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Welcome to the Best of Göl-Türkbükü

golturkbuku beliediyesi logoGol-Turkbuku, Bodrum TurkeySister Bays

The bays of Gölköy and Türkbükü are 2km apart, but together, these two towns form the municipality Göl-Türkbükü. Sign posts will reference the full name, but the bays are individual locations and unique destinations.

To confuse matters further – the town of Gölköy is split into two:

  1. Lower Gölköy is the area that surrounds the bay, and
  2. Upper Gölköy (Yukarı Gölköy) is up in the heavily forestested hills.

Lower Gölköy is located ~15 km north of Bodrum, and is the first bay you’ll reach in the Göl-Türkbükü pairing.

If you’re driving to these destinations from the Torba direction, you’ll drive through heavily forested areas full of pines. Drive a couple of km north along the coastline past Lower Gölköy, and you’ll reach Türkbükü – both sit in the shadow of Karadağ Mountain

Map drawn by Yoga Turkey of GolkoyLower Gölköy Bay

I found this cute little hand drawn map from yogaturkey, which shows the roads in and around Lower Gölköy.  This map alone made me want to visit this area, and the last time we were in the area, we found a place to park and explored the bay.

Yoga Turkey have advised that this map is “woefully” out of date, because more roads are available – but I think we get the picture.

Lower Gölköy is located in a small bay, and at one end is the village and the small harbour, and at the other end of the bay is a man-made beach. In between are an assorted mix of restaurants, hotels and local pansiyons. There are more hotels along the main road which is parallel to the bay.

Click here for a Photo Essay of my Exploration of Lower Gölköy Bay

Turkbuku Bay and Almond Island, Bodrum Peninsula, TurkeyTürkbükü Bay

The photo shows a view of Türkbükü bay and Almond Island, and this bay is the playground of the glitterati from the big cities, both home and abroad.

Both Gölköy and Türkbükü are nestled within the hugs and shadows of the surrounding mountains, and have very different vibes and personalities. I wonder if they’ll be able to retain their secluded charm?



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© Small beach photo from Aegean Select Properties

© Handrawn Map of Golkoy Yoga Turkey

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  1. sedef Piker

    Turkbuku is very charming to be sure but the photo you have is from Golkoy I think.

    Golkoy still has the provincial charm while Turkbuku is a great place to visit for wonderful shopping, hanging out and people watching. It has something for everyone…
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    1. https://www.bodrumpeninsulatravelguide.co.uk

      Hi Sedef — the main photo is Turkbuku, but you’re correct — the smaller photo, which I’d also tagged as Turkbuku, is actually Golkoy. Thanks, for pointing this out, — I’ve corrected it now.

      If you havent’ already – check out my other posts on Turkbuku:

      Roving Jay recently posted..Ducks, Boats and Swimmers share the bay at TürkbüküMy Profile

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