Three Bodrum towns that are going places
This marina town is in the middle of a renaissance. Tasteful luxury resorts have been built upon its hills, overlooking the wide bay. Supergeek (and super billionaire) Bill Gates has holidayed there - mooring in the harbour on his superyacht. Roman Abramovich has claimed it one of his favourite holiday spots. And, in 2013, we saw Palmira Bodrum rise, phoenix-like, from the ashes of Port Bodrum Yalikavak to become one of the Aegean/Mediterranean’s most incredible marinas.
The multi-million dollar marina investment by the Palmali Group has turned this once modest marina into a state-of-the-art centre catering to yachts of up to 100 metres in length. Every eye - from the property investor to the seasoned sailor - is upon this once humble town on the western side of the Bodrum Peninsula.
Sailors are using Yalikavak as a base from which to explore the nearby Greek islands and the stunning Gulf of Gokova. Others are reluctant to leave at all - no longer a holiday destination, Yalikavak is now a year-round centre, and its Bodrum beachfront homes are some of the most sought-after villas in Bodrum.
Ever wondered where the beautiful people go on holiday? Well, you can call off the search - we’ve found them and they’re lounging carelessly on Turkbuku’s beach platforms. This glitzy Bodrum resort is known as Turkey’s St Tropez, and it’s crammed with Turkey’s It-girls, small screen celebs, movie stars, heiresses, models and wannabes. In Turkbuku the cocktails flow like water and bronzed limbs glisten in the sun. Turkbuku’s beach clubs each have platforms where you can sun yourself beside the sea, and from where you can take the occasional dip (taking care not to smudge your eyeliner, obviously).
On a more practical note (forget the beautiful people just for a second here) Turkbuku is one of the prime Bodrum property spots. Prices can be high but so too is the rental potential, with Turkbuku’s rental properties in extremely high demand.
Turkbuku’s reputation is helping to cement Bodrum’s fame as one of the most desirable locations on the Mediterranean. This is the place to see and be seen - so when will we see YOU there?
Once the seat of ancient Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, Bodrum Town is now the seat of stylish shops, excellent restaurants and some of the peninsula’s finest Bodrum property. This bustling town, centred around a marina and the striking Bodrum Castle, is an absolute must for anyone travelling to the peninsula. Bodrum is home to a superb archaeology museum and the scattered ruins of the ancient civilisation that imbue the town with a heady old-meets-new atmosphere.
Bodrum’s inhabitants are a world away from the fashion show of nearby Turkbuku. An understated sophistication prevails and Bodrum property reflects the town’s style and class.
Recent years have seen an increase in the amount of land and property purchased in Bodrum Town, especially from overseas buyers. Halicarnassus’s glory days are long gone - but Bodrum’s are just beginning.