“Hos geldiniz” is how the locals in Bodrum welcome their guests. Welcome to the bustling and popular seaside resort on the Aegean coast. Bodrum has about 30,000 inhabitants and is in the Mugla province of southwestern Turkey. In a theater-like setting, the beauty around Bodrum features a bundle of relaxation for tourists from around the world. Bodrum is a popular and interesting place to visit, and not only because of its ancient past, including the huge mausoleum – which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the city is a pleasant place due in large part to the friendly mentality of the Turks who live there, beautiful because of the impressive and lovely architecture, cozy with many comfortable restaurants, fun because of the bars and clubs, and also boasts a rich amount of water sport activities. These reasons and more make Bodrum a pearl of the Mediterranean. Due to the mild, Mediterranean climate – which even in the winter doesn’t tend to dip below 15ºC (59ºF) – Bodrum has long been a popular destination for beach and sailing lovers alike. The city has never experienced snow or even frost, which leads many residents of Bodrum to call the winter “Sonobahar” – ‘second spring’. With more than 2500 hours of sunshine per year and an average temperature of 30ºC (86ºF) in the summer months between May and October, Bodrum is a paradise for people who love the sun – both on land and, even more so, at sea. The typical meltemi winds – strong, dry north winds that blow from May through the middle of September around the Aegean Sea – blow in a pleasant manner across the city, taking on a weakened form across the polygonal shape of the city and having the effect of a nice breeze rather than a strong wind. The waves also remain calm due to the strategic layout of the coast and city. This wind is a special treat for sailors and boaters, because the winds can blow a boat along without dramatically increasing the choppiness of the waters. The crystal clear water also offers many activities. Around Bodrum, you can scuba dive, snorkel, jet ski, swim, and surf, not to mention many other activities. The former fishing village lures its hungry visitors to the bustling old city and presents them with many first-class restaurant options, which are consistently offering fresh fish just from the grill. When it gets dark, Bodrum’s night owls and partiers come out and visit the numerous open-air clubs and stylish bars that the city offers. Bodrum has plenty of variety even for that sort of crowd – with plenty of clubs and the celebratory atmosphere brought on by a vacation, nightlife is alive in Bodrum.
First time visitors to the Bodrum Marina Milta are greeted with a splendid view. In the large harbor basin, the Gulet boats typical of the region look like they are painted in their anchor spots. The double-masted, fat-bellied sailboats, finished in wood, seduce you with old world charm and lures with a “blue voyage” along the Aegean coast, following in the footsteps of the Turkish poet Cevat Sakir, who also took this journey in a search for rest and relaxation. The modern marina offers round-the-clock security and health services, tasty restaurants, and a shopping center. Both fancy sailing yachts, as well as more modern motor boats and sleek catamarans have their places at the docks and are just waiting for their next cruise around the azure blue sea. Yachtico.com offers a selection of over 150 sailing vessels for just such a trip. With that kind of assortment, the perfect boat can be found for any sort of occasion or journey. Above all, for a holiday at sea, you need to plan early. During the peak season in Bodrum, every spot in the marina is constantly booked up. This is due in part to the yacht club putting on regattas, and the sailors are based in the club’s marina. There are sometimes even regattas in the winter months. But for those who claim a coveted spot in one of Bodrum’s marinas, you will have a holiday you won’t soon forget. Bodrum is the perfect place to discover and explore the peninsula at your own pace. After raising your sails in the luxurious marina, go diving in the varied waters; soon enough, you’ll be coming upon the quaint fishing villages and gorgeous swimming bays that line the coasts of Turkey. On the southern coast, Bardakci, Gümbet, Bitez, Bagla and Akyalar are particularly charming and lovely. With wide, sandy beaches, a break on shore and stroll through the blooming trees in a tangerine orchard, a stop in one of these towns is worth it. On the west coast, visit Turgutreis, Gümüslük and Yalikavak to sunbathe on deck and sail along upstream to the amazing islands in the Greek archipelago. The Greek island of Kos, for example, is just seven miles away, and the bigger and more entertaining islands Rhodes is also easy to reach by boat.
For a carefree sailing trip through the Turkish Aegean, a transit log is essential. This important document entitles yachts and crews in the district to sail and includes data about the boat, the owner, the skipper and crewmembers, as well as the planned route, and it must always be stamped by the harbormaster in order to enter a marina. The entrance and exit rules in Turkey have not changed in the last few years, and require that a longer cruise always be planned carefully and in advance. Most larger ports and Ports of Entry already indicate the requirement of transit logs in order to avoid problems at entry. If you fail to have a transit log, you can be fined 50 Euros. If you are unsure or have questions, the harbormaster is always available in order to make a holiday in Bodrum carefree and fun for the entire family. Before starting your yacht charter, it is useful to clarify that it is best to have a skipper and crew – both of which can also be easily arranged at www.yachtico.com – for your adventure at sea. The experience of Bodrum will be a better one if you have nothing standing in your way, and the city’s fascination and popularity among water sport enthusiasts from around the world becomes quickly apparent. The winds that course through Bodrum are predominantly the Boreas north winds, which create ideal conditions for sailors and windsurfers and provide a pleasant breeze in an otherwise very hot summer. Between May and September, the meltemi winds also come in, from the northwest, sometimes with strength of a constant 4 Bft.
Only 30 kilometers away, getting from the airport to central Bodrum is an easy task. In Bodrum itself, as well as in other picturesque villages on the peninsula, there are many potential daytrips to sites worth seeing. Jeep safaris in the fascinating hinterlands are just as popular as excursions to the ancient buildings in the city. The well-preserved Myndos gate is especially nice, with parts of the city walls or the large theater on the hillside making a beautiful panorama over the southern Aegean Sea. For those interested in the construction of ships and boats, a visit to the Maritime Museum, which opened in 2011, is recommended. The museum also documents the history of the fishing industry in the region, and the permanent exhibition houses beautiful mollusks from around the world. On a stroll through central Bodrum, the attractive, characteristic white flat-roofed houses of the city reveal themselves. These houses conjure up a particularly dreamy atmosphere in the city. Governmental rules also contribute to that atmosphere – it is per regulation that buildings not be constructed over three stories high; the search for a high-rise hotel will prove unsuccessful. At one of the uncountable Turkish markets around the city, you can buy goods throughout the day. They are largely filled with Oriental arts, such as carpets and handmade sandals. A wide variety of good restaurants invite you on a balmy summer evening to enjoy the atmosphere and food of the country. Fish fans will be happy to find delicious, fresh fish, what with the proximity to the ocean, but Turkish cuisine also goes beyond that. The richly varied preparations of vegetables never fail to surprise people, and carry high priority in Bodrum. Along with the vegetables, ground beef or filled cheese rolls complete a meal. To finish, the world-famous mocha coffee is offered, meant as a sign for new beginning. A wander through the colorful pubs of the city will show you that “Raki” is the drink of choice. This anise schnapps appears cloudy, as if milk was added to it, and is therefore nicknamed “Aslan-süt” – which essentially means “lion’s milk”. Bodrum is also known for its long nights of partying. Most clubs do not charge for entrance, and night owls can easily dance among Go-Go dancers, video walls, laser shows, and predominantly young fellow dancers. Great open-air clubs line the marina and promenade and are fun and extravagant, and almost always feature live music and opening times well into the early morning hours.
A week in Bodrum – the favorite vacation town among Turkish artists and intellectuals and also the rich and beautiful – is always a highlight. On a stylish yacht, your time there will be unforgettable. With the comprehensive platform Yachtico.com offers, you will find over 150 bookable boats of all kind for your upcoming holiday in Bodrum. Catamarans, motorboats and sailing boats as well as yachts of all ages and from well-known manufacturers, can be sorted by starting port, the number of cabins and berths on board, boat model, price, and special options. Look through the selection however you like, choose a boat, and book it – all with just three clicks. Depending on the exact, individual preferences and requirements, prices for boats in Bodrum range from about 1000 to 6000 Euros per week. Skippers and leisure captains can also look on YACHTICO.com for practical, useful information about the region in order to have the perfect cruise by the most attractive landscapes around Bodrum. Or have a look at the Route Suggestion Bodrum – Sail along the Aegean coast.