One of the most beautiful places on earth is Gokova Gulf. Geographically, it begins from Huseyin Cape on the Bodrum Peninsula and continues to the town of Gokova. Bodum is located at the north of Gokova Gulf and it is the birth place of Heredotus, the father of historical sciences and the town where the first Blue Voyager, Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli, also known as the Fisherman of Halicarnasus lived. This singing, dancing lively town enchant the local and foreign tourists, and its bohemian atmosphere, bring together the artists, intellectuals and connoisseurs of Turkey. Bodrum is an attractive port city with the liveliness and brightness of the night-life, the white-painted typical Bodrum houses with dark pink flowwers all over their doors, and with its splendid view, both in the day-time and the night-time.
Entering the Bodrum port, the first site of attraction is the impressive Medieaval Bodrum Castle. The Castle is built by the Knights of St. John, to protect the city which is located at the intersection of Aegean and Mediterranean seas. Today, Bodrum Castle serves as the Museum of Underwater Archeology.
Shopping in Bodrum is a pleasure. Stores selling Bodrum’s sandals, blue beads worn against the evil eye, garments made from Bodrum cloth and other gifts line up in the bazaar. In certain streets, local artists come together to exhibit and sell their works.
In the Bodrum Peninsula, beautiful bays, entertainment and history are within one another. As the peninsula is open to the winds, windmills can frequently be seen. Bays such like Torba, Ilica (Cennet) Buku, Turkbuku, Gundogan, Yalikavak, Gumusluk, Guvercinlik, Catalada, Turgut Reis, Akyarlar, Gumbet, Bardakci, Ortakent, Bitez and Kargi Koyu and Bodrum are located around the Bodrum Peninsula.
The Mausoleum of Halicarnasus:(4th century, B.C.) was one of the seven wonders of the world in antiquity. This mausoleum is so famous that, the cenotaphs in the world are still named as mausoleum.
is one of the most well-equipped and most beautiful marinas in the region. From this marina, Blue voyage boats, depart to the Mediterranean, on a daily basis. Bodrum Port is very busy and is always lively. To the north of Bodrum Peninsula, the gulf’s deep and clear waters, turn from dark blue to turquoise; the coast line is covered with forests in all the tones of green. In the evenings, during the sunset, the silhouette of the mountains are reflected to the sea; in the night time, the silhouette of the mountains, swing and glitter. As the boats departing from Bodrum sail towards Gokova, the harmony of blue and green, and the beauties under the clear waters can be explored one by one. Boat making and sailing, which has a hundreds of years of a history as crafts in Bodrum, has intensified with the increase in the tourism based demand and yacht tourism has become a major source of income for Bodrum. Karaada, Kargacık Buku, Pabuc Cap, Kargi Island, Alakisla, Orak Island and Cokertme are sites of attraction in a Blue Voyage. Bays with a clear sea and green forests such like Kucuk Cati, Buyuk Cati, Yedi Adalar, Longoz, Degirmen Buku, Karacasogut, are important stops in a Blue Voyage. Along with the natural beauties, historical sites such like Sedir Island, the antique city of Keramos and Yedi Adalar (Seven Islands) are visited.
Sedir Island is famous for the antique Cedreae (Kedrai) city and the famous Cleopatra Beach. Surviving to this day from the ancient city we have the Temple of Apollon, the theatre and the remains of a necropolis. The beautiful fossilic sand, incredibly beautiful beach and the perfect view of the Kiran Mountains, over against the gulf at Sedir Island is amazing. The shore line in this region is very wavy. In the coasts to the northwest to the Island, the forests reach to the deep bays of the gulfs. This wavy shore line, called the 66 gulf, is said to be named after the pirate stories told in the region.
The waters of Hisaronu Gulf welcome the amazing beaches that embody the heritage of both the ancient and the modern civilization. At the end of the Datca Peninsula, the antique Carian city of Knidos is located. Knidos is built by Strabo and is defined as “a city for the most beautiful of the goddesses, Aphroditis, built on the most beautiful of all peninsulas.” In the 4th century, B.C., the city was an important cultural and artistic center. The city had two ports, one facing the Aegean and the other facing the Mediterranean. Over these two ports, the passage way to the circular temple dedicated to the goddess of love is lined with heart-shaped white marble columns. Pracisteles’ statue of Aphroditis, is the most beautiful sculpture of the ancient world and give the temple its elegance.
The town of Datca is a popular stop for the yachtsmen, with its numerous and colourful fish restaurants, bars and discotheques. The serene Kecibuku Bay is located in Hisaronu Gulf. The marina therein, the mountains and forests around, the natural, long sand –so-called “Girlsand”- and numerous other natural beauties are impressive. Leaving the Hisaronu Gulf, the next stop is the bay of Bozburun town, which is famous for gullet building in Turkey.
Loryma is located at the cape of Bozburun Peninsula. The antique port and fortress ruins therein, can only be reached from the sea. Kumlubuk, a turquoise paradise, is located at the south coast of the gulf. At the north coast, on the other side of the sea, is located the Rhodean city of Amos. The natural port in Turunc, faces the openness. The next port is Marmaris.