A short distance from Bitez, the tranquil resort of Ortakent offers total relaxation. Located at the heart of the Bodrum peninsula, the hillside village is set on a rich and fertile plain with citrus, olive and fig groves leading down to the sea. The south-facing sandy bay is long and wide, with a good variety of restaurants and bars lining the waterfront. Weekly markets and bazaars are stocked with a colourful array of fresh produce, local arts and crafts and the latest fashions. Attractive 17th century tower houses, unique to the area and built for defensive purposes, are also a popular feature of the village.View villas in Ortakent
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The Turkish cuisine offers a great range of vegetarian, fish and meat dishes, with a variety of spices and ingredients that make it very popular and appeals to all tastes. The Turkish kebab is a favourite, simply grilled meat on skewers with a pitta bread as a simple accompaniment, or the Turkish equivalent of the pizza is the “pide”. Like the usual pizza base, you will find not just the predictable tomato and cheese, but also fragrant lamb, spinach, chargrilled courgettes, prawns and walnuts as a range of toppings. Borek are tiny filo pies filled with ham or cheese, all washed with “raki” the traditional firewater, or the fresh Turkish wines.
The Yahsi section of Ortakent is where most of the restaurants serving a variety of cuisines are located. Everything you need to satisfy your appetite is on their menus. They will also provide light hearted entertainment. There is an active nightlife however due to Ortakent being more popular with Turks than tourists the music is generally not western.
Bodrum Sarapcilik produced its first wine during vintage season of 2013 was founded at Kizilagac, Bodrum as a small family business with a production capacity of 10 tons and producing Vinbodrum Merlot & Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon
A few miles from Bodrum is the Greek Island of Kos, one of the best known healing centres of the ancient world is the birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of medicine. Explore this picturesque old city at your own leisure.
Take the hydrofoil to Rhodes, there is so much to see, the walled Old City is a labyrinth of narrow streets and cobbled alleys with attractions on every corner, from intriguing shops to the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knight of St.John. Once the bastion of this powerful religious brotherhood which adorned the city with the spoils of war and profits of trade and the monuments of that age are grand indeed.
Excursion boats moored in both Bodrums bays offer day trips around the peninsula's beaches and bays, Karaada (Black Island), with hot-spring waters gushing from a cave, is a popular destination where you can swim and loll in healthful orange mud.
The Bodrum Cup Regatta is held annually in the third week in October and during this six-day sailing and socializing event, more than 100 wooden yachts and over 1,500 participants are expected to take place in the regatta and will make their way to a series of Greek islands before returning to Yal?kavak and then Bodrum.
Bodrum's fish market offers a unique sort of direct dining: you choose between myriad fresh fish and seafood on ice at fishmongers' tables and, having paid there, have them cooked at any adjoining restaurant.
Visit Turgutreis Saturday Pazar market is if you do love to shop then this market is a must. On Saturdays is one of the most popular, this is a large market with plenty of variety and as many fabric stalls and carpet sellers also have stalls here. Foods including wild herbs, olive oil and cheese offer abundant variety.
Spend a wonderful day at the Bodrum Dedeman Aquapark, one of Bodrum’s most popular attractions. This expansive water offers 23 water slides, a 350 meter river with artificial waves and a range of pools. Race down the frothing waters of the wild river and feel like you are white-water rafting, or plunge into the surf of the wave pool. The wide range of water slides from gentle to thrilling ensures that Dedeman Aquapark has something for everyone no matter how adventurous you are.
Visit Rabbit Island which separates the two beaches of Gumusluk. The island is accessible by a partially antique sunken causeway, which was built during the Hellenistic period. It is possible to walk to the island through the water since it is only knee-deep. You can climb up to the top of the island, take photos of the beautiful surroundings, sunbathe or dive into the clear blue waters of Gumusluk from the rock formations and swim above the ruins near the island. Rabbit Island was named after the rabbits which once inhabited the island, and it is still possible to see rabbits running wild on the island.
One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum in Bodrum was the greatest achievement of Carian King Mausolus (r 376–353 BC), who also moved the Carian capital from Mylasa (Milas) to Halicarnassus. Today, the only ancient elements to survive are the pre-Mausolean stairways and tomb chambers, the Mausolean drainage system, the entry to Mausolus' tomb chamber, precinct wall bits and some large fluted marble column drums.
The Ancient Theatre in Bodrum is an ancient Halicarnassus' restored 4th-century-BC theatre lies in the hillside rock, and still functions for summer concerts.
The remains of the Myndos Gate are newly restored. This is the only surviving gate in what were originally 7km-long walls probably built by King Mausolus in the 4th century BC. In front of the twin-towered gate are the remains of a moat in which many of Alexander the Great's soldiers drowned in 334 BC.
The Castle of St. Peter was built the Knights Hospitaller in the early 15th century. The castle houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology , displaying the underwater archaeology treasures amassed during the building's renovation. Spread around the castle, the attractively lit and informative museum has reconstructions and multimedia displays to complement the antiquities
Tennis courts, Ten pin bowling, Go-karting, Fishing, Horse riding
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