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4Bitez Yalisi - Bodrum
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Built upon the ruins of ancient Halicarnassus, Bodrum (Turkey) is a bustling town of contrasts. A popular embarkation point for gulet charters setting out on their Blue Cruise, Bodrum also bustles with the local Turkish jet set, who love to flock down and stroll the promenade by summer. Wintertime brings a serene peace and quiet as local inhabitants reclaim their town for themselves again. Despite its rapid growth, Bodrum still retains the charm which has drawn people to her for over 2 millenium. Spectacular contrasts of color from purple bougainvillea draped over the corner of a stark white cube house, and the azure Blue of the Aegean constantly emerging between a labyrinth of cobblestone alleyways.

Bodrum is the center of activity on the oblong peninsula on the southwestern most corner of Turkey. Many smaller villages dot the perimeter of the Bodrum peninsula, each with its own personality. Gümüslük draws Turkish locals and visitors to its quiet bay to offer the finest selection of fresh seafood available. Yalikavak, on the northwestern side, offers magnificent sunsets and small town charm with its century old windmills along the mountaintops. The twin towns of Türkbükkü and Gölköy are particular favorites of Turkish society crowds in the summertime and are a must for those who enjoy people watching.

On the southern side of the Bodrum peninsula is Bitez, a particular favorite for families on holiday, and Ortakent with its acres of mandarin groves situated below the 16th century Ottoman Tower House. Continuing westward is Akyarlar, the closest point to the Greek island of Kos, and on the western most tip of the peninusa is Turgutreis, with a new yacht marina due to open in 2002.

Just as the town of Bodrum is the center of activity upon the peninsula, the Castle of St. Peter, with its beautiful, trademark silhouette is the focal point of Bodrum. Home to the world renouned Museum of Underwater Archaeology, the Bodrum Castle is also a fine example of a medieval stone fortress complete with cannons, dungeons and banquet halls.


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