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Welcome to the Best of Dereköy

Derekoy Village Bodrum Peninsula TurkeyIntroduction to Dereköy

Dereköy is a small rural village most travellers will just pass through on their way to or from Gümüşlük. Its landmark feature is a couple of Gourd shops on the side of the main road, which distract evening passers-by with their high watt sparkle.

If you’re in the mood for deserts and pastries, stop off at the Dolce Vita Cafe (located just along from the gourd shops) which bakes their own cheesecakes, cupcakes, Tiramisu and brownies, and serves a selection of teas and coffee. With advance notice, they will also make special occasion cakes to order.

The weekly market is held every Tuesday, and is a casual and haphazard collection of local produce stalls set up on either side of the main street.

Location

Dereköy is located inland, along the route between Gümüşlük and Ortakent.

Approximate distances to Dereköy:

  • ~6km from Gümüşlük Beach
  • ~7km from central Ortakent
  • ~16km from central Bodrum
  • ~51km from Milas-Bodrum Airport

Getting There

Travelling from Gümüşlük, you pass through the windmill-laden village of Peksimet before reaching Dereköy. On the eastern side of Dereköy you drive through the inland hamlets of Yahşi and Ortakent (not their coastal sisters).

There’s a limited Bodrum to Dereköy dolmuş service, which ends in central Dereköy, but the more frequent Bodrum to Gümüşlük dolmuş service also travels through Dereköy, and runs into the early hours of the morning.

Bodrum to Dereköy Dolmuş:

  • Frequency: Every 45 minutes
  • First Bus Bodrum to Dereköy: 8:00am
  • Last Bus Bodrum to Dereköy: Midnight

Derekoy Village Bodrum Peninsula Turkey

Things to do: Sightseeing

Just on the outskirts of Dereköy is the Alpözen Art Gallery owned and managed by the former director of Bodrum Castle. The gallery has an extensive collection of ancient sculptures, art glass and paintings. Their opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday 10:00am to 6:00pm. The gallery also operates a small cafe.

Things to do: Hiking

Hike to Yalikavak: There’s an intermediate 13km scenic off-road hike travelling north out of Dereköy, passing through the village of Yakaköy, past the Partipanaz Rock and through the village of Sandima, and down the hill into Yalikavak.

Big Cheese Hike: 4 mile round-trip that starts near the Alpözen Art Gallery and leads to a big rock shaped like a piece of cheese.

Things to do: Shopping

Other than a couple of local bakkals, Dereköy’s claim to fame is its well-stocked Gourd store-fronts and workshops. The gourds can take as much as a year to dry out – and then a couple of days to turn into a lighting accessory.

Le Kabbak: Head towards the mosque in the centre of the village, and you’ll see the distinctive square red “Le Kabbak” sign hanging above the long, low-slung whitewashed building where an extensive collection of gourds and miniature windmills are on display.

Derekoy Village Bodrum Peninsula Turkey

Le Kabbak is run by an enterprising group of lamp makers at the forefront of “rural renewal” in Dereköy. According to their website, the artists put blood, sweat and tears into the making of each creation, and this infuses the gourds with new spirit.

Sukabak: Next door to Le Kabbak is another shop called Sukabak. This is smaller than its neighbour, but sells a similar collection of gourds and windmills. Their workshop is part of the shop, and there are gourds handing out to dry and in various stages of creation. If you time your visit just right, you can watch the artisans drilling the designs into the gourds.

There are other Sukabak shops on the Peninsula, including one in nearby Gümüşlük.

Derekoy Village Bodrum Peninsula Turkey

Weekly Farmers Market & Pazar: Tuesday

This local market is held every Tuesday, and is set up on both sides of the main street running through the heart of the village. This is primarily a local produce market selling a varied selection of fruits and vegetables, but there are also a couple of house ware and Turkish clothing stalls.

This market is aimed at and frequented by village locals, but tourists will get a warm Turkish welcome, albeit through non-verbal customer service interaction relying heavily on finger pointing and head nodding and shaking.

Derekoy Village Bodrum Peninsula Turkey

We were the centre of attention when we stopped off at the weekly market to buy vegetables and herbs for our evening barbeque. The stall holders went about their business as I captured both produce and the scenery in my camera lens, while groups of local tweens orbited us, shouted “photo, photo” at the top of their lungs, and then ran off, giggling.

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