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Yalikavak Holidays

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Bodrum holidays

Two Turkish worlds in one

Over the past century or so, Yalikavak has made a graceful transition from simple fishing port to popular tourist resort. However, even with the recent addition of a sleek marina and mall, this town on Turkey’s Bodrum peninsula on the Aegean Sea retains plenty of traditional charm.

Yalikavak holidays effortlessly merge classic Turkish hospitality with modern upscale amenities, as you’ll discover while you enjoy a glass of crisp local wine in a bar, watching the sun set over distant Greek islands, or take part in some friendly banter with your waiter over an enormous platter of ‘meze’ (selection of small dishes). A former fishing and sponge-diving village, the town now has gleaming yachts and luxury boutiques, introducing a sense of contemporary glamour. However, holidays to Yalikavak would be less inviting without the lively background of proper local Turkish character, which there certainly still is. It truly offers the best of both worlds.

Your Yalikavak questions, answered

The most central beach is 200 metres of sand and pebbles, with plenty of sunloungers. The bay gets windy, making it ideal for water sports – especially windsurfing.
The main market is on Thursdays and features stalls selling everything from organic fruit and vegetables to clothes and souvenirs. Feel free to haggle, as that’s all part of the fun.
The busy shopping area located around the marina boasts more than 100 upmarket boutiques, with a special focus on designer fashion, accessories and fine jewellery.

Best things to do in Yalikavak

Hit the Old Town

Yalikavak Old Town is full of traditional tea shops, as well as stores selling beautiful artisan crafts – all amid the fragrant scent of tangerine trees.

See a ghost town

Take along a picnic for a 45-minute hike to Sandima, a deserted village containing around 80 crumbling houses – a haunting spectacle and a great photo opportunity.

Check out the windmills

Head to the hills and explore a cluster of partially restored traditional Turkish windmills that hark back to the area’s agricultural past and provide particularly special views.