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Welcome to the Best of Yalıkavak

Yalikavak Peninsula Turkey Ariel ViewIntroduction to Yalıkavak

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get around to creating this Welcome page for Yalıkavak!  It’s the first town on the peninsula that tugged at my heart-strings, and it’s probably the location I’ve visited the most.

Bodrum and Turgutreis are the two biggest towns on the Bodrum Peninsula, but in my experience, Yalıkavak would have to be next in line.  One thing they all have in common, is they host a modern Marina each, and Yalıkavak’s “Palmarina” is currently in the midst of expansion.

Yalıkavak reminds me of the “little engine that could” – it’s small and sleepy exterior, hides a powerful engine, which is driving expansion and change.  The small and compact downtown area, is chock-full of shops and restaurants, and leads to a bustling harbour, lined with yet more restaurants.

The town places a keen focus on art and crafts; from Art Galleries, Craft Stalls and Art Walks, and this provides visitors to fully appreciate the artistic diversity of Yalikavak.

Entry and sign of Art Street in Yalikavak Bodrum Turkey


Yalikavak Kudur Peninsula Bodrum Turkey

Getting There

  • If you are driving to Yalıkavak, from Bodrum, you’ll drive through the heart of the Bodrum Peninsula.
  • It takes about 25 minutes to get from Yalıkavak to Bodrum by dolmuş and in summer they run every 20 minutes in both directions.
  • As well as the main Bodrum route from the south, you can also reach Yalıkavak from Gümüşlük to the West, and from Gündoğan to the East.
  • The Yalıkavak dolmuş station is in the heart of town, on the main road, close to where the weekly Pazar is held.

Yalikavak Beach Bodrum Peninsula Turkey

Things to do – Beaches and Water

Yalikavak Harbour Bodrum Peninsula Turkey

Things to do – Shopping

Yalikavak Kudur Peninsula Bodrum Turkey


Yalikavak Marina Bodrum Peninsula Turkey

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Quick Reference Travel Guide

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  1. Elaine Hayes

    Just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for your great website, and for the help it gave us in organising and enjoying our holiday.

    You helped us choose our destination of Yalikavak – which was perfect, exactly what we wanted in a destination and thanks to you we found the oldest hammam in Bodrum and went to Geris on the bus for lunch, and may not have done either of these things if we had not found out about them from you. Thank you.

    1. Roving Jay

      Hello Elaine .. thanks so much for taking the time to let me know about your trip, and I’m so pleased that my website inspired you to discover places you wouldn’t have otherwise experienced.

      If you get a chance, it would be great to include your favourite “Top 5” list of places or activities from you holiday … and if you have any photos you’d be willing to share, that’d be brilliant. Jay
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  2. susan oliver

    Hi I am looking to book a holiday in Yalikarvak, but need to know a lot more about it, for instance are ther lots of places to swim as there seem to be a lot of private beaches which there is a charge for , could you tell me if that is true and how much can they charge? Also have heard that it is very hilly.My husband has walking difficulties so need to know if he can get about, are there taxis readily available ect?

    1. Roving Jay

      Hi Susan, there are public beaches adjacent from the pedestrian down-town area of Yalikavak, and there are a few beach clubs that charge and entrance fee. So you have the best of both worlds. Near the town and shopping area it’s pretty flat, but if you travel further afield it can get a bit hilly, but there’s cheap public transport and taxis readily available.

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