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Relax and unwind on stunning beaches and explore the beautiful village of Yalikavak. Once the main fishing port in the Bodrum area, Yalikavak is now a thriving holiday destination that’s full of unique boutiques, friendly eateries and laidback bars. Boasting a gorgeous stretch of beach that’s lapped by calm, crystal clear waters it’s an ideal place to enjoy a relaxing beach holiday. It’s also surrounded by a fantastically lush landscape, so when you’re feeling restless there is plenty of inland adventure to get involved with. Whether you feel like having a chilled out holiday on the beach or an activity based trek around the hillside, Yalikavak has something for everyone.
Things to do in Yalikavak
Whether you’re looking to take it easy in the sun or enjoy a holiday that’s jam-packed from the word go, look no further than Yalikavak. With a myriad of scenic highlights on its doorstep, a beautiful beach to call its own and located no more than a stone’s throw away from the bustling town of Bodrum, there are plenty of attractions on offer. In Yalikavak, you can enjoy a holiday that’s as lively or as laid back as you are. Conveniently located on the northern shore of the Bodrum Peninsula, Yalikavak is perfectly placed for exploring the nearby captivating town of Bodrum. Take a day trip there and wander the winding streets of the old town, marvel at the fascinating ruins of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus or enjoy delving into some delicious Turkish meze. Bodrum has also been frequently visited by some of the hottest celebrities, so you never know who you might end up sitting next to!
On a Yalikavak holiday you can really relax and get away from the stress of work and the cold weather. The village has one main blue flag beach, but the exclusive nature of the area ensures there is plenty of space to top up your tan in peace. The calm waters make it a perfect spot for families and if you’re too relaxed to swim, just take a cooling dip when the midday sun reaches its peak. You needn’t go far when you’re feeling hungry – there is a selection of excellent waterside restaurants nearby to tickle your taste buds. While you’re enjoying a long lunch, you can enjoy the views of the hillside surrounding the coast; a feast for the eyes.
During your Yalikavak holiday, make sure you explore the traditional Turkish town centre. Specialist markets run throughout the week and there are plenty of family-run restaurants and cosy little bars to enjoy a drink in after a hectic day of sunbathing. There’s also a beautiful marina to visit called Palmarina, where you can enjoy a drink or some meze as you watch the spectacular yachts that visit the area. If you’re after some action and adventure, you won’t need to go far. Surrounded by beautiful hills, ancient villages and iconic landmarks, there’s plenty to see and do. Visit the Panormus Rock Caves to see some fascinating stone carvings and spectacular views of the bay below. Go for a hike up the mountain and discover the abandoned village of Sandima or venture into the hills and seek out the three derelict windmills that lay hidden away. Wherever your travels end up taking you, don’t forget your camera as there are plenty of stunning views in Yalikavak.
Please note that Irish Passport holders arriving in Turkey from 10 April 2014 need to obtain an e-visa online before travel. You can apply for your e-visa on www.evisa.gov.tr