Akyarlar is in the often overlooked south-western corner of the Bodrum Peninsula, and is due south of Turgutreis (it’s also part of the Turgutreis Municipality).
It’s a little off the beaten track, and if you fancy a day away from the mass of tourists that converge in Bodrum and Turgutreis, head to this corner of the Peninsula to get a slice of Turkish market-town life.
Akyarlar has a secluded bay, with a birds eye view of the tip of Kos. The first time I visited Akyarlar, was during a road trip around the Peninsula, and it makes a great stopping off point. The bay has a selection of restaurants and cafes, and there’s a small beach with loungers, as well as a small harbour jetty where you can take a day boats around this part of the coastline.
Akyarlar is also a anchor-stop, on day boats from Turgutreis taking the southern tour, and we stopped here for afternoon tea and cake during our trip.
In the afternoons, this part of the Peninsula can get decidedly windy, so if you’re taking a boat trip, remember to bring something to cover up with.
- Historically, Akyarlar was known as Arhialla
- Akyarlar is situated at the south-western part of Bodrum Peninsula facing the Greek Island of Kos
- Approximate distances to Akyarlar:
- 58km from Milas-Bodrum Airport
- 9km from Turgutreis
- 17km from Gümüşlük
- 27km from Yalikavak
- 24km from Bodrum
- The easiest way to navigate to Akyarlar is from Turgutreis. Drive due south, following the stunning coastline, and shortly after the Lighthouse, your drive round the tip of the Peninsula and arrive in Akyarlar.
- If you’re coming from Bodrum/Ortakent direction, you can turn off the main road at Gürece and head south towards the ocean for about ~5km. Just before Kargi bay, the road will fork, and you should take the right-fork, and drive for about ~8km to reach Akyarlar.
- If you’re coming by Dolmuş, look for the Akyarlar line from Bodrum or Turgutreis.
Things to do
- Gaze at Kos in the distance, on a clear day, you’ll be able to see people milling around