deserted, children were heading to school, Restaurants were closed & empty, Dogs were going for a walk, and some Turkish people were enjoying the early morning cuppa and chat. There were lines of Boats that do the day tours. One operator saw me walking, and he soon rushed to his kiosk, wasn't going to miss a chance for business!
Love this time of the morning!Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
The harbour of Bodrum
The harbour is the heart of the city. Sailboats and yacht for bigwigs are in majority at the harbour, only few meters away from Cumhurriyet Caddesi, known as the Bar street. Bars and restaurants joggle together in the narrow streets close to St. Peter Castle.Related to:
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Market Day in Bodrum
Tuesday morning is a good time to visit Bodrum. The weekly market is on in the market area across from the bus office and you are guaranteed crowds and a chaotic, energetic shopping session. Inside the covered area where most of the stalls are you can buy fake designer clothes and watches, shoes, toys,bags and all kinds of other things you never knew you needed until you saw them.
On the ramps leading down from the building and along the footpath the market gets much more colourful. Old women have their perches here with their wares laid out in front of them, either on the ground or on makeshift crates. They sell eggs, vegetables, dried flowers and anything else they produce on their farms or gardens. We bought dried lavender, nuts and fruit. Here at the market and around the bus office generally was the only place where we saw women dressed in traditional dress or indeed any hint that this was a city in Turkey.Related to:
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Golkoy is a small village about 20mins from Bodrum which was officially joined to it's neighbouring village of Turbuku a few years ago. The locals have maintained the two separate identities and use both names (rather than the hybrid name of Golturbuku). The Golkoy side of the bay is quiet and traditional, nice villas and beach. Clean sea for swimming. Orange groves. All local amenities are there as the town has most things needed. The Turbuku side of the bay is busier and has hotels and most of the bars and clubs. Nice to stay in Golkoy and party in Turbuku. Film stars etc stay in this area. Definately worth a visit.Add to your Trip Planner
Lake Bafa: have a traditional Turkish Breakfast
Eating a traditional well made Turkish breakfast rather than the attempts at English/Irish is an absolute must when you are in this region of Turkey. The further out of town you go to more Turkish areas the better the breakfast will be and it is true what they say - if the locals are eating there, the food will be good.
A really good breakfast will consist of freshly baked bread, olives, cheese, cream, Turkish tea, Gozleme or something similar (possible lighter), fried eggs, tomatos, chilli's (optional) and cucumber etc.Add to your Trip Planner
Eat Like a Local...
Gozleme is a very traditional Turkish snack. Like pancakes but with a variety of fillings they make a light and delicious treat for lunch or early evening. Gozleme can have meat, vegetables, cheese or a mixture. Locanta or restaurants that serve Gozleme in Bodrum town are few and far between but if you look for it or ask many chefs will whip some up for you.
In towns like Turgetreis, Gumusluk and Sirince you will find traditional Gozleme houses.
In the same vein try Borek and Baklava (it's Turkish not Greek you know!!)Add to your Trip Planner
Sirince: Beautiful Mountain Town
The beautiful town of Sirince is set not far from Selcuk and Ephesus (approx 6km). It is well worth the detour! The town is set high in the hills and in some of the most magnificent scenery in this part of Turkey.
Sirince's claim to fame is it's superb wine industry - white, red and it's unique fruit wines (we are particular fans of the black mulberry variety!). Every street is lined with wine sellers (Turkish word for wine is sarap), just choose the one you like and then be amazed by the choice. The wine sellers will do tasings for you to so you can try before you buy.
Wine apart, Sirince is a wonderful place to walk around. It's traditional crafts are on display and the town has a real sense of timelessness about it. The architecture is unusual and so unlike that often seen on the Aegean/Bodrum peninsula.
If you are going to Efes for the day - you must go to Sirince!!Add to your Trip Planner
Gumusluk: Ancient City of Myndos
Gumusluk is the site of the ancient town of Myndos and is a world heritage site. There is a large car park on the outskirts of the town and you can walk along the front very easily. Lots of restaurants to choose from all specialising in fish.Add to your Trip Planner
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