Examples of the local architecture typical to Bodrum can be seen all over the peninsula. The clusters of white stone villages are quite the sight against a bright blue sky and the arid mountainous landscape of the region. The local government stipulates that buildings must only be painted white or, left natural (stone). The contrast is even more striking thanks to the bountiful bougainvillea that often tumbles down the buildings' facades, creating a romantic Mediterranean ambiance. While Bodrum and the nearby Gumbet are both buzzing centres of activity, a good idea is to rent a car or make use of the local bus service to visit the nearby townships. To the north of Bodrum are Torba and Golturkbuku, popular stopovers for Turkey's young and beautiful, as well as the odd international celebrity. For most of the year this delightful corner of Bodrum is a tranquil place, until the glamourous hordes descend during the high summer period. Gumusluk, 14 miles west of Bodrum, is a quaint village known for having mostly resisted overdevelopment but is especially famous for its many excellent fish restaurants. A little further north is the small fishing village of Yalikavak. Although it is somewhat developed, it retains its charm and is well known for the laidback atmosphere among the abundant seaside cafés and restaurants. Not far from the marina, the weekly Yalikavak market is held on Thursdays and is a must-see if you are in town.
Words by Richelle Harrison Plesse