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Yalıkavak is a town in Bodrum Peninsula of southern Aegean Region, Turkey.

Get in[edit]

The closest airport to Yalikavak is Bodrum Airport. The easiest way to go to Yalikavak is to take a minibus from Bodrum. It costs about 3.50 TL (US$ 2.30) per person and available practically 24 hours, except between 5AM and 7AM.

Get around[edit]

The main dolmus station is in the middle of the town, and services destination from Yalikavak in all directions. The most frequent service is between Yalikavak and Bodrum, but there are also regular local routes (e.g. traveling out to Kudur Peninsula), and a route that runs along the norther coastline of the Bodrum Peninsula from Turgutreis to Turkbuku, which stops in Yalikavak.

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  • Yalikavak's town logo is a windmill, and you will see them dotted around the peninsula. These windmills are from an earlier era, and many of them have been left in a state of disrepair, but more recently the town councils have realized the tourist benefit of renovating them. There is a renovated windmill by Yalikavak Harbour, and a group of 3 windmills on the hill overlooking the town, on the road to Bodrum. 1 of which is fully renovated. If you time your visit just right, you will see the caretaker unfurling the windmill sails.
  • Yalikavak Marina is popular with yachties who come from all over to experience its superb facilities and one of the places to see in Yalikavak. It is just a short walk from the center of Yalikavak.
  • There are a set of Rock Caves on the nearby Kudur Peninsula - near the public beach. You can get here via dolmus or car.

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There are many small beaches in Yalikavak all of which are very clean with warm crystal clear waters. The beaches are particularly scenic and are also very popular during the evenings with holiday makers enjoying the spectacular sunsets beyond the Aegean.

In this area the beaches can get quite choppy because of the wind, making the bay perfect for windsurfing. There is a windsurfing company at the beginning of the beach, just past the harbour.

Many people come to Yalikavak to sail from Palmarina Port (Formerly known as Port Bodrum) the large marina. Many charter companies have boats based here, including Aura Yachting, giving access to sailing areas both to the north of the the Bodrum peninsula or to the south.

There is a small harbour adjacent to all of the shops and restaurants, and this is where the majority of small day boats moor. Wander down here in the evening to find a boat for a day trip.

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  • Shopping opportunities in Yalikavak can include the weekly market selling everything from fresh seafood to clothing and hand made goods with weekly public bazaar on every Thursdays.
  • Some of what are popular to buy while in Yalıkavak include local weavings, kilims, souvenirs, little windmills that are the symbol of Yalikavak, unique carpets of Turkey, hand made clothes, jewellery, watches, leather and just about anything else that you can think of.

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Walking through the town centre of Yalikavak you will find many bars and restaurants, many of which are alongside the beach or harbour.

  • Musti's Steakhouse. A few yards walk (turn left / East) of the marina entrance. It has a good menu of steaks, burgers and chicken with a good selection of wines and other drinks. Prices work out about the same as a Turkish restaurant.

Visit Palmarina (Yalikavak's marina) for the up-market (and somewhat more expensive) restaurants. Parking is a challenge and limited at Palmarina, however there are many (paid for) car parks directly opposite the marina. There's an upmarket supermarket (UK's Waitrose equivalent) called "Macro Centre" at the marina (few parking spots available) and they deliver to your (super) yacht too.

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Telephone code of the town is (+90) 252.

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