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Guide to Bodrum

Find your own patch of serenity floating in the blue of the Aegean

Turkey is well known for it’s sailing opportunities and Bodrum is for good reason one of the most popular areas to start, finish and generally enjoy during a charter yacht vacation in the region.

This vibrant port city can be found in the southwestern corner of the beautiful Turkish peninsula of the same name and is packed with as many cosmopolitan bars, great restaurants and chic shopping areas as it is historical and cultural sights. Here you can enjoy the many delights of the meandering East Mediterranean summer season, whether you’re mingling in with the hustle and bustle on land or finding your own patch of serenity floating in the blue of the Aegean.

Overlooked by the historical St Peter’s Castle (home of the Museum of Underwater Archaeology), Bodrum’s exceptionally well-equipped harbour has long welcomed the world’s superyachts of all shapes and sizes to its shores. The waterfront is full of chic restaurants which buzz through the summer months with those looking to hop onto land for a few hours and soak up the sophisticated atmosphere. The city itself meanwhile still evokes the traditional beauty of this part of the world with its white washed, blue-trimmed buildings and squares lined with busy cafes, all protected by laws that restrict over development.

There’s plenty to see, eat and do if you’re spending some time ashore, not least of which is a visit to the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. Dating back to between 353 and 350 BC, this ancient tomb has been declared one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and today stands as one of Turkey’s most famous landmarks. What’s left of the ruins today give a sense of the importance of the site in Bodrum and the intricacy of the sculptures and architecture, combined with extended gardens create a perfect cultural setting.

Between the livelier yachting spots of Bodrum and Marmaris are the strikingly unspoilt peninsulas of Gökova and Bozburun which form the border of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. Here you can explore the rural beauty of Turkey, from rugged stretches of coastlines to idyllic bays and islets, it’s the perfect place to switch off and enjoy the surroundings. This can also be a great opportunity to extend your charter itinerary into the glamorous Turkish Riviera and the gorgeous Greek islands. Go traditional on a magnificent Turkish Gulet, indulge in a sumptuous luxury motor yacht or build up some speed on a sports yacht.

If you are interested in a private yachting vacation in the clear waters of the Turkish Islands view all Turkey Luxury Yacht Charters which are available to rent.

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Reasons to Visit

Local Turkish Cuisine
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  • Monuments
  • Nature
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