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Yalikavak’s astonishing transformation

Yalikavak’s metamorphosis from sleepy fishing village to considered one of Turkey’s most luxurious locations has been nothing wanting breathtaking.

Positioned on Bodrum’s northwestern tip, this charming village was as soon as a small port the place fishermen docked their boats alongside the harbourside, promoting their each day catch to the villagers. It was effectively off the overwhelmed path for vacationers, who most well-liked established Bodrum city or areas additional down the Mediterranean coast.

Over the previous decade, nevertheless, Bodrum’s miraculous transformation from a easy however charming backwater to considered one of Turkey’s premier locations has firmly positioned this Aegean city on the map.

Probably the most beguiling issues about Yalikavak is that whereas it’s undeniably luxurious, the city retains its outdated world attraction. You’re simply as prone to bump right into a fisherman as you’re an oil tycoon or member of a European royal household. In actual fact, whereas there are some extremely refined eating places on the town. A few of the finest eateries are the small and unassuming fish joints by the harbour. Serving up easy however contemporary seafood dishes for round 10 euros.

Palmarina Bodrum
Excessive-tech marina

Yalikavak’s state-of-the-art new marina has gone an extended method to revamping the city. Previously Yalikavak Marina, a multi-million Euro revamp by the Palmali Group. Headed by Azerbaijani entrepreneur Mubariz Mansimov, has turned the as soon as careworn marina into Palmarina Bodrum. A centre for all issues yachting – and all issues stylish. The marina boasts 105 outlets. Internationally famend restaurant chains like Cipriani and upmarket golf equipment just like the Billionaire’s Membership, the place, in case you’re feeling flush, you possibly can hire a solar lounger for a cool 26 euro. In fact, there are additionally trendy amenities for yachts, with mooring for round 150 yachts.

“An actual discover”

Tamara and Winton Scott-Hastings agree that there’s nowhere fairly like Yalikavak. The English couple not too long ago purchased a 1.9 million euro waterfront property in Bodrum with its personal personal jetty the place they moor their yacht. The couple, each crusing lovers, found Bodrum after they started their seek for a summer time house.

“We’ve all the time holidayed on the Cote D’azure, and we began houses there earlier than realising {that a} waterfront property in Yalikavak is a couple of third of the worth of its equal within the south of France,” Winton says.

“We expect Yalikavak is an actual discover; it’s someplace we look ahead to returning to yearly for the remainder of our lives,” Tamara says. “We love the outdated streets and the uniquely Turkish flavour of the taverns and the harbour.”

Yalikavak property overlooking marina
Yalikavak property overlooking marina

The couple winter their yacht at Palmarina and say the amenities on the marina rival the very best they’ve seen on the earth. “We’ve sailed in and round Monaco, the south of France, Italy and Greece and seen some unimaginable marinas. I’d say Palmarina is up there with the very best of them, and crusing in Turkey too.” Winton says. For the couple Palmarina is greater than only a storage facility. “From our place we are able to attain Palmarina by water in simply over ten minutes. Typically we’ll go there for dinner at Nobu after which sail again beneath the celebs. It’s magical.”

Palmarina has already attracted excessive profile guests like Invoice Gates. Who stayed for just a few days in his superyacht, and Roman Abramovich. And there’ll absolutely be extra stars on the horizon for Palmarina. Because the revamp is just only the start, with additional luxurious developments within the works in addition to plans for high-speed boat journeys to the Greek islands.
Yalikavak harbour

Yalikavak: life’s a seashore

Yalikavak’s seashores take pleasure in Blue Flag standing for his or her cleanliness and wonder. Certainly, on days when the solar is shining (because it does 300 days of the yr) the glowing blue sea contrasted with the inexperienced hills means Yalikavak’s seashores are a few of the nicest round. Head to Kudur Bay, the place the Xuma seashore membership provides lush cocktails and music in addition to a variety of water sports activities. Worldwide stars repeatedly make an look behind the DJ sales space on this hip spot.

Laid-back Magi Seaside Membership on Tilkicik Bay is extra household oriented: a seashore restaurant with a big seating space unfold alongside the water’s edge and a pontoon floating in crystal clear waters. The meals is nice and it’s a soothing place to whereas away a day. The children will love Pirates of the Cactus, an unimaginable water park that’s not too long ago opened simply exterior of Yalikavak.

Xuma Seaside Membership
Tradition and historical past

This a part of the peninsula is alive with historical past and artwork. Head to Sandyma, a centuries-old inland village. As soon as Yalikavak’s important residential space. Sandyma has been deserted to the weather and makes an fascinating and poignant cease in your tour of the city. If in case you have time, cease in on the Nural Sanat Evi. An area artwork home run by a painter and sculptor couple. The street winding as much as the village is lined with small meals stalls the place you possibly can seize a tasty breakfast on a budget.

Again on the town, head to Sanatcilar Sokagi, a road crammed with artisans promoting their wares, in addition to a bustling Thursday market.


Yalikavak’s sunsets are legendary on the peninsula. Sundown’s undoubtedly the very best time of day to wander alongside the harbourfront and seize a meal and toast the top of one other lovely day in Bodrum. In any case, it’s what the locals have been doing for generations. Strive Mythos, a preferred fish tavern on the entrance. Sit on a bench within the city sq. at Kavakli Kofte, a conventional and rustic native hang-out. Gulten Abla is sheltered by a big sycamore tree and serves up tried and true Turkish fare. You’ll additionally discover Italian, Indian, Japanese, Thai, Greek – principally something you could possibly want for. For seafood, strive established Cimentepe or Saits.

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