Sites & Activities in Bodrum Peninsula and Beyond
Considered as one of the best boutique hotels of Bodrum, Turkey, 4reasons hotel+bistro is nearby many historical, ancient and cultural sites as well as many activities ranging from water sports to local experiences like hammam visits or strolls in fruit markets. Below are the must dos and must sees we gathered for your consideration.
Surrounded by hills, the villages of Yalikavak are characteristic of ancient Aegean settlements and some go back thousands of years in history. As a close venue, Sandima is a deserted, 600 year old village. It is situated in a bowl at the base of a ring of barren hills and is accessible by car but makes for a very pleasant walk. Considered as the most colourful of the area, the local market of Yalikavak brings farmers and artisans together every Thursday. It is a great local experience.
In Bodrum town, St Peter's Castle is without doubt the focal point. The castle now houses one of the richest underwater archaeology museums in the world. Another point of historical interest is one of the original Seven Wonders of the world, The Mausoleum, the tomb of king Mausolos, dating back to around 350 BC.
Four thousand years old Ephesus is one of the largest and best-preserved ancient cities around the Mediterranean and is a place not to be missed. The extensive site will take three or four hours to visit. Ephesus was the most important commercial port in the Mediterranean region, with a population of about 300,000. It was the provincial capital of Rome, and the Temple of Artemis was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Pamukkale, literally meaning cotton castle, is an area with stunning white calcium pools, which cling to the side of a ridge. This area is also home to the ancient city of Hierapolis. Dalyan/Caunos is renown for its long sandy beach where rare Giant Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta Caretta) come to reproduce. The magnificent rock tombs remaining from 400 BC which are sculpted in the form of the porticoes of small Ionic temples are worth seeing.
Once a flourishing port, Priene is one of the finest examples of Hellenistic town design, with five columns of the Temple of Athena still standing. Lake Bafa hosts several lakeside restaurants along its shore and near Camici village is the ruins of a Byzantine monastery. Heraklia was established here in 350 BC.
Within Bodrum peninsula, you can discover charming and cozy towns and indulge yourself at the forever blue and immaculate beaches around. Some of the more notable town centers are, Gundogan, Golturkbuku, Turgutreis, Ortakent and Gumusluk.
Whilst indulging your senses at 4reasons hotel+bistro, the possibilities to keep busy are endless, such as visiting the abundant amount of Historical Sights or enjoying the Yalikavak (local food) Market on Thursdays, or simply enjoying the water sports opportunities such as, Sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming and windsurfing. Visiting one of the posh beach clubs, or relaxing in a Turkish Bath, Hamam, or sailing to near by Greek Islands are some of the other activities we recommend to our guests.
However if you wish to indulge yourself to the sun, the daily boat tours (Blue Voyage) are always a favorite. Other activities such as, Golf, Horseback riding can all be arranged at the 4reasons hotel+bistro for you. Traditional cookery classes are a whole day affair and is very popular amongst the 4reasons hotel+bistro guests. Known as the Saint-Tropez of Mediterranean, Bodrum town center offers an endless night life.
For a memorable local experience, our staff would be thrilled to assist you in choosing and arranging what to do and where to go in Yalikavak, Bodrum or simply in the Southern Aegean. Just contact us to start your cultural adventure in Bodrum, Turkey.