ABOUT BODRUM REGION
The sophisticated, sun-drenched resort and peninsular of Bodrum is one of Turkey’s most popular and well loved property hotspots offering a wide choice of villas and apartments. Often referred to as ‘the jewel of the Aegean’, the Bodrum region offers a classy mix of modern day comforts nestled amidst historic gems. No-matter if you’re seeking a holiday getaway or a luxury mansion, there’s a property in Bodrum with a location to suit.
Located in the Mugla Province, Bodrum is one of coastal Turkey’s favourite holiday resorts – and has been for years. Little white washed houses and bougainvillea covered stone cottages are scattered across the hillsides. Contemporary luxury villas overlook crystal clear bays and deserted coves, hiding along the pine covered hillsides. There’s a 24/7 social scene in the town centre should you want to party, and the Castle of St. Peter, ancient Myndos Gate and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus make for interesting visits if topping up the tan gets tiresome.
Bodrum is served by Milas Airport 30 minutes drive from town, 40 minutes to an hour transfer from Yalikavak, Gumusluk and Turkbuku. For the property investor Bodrum has lots to offer. If bustling resort life is what you’re after, central Bodrum, Gumbet and Bitez is a good bet and all within easy reach of the town centre and airport. For those looking to reside in the area you are spoilt for choice with the entire peninsular offering options to suit. Take a look at the descriptions below for a better insight and CONTACT US if any take your fancy.
Bodrum Town, or Old Halicarnassus, is an enticing mix of old world and new generation. It offers an eclectic blend of fancy boutique hotels, international eateries and sophisticated nightlife nestled beside carpets shops, bazaars, traditional lokantas (restaurants) and trinket stores.
Bodrum is a thriving coastal resort once dubbed “Turkey’s St. Tropez” by the New York Times. Situated on Turkey’s stunning Aegean coast, it boasts three modern marinas making ideal for sailors or anyone wanting to tour the multitude of hidden bays in the area. Bodrum has a charm appealing to most that visit. Aside from the vibrant social scene and superb shopping and dining, Bodrum town offers a good helping of history. There is very little land left available for development in the town centre. This leaves investors needing to consider resale properties or refurbishments if they are after a property in the heart of town, or head towards neighbouring Bitez or Gumbet if the social scene takes your fancy.
Bitez is Bodrums more laid back neighbour. A beach resort just 5 minutes from the centre of Bodrum, it’s the place to retire to after a night on the town or a busy days shopping.
Bitez was once known as Agacli, literally translated as ‘with trees’, largely because of the many citrus groves and mandarin orchards. The resort became popular not only due to its close proximity to the centre Bodrum, but also because of its crescent shaped beach – the ideal place to relax and catch a few rays. Head back from the beach and enjoy a spot of lunch or an evening meal in one of the many restaurants and cafes, or indulge in a spot of shopping in the warren of back streets to escape the midday heat. Property in Bitez starts at around £70,000 for apartments, rising into the millions for sea view luxury homes.
Think mini-me…just 2km from Bodrum centre, Gumbet is mini-Bodrum! An established tourist resort with a healthy array of shops, bars and nightlife, it’s the alternative place to enjoy a night out when you are bored with nightlife and shopping in Bodrum.
Gumbet is a tourist resort jam packed full of activities and things to do. It’s long beach and shallow waters make it a family favourite with all sorts of water sports to keep you entertained between tanning sessions. Gumbet will appeal to investors looking for a great rental return or wanting to immerse themselves in a thriving resort environment. Property prices start at around £70,000.
Got a healthy budget? If you’re after a luxury sea view home with unrivalled views across the prettiest bay and islands, and want to mingle with the elite, Turkbuku is for you!
Turkbuku offers oodles of sophistication and is one of Turkey’s most popular investment choices for the international rich and the wealthy. Swanky beach clubs, fine waterfront restaurants, fine dining and fresh seafood are what’s on offer locally. Relax with a glass of Cristal or a martini (shaken not stirred) as you perfect that golden tan before retiring to your contemporary home or Mediterranean style villa to enjoy the sunset. Property prices in Turkbuku tend to be higher than much of the coast with properties starting at c£300,000, villas from c£600,000 to well into the millions.
Just 25km from Bodrum lies the ancient Carian city of Myndos, now better known as Gumusluk. A hearty mix of history, beaches, tranquillity and activity, it’s an alluring former fishing village that’s grown into a popular and sophisticated location choice for discerning property investors.
It’s hard not to be charmed by Gumusluk. Think lazy days spent on one of the nearby beaches or enjoying Turkish Khavalti (breakfast), freshly milled coffee or grilled seafood in one of the many restaurants or bistros. Gumusluk is so attractive that many who visit now either own a holiday home or reside in the area permanently giving the village a decidedly cosmopolitan feel. Prices of property in Gumusluk is fairly reasonable if compared with some other areas on the peninsula. Apartments can be picked up for as like as £55,000 in some cases.
The small harbour and fishing town of Gulluk is just 15 minutes transfer away from Bodrum Milas Airport. A growing holiday destination gaining popularity with property investors, it’s a great choice for those wanting a laid back ambience, amenities at hand, good choice of restaurants and bars plus easy access to the beach and transport links.
The pretty fishing port of Gulluk lies in Mandalya Bay on the Aegean Sea. Fairly unspoilt, it offers a relaxed and lazy lifestyle largely centered around the beach, harbour side and lovely array of restaurants, boutiques and cafes. Enjoy a coffee and watch the fishermen arrive on their little boats with the daily catch of Sea Bass and Sea Bream, eat rice stuffed mussels from a street vendor and enjoy an Efes beer at sunset. Properties in Gulluk start from c£60,000.
The attractive and historic coastal village of Torba is situated just 6km from the hustle and bustle of Bodrum town. Its lovely beach framed by olive groves and pine forests, surprisingly, despite development, it retains a laid-back and traditional feel making it the ideal spot for those that want a relaxed retreat within easy reach of the bright lights of Bodrum.
Torba is popular with tourists, mainly coming for a day’s escape from Bodrum or staying in the few fancy resorts or family run hotels scattered along the back of the shoreline. The front is a great place to relax and unwind featuring a good selection of cafes, shops and restaurants. There is a good range of private properties (mainly villas) for sale in Torba starting from c£170,000.
Ortakent boasts one of the best blue-flag beaches in the peninsular and lies just 7km from Bodrum town. Popular with surfers and water-sports enthusiasts, Ortakent’s long coastline is hard to beat and appeals to most that visit.
Ortakent has two faces – the tourist and the local. Most that hire a car or travel around the peninsular will come across Ortakent, translated as ‘middle town’, as it’s the converging point for routes between Turgetreis, Yalikavak and Bodrum. The area is famed for its citrus groves and historic ruins but the beach is what lures the tourists, 3km from the main town and highway. As you would expect, around the beach is a good selection of cafes, bars and restaurants and a good helping of tourism – a very different feel to the traditional working Turkish business district in the main town. Ortakent offers a good mix of modern and traditional with property prices upward of c£90,000.
Turgutreis is the second largest town in the peninsular, 20km from Bodrum, an hour’s drive from Bodrum Milas Airport. A lively tourist destination, it offers 5km of glorious sandy beaches backed by fabulous selection of restaurants, bars and shops.
Turgutreis is a large town boasting all you would expect from a thriving Turkish tourist resort and working sea side town. Shops, restaurants, bars, beaches, nightlife, hotels, all-inclusive resorts and properties are found in abundance. The coast features 14 little Turkish islands and several inlets and coves backed by impressive mountains making the area popular with ‘blue voyages’ and boat trips. In addition, you can catch a ferry to the Greek island of Kos from Turgutreis marina should you fancy a change of scenery. Turgutreis offers a broad range of properties with price tags from c£85,000.
Blue-flag beaches, hillsides peppered with windmills, luxurious living and crystal clear waters are what greet you in Yalikavak. This sophisticated marina town is the choice for wealthy yachtsman and artisans. Boasting the newly extended, 620 berth Port Palmarina Bodrum (formally Port Bodrum Marina), and a classy selection of high end restaurants, bars and entertainment, it’s hard not to fall in love with Yalikavak!
Yalikavak was formally known for its sponge fishing but has grown over the last 10 or so years into a sizable town homing a wonderful range of luxury sea view villas and mansions. It is here that the wealthy Turkish city types, Arabs and affluent foreigners choose to have their holiday homes. Yalikavak has a broad range of property starting from around £70,000 to way over £1 million
TRANSPORT LINKS TO/FROM BODRUM
Airports – Bodrum Milas Airport serves the peninsular and is a 30 minute drive from the centre of town, within an hour’s transfer from some other locations mentioned.
Buses – Bodrum’s main bus station (otogar) offers regular first class coach services to most cities and towns throughout Turkey. Smaller, local buses run in resorts and around the city centre taking you to neighbouring villages, resorts and attractions.
Ferries – Ferry services to the Greek Islands of Kos and Rhodes are available from Bodrum. They normally leave early morning, returning late afternoon/evening.