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Port of the Lycians Göltürkbükü

Midway along the north shore of the peninsula, Göltürkbükü nestles in a pretty bay surrounded by hills. The once separate fishing hamlets of Türkbükü and Gölköy came together a short time ago. It is 20 kilometres away from Bodrum on the northern side of peninsula and is a good spot for a quiet relaxing holiday.

If you drive down to the seaside you pass through gardens of mandarin trees. Scented Bodrum mandarins give a different taste and smell to a gin and tonic when they are cut while not quite ripe.

This delightful spot is the favourite peaceful place of numerous well-known intellectuals who make the many small bars and restaurants more interesting, especially at night. All the seaside restaurants have jetties offering swimming and sunbathing during the day and seafood at night. Candles are lit on tables and fires are lit in giant barrels on the beach. Fresh fish from fish farms or sea bream are placed on the grill. Those who want to make a night of it head to the city of Bodrum around midnight and the place becomes calm. Those who seek peace and quiet, take a walk on the beach, with the melody of the waves and the moonlight.

There are also caves, cisterns and tombstones around the village. Türkbükü was used as a port by the Lycians in ancient history. The sea trade to the Gulf of Güllük was conducted from here. Those who would like to go backpacking in the hills around Göltürkbükü will find the ruins of the historic city of Masanda.

In the open sea off Göltürkbükü, the Badem (or 'Almond') Island is situated. During the summer time daily boat trips from the quay in Göltürkbükü can be taken. The boats' stopping points are mostly quiet bays on the north of Bodrum peninsula.

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