There are so many beautiful beaches in Bodrum each with its own personality. Seven of the best known include – Bardakçı, Gümbet, Bodrum, Turgutreis, Camel, Bitez, and Yahsi. I hope to spend time appreciating each one before departing. So far, I’ve seen Bardakçı, Gumbet, Turgutreis, and Bodrum – those nearest my hotel.
Spring in Turkey is pleasant with occasional rain showers and cool breezy nights. The few hot days were REALLY hot so summer must be sizzling. Now is the time to enjoy peaceful, uncrowded beaches – the sounds, smells, and colors of the sea are soothing to the body and soul.
Bardakçı Beach is just below my hotel. It’s a small sandy beach on the Bardakçı Bay coastline near the town center between Bodrum Harbor and Gümbet. It’s ringed by villas, resorts, and hotels. “In ancient myth, Bardakçı is known as the Bay of Salmacis. It’s the place where Hermaphroditus, the son of the god Hermes and the goddess Aphrodite, fell in love with the water nymph Salmacis.”
Gümbet Beach is near Bodrum center and named after the gümbets (white-domed cisterns used to gather rainwater) lining the surrounding hills. Gümbet is easily accessible and one of my favorite beaches. Gümbet’s coral reef is popular with scuba divers. There are plenty of orange sponges, sea urchins, and star, parrot and other colorful fish to see. I had dinner at a restaurant there and enjoyed the sunset and a fantastic meal of homemade Turkish ravioli (called manti). The crowd was mostly Turkish. They were playing lively ethnic music and everyone was happy and made me feel part of the crowd. Some gorgeous tall-masted gulets sat anchored in Gümbet Bay.
The Greek island Kos is clearly visible from slender, sandy Turgutreis Beach. Local restaurants employ staff to serve drinks and food to sunbathers and swimmers. The coastline is beautiful and the quiet seaside villages of Kadikalesi and Gümüşlük are a short walk away.
Camel Beach is a sandy beach in the southwest, a little more distant than other Bodrum beaches. Locals say the sea at Camel Beach is warmer. It’s called Camel Beach because there are touring camels waiting to take you for a ride!
Bitez Beach has a natural shallow bay and a cooling sea breeze that picks up in the afternoon. It’s about a half mile west of Bodrum in the bay next to Gümbet Beach and within walking distance of some beautiful mandarin groves. The winds at Blitz Beach are great for windsurfing.
As you follow the peninsula west, Yahsi Beach is a large beach where the water is very deep It occupies the bay next to Bitez Beach and you can reach Yahsi Beach via minibus (dolmus) from Bodrum’s main bus station.
Love all of Bodrum’s beaches and cherish the time here!