Yalikavak Holiday Destinations – 2014
The beautiful seaside fishing village of Yalikavak in Turkey is set to become even more popular for 2014. This stunning holiday destination on the Bodrum Penninsula is the place to be. Attracting the rich and famous, locals and families who have all fallen in love with the relaxed atmosphere and breathtaking scenery make Yalikavak Holiday Destinations in demand.
The Growth of Yalikavak
Yalikavak is a picturesque coastal town on the Aegean located to the north west of the Bodrum Peninsula in Turkey, about 18 kilometres from Bodrum. Initially, Yalikavak was a small fishing village and sponge diving community. Over the years tourism developed in Yalikavak which saw many restaurants, bars and shops thrive in the village. The Thursday market in Yalikavak soon became the largest market day in the area with a wide choice of goods and fresh produce to purchase. Yalikavak boasts blue flag beaches and attractive bays, set amongst hills with impressive panoramic views overlooking the town and across the Aegean Sea. Continued coverage in national newspapers including the Daily Mail and Marie Claire magazine often highlight this beautiful town and stunning area. It comes as no surprise Yalikavak has come under the spotlight for further ambitious development with its beautiful coastline and warm climate.
Caption: Aerial view of the new Palmarina in Yalikavak
Caption: The state-of-the-art Palmarina showing some of the super sized yachts
The Summer of 2013 in Yalikavak had the glamorous opening of the much anticipated impressive Palmarina, this state-of-the-art purpose build marina housing super sized yachts including the likes of celebrity owners Giorgio Armani and George Michael. Palmarina is the only high capacity mega and giga super yacht port in Turkey. The marina has many designer shops, high-class restaurants and the jet-set ‘Billionaire Club’ with contemporary style, luxury and exciting atmosphere. The club was created by Italian Flavio Briatore better known as the manager of the Benetton Formula One racing team. The huge investment in the Palmarina has opened the door to a whole new clientele which will now attract the rich and famous. If you like celebrity spotting then this will be the place to go for 2014!
Amenities: Yalikavak even with all the new development at the marina has retained it charm and culture. The increase in tourism has seen many seaside restaurants and cafes emerge along the coast with plenty of shops housing a colorful selection of holiday souvenirs to purchase. Walking the cobbled streets between shops you will find many local men playing board games while enjoying a coffee during the afternoon. The old fishing port of Yalikavak has kept its charm with a good choice of established restaurants and cafes with sea views, and shops selling everything from Turkish delight to bucket and spades.
Caption: The old fishing port in Yalikavak showing a few restaurants with sea views
Eating out in Yalikavak offers a superb choice of international dishes to choose from including traditional Turkish dishes to Greek, Italian, Indian or for the less adventurous the English breakfast! Fresh seafood is caught daily and friendly staff are always on had to help you make a good choice. There are many excellent restaurants in Yalikavak here are just a few worth mentioning; Sofi’s Restaurant serves excellent international food on the beachfront while Kosede Steak and Wine House serves fantastic steaks; Le Cafe Ristorante Italiano serves a really tasty pizza and also remarkable Indian dishes, and for a tropical escape The Secret Garden serves a wide choice of freshly cooked food at reasonable prices including Turkish dishes, fish, steak and proves to be popular with the locals. There’s plenty of choice and most restaurants cook traditional Turkish cuisine alongside mainstream international dishes.
Caption: Kosede Steak & Wine House serves a mouthwatering steak
Caption: Enjoy a steak and the stunning views from the Kosede Steak & Wine House upper terrace
Yalikavak has many cash machines and even most bars will exchange currency at competitive rates. WiFi is easy to access with the majority of restaurants and bars offering this free service to entice you in for a drink or bite to eat.
The beaches in Yalikavak are generally long and quite narrow. You will find plenty of comfortable sun loungers with parasols you can use for free if you purchase a drink from the nearest bar. The beaches also have platforms leading out into the Aegean Sea, which are great for swimming in the calm warm waters or relaxing and topping up your tan while reading a book. If you like keeping fit the beachfront promenade has an outdoor gym and is ideal for jogging along the seafront. If that sounds too energetic why not enjoy a casual stroll along the promenade to working off your lunch.
Caption: Yalikavak Beach, choose a comfy sun lounger and relax
Caption: Take advantage of the beach platforms for easy access to the warm turquoise sea
During the evenings you can watch the dramatic sunsets at Terras Bar, enjoy a few drinks and savor the beautiful views of the Yalikavak old harbor. If you fancy yourself as a potential X-Factor contestant then why not try your hand at Karaoke in Zorros.
The newly built Palmarina is a short 10 minutes walk from the old town. The marina has many fine restaurants, cafes, patisseries, galleries, kids play area, a waterpark and more. As you would expect from the designer shops and international restaurants you will a pay little more for food and drink here but for a special meal and to enjoy the atmosphere it’s definitely worth a visit. If you love seafood the Sait Fish Restaurant serves freshly caught fish and with its prominent position on the marina boasts excellent views over the Aegean.
Caption: Sample freshly caught seafood at the Sait Fish Restaurant
Caption: Satisfy your shopping desires with designer shops, cafes and more at the Palmarina
Captions: The Palmarina kids waterpark
If you really want to experience the highlife then a visit to the Lotus Beach Club is a must. You can swim in the beautiful infinity pool, take a dip in the Jacuzzi and relax on the giant sun loungers and watch the super yachts come and go from the marina. If you hire a sun lounger you can expect to pay £30 for the day.
Caption: Relax in the Palmarina infinity pool at the Lotus Beach Club
If you want to truly experience how the other half live then a visit to the Billionaire Club on the marina will be the highlight of your holiday. The grand opening in 2012 commenced with a magnificent firework display and a host of celebrity guests including Naomi Campbell and Heidi Klum. Spending money in here is not a problem as drinks are expensive. However, what price can you put on experiencing the open air dance floor and state-of-the-art sound system with the chance to mingle with the rich and famous.
Activities: Exploring the beautiful coastline of Yalikavak is a great way to see some fantastic scenery and visit some of the little islands off the coast. Hiring a boat for your party of four will cost about 400 Turkish Lira, depending on the size of your boat. Boat trips include a cooked lunch and other refreshments can be purchased on-board. During the trip you can relax and stop off at places, jump off the boat into the crystal clear turquoise sea or just enjoy the relaxing views sailing around the coast. Trips tend to leave at 10am from the old port and return back for about 6pm, it’s a full day and be sure to take your sun lotion!
Caption: Beautiful views of the coastline surrounding Yalikavak
Caption: Experience diving into the warm clear turquoise sea
No visit to Yalikavak is complete without a trip to the Thursday market. The choice of fresh colorful vegetables and fruit is astonishing, it’s worth stocking up and trying the freshly cut slices of melon on offer. The market is the largest in the area with leather goods, jewelry, clothing, sunglasses, toys, herbs, spices and more. Make sure you haggle on your purchases for a better price and secure yourself a bargain! It’s an experience for your senses with so many colorful stalls, freshly good food and the sound of friendly banter.
Caption: The massive Yalikavak market held in the square every Thursday
If you fancy a day or two away from Yalikavak then a short 20 minutes drive to Bodrum has a host of activities and things to see and do. The harbor and the Castle of St Peter are popular attractions and are well worth the visit. The castle offers stunning views overlooking the city and the marina. The Ortakent Waterpark in Bodrum is one of Turkey’s largest water and amusement parks covering an area of over 40,000 meters with 24 slides, a wave pool, children’s pool, restaurant and bar. It’s perfect for a fun day out for all the family.
Shopping in Yalikavak is great as there are plenty of souvenir shops. There is a wide choice of colorful glass for candles, ornaments, handbags, turquoise and aqua jewelry and lots of boxes of Turkish delight. There is also an art gallery across from the mosque displaying the work from local artists. Near the old marina there is an ‘Art Alleyway’ where local artists display a selection of beautiful paintings. Be sure to pass by during the day or the evenings to see these, you can also purchase jewelry and leather goods from the small stalls here in the summer months.
Discover more about Yalikavak
Yalikavak has grown over the years and recent investment has seen the Palmarina firmly put Yalikavak on the map and considerably raise its profile for the rich and famous. It remains a fantastic family holiday resort and will continue to do so. The balance of the old and new adds to the charm of Yalikavak and the warm friendly people and stunning views and weather make this a popular destination. A superb choice of holiday accommodation from apartments to luxury villas caters for budgets of all sizes.
If you are lucky enough to visit Yalikavak try and explore some of the other surrounding seaside villages such as the World Heritage Site of Gumusluk. The resort of Gulturkbuku is also worth a visit, a well loved retreat for the Turkish rich and famous. Getting around in Yalikavak is easy as there are regular dolmus buses from the square theses are a cheap way of getting about and exploring the picturesque region.
A holiday to Yalikavak is well worth a visit, treat you and your family for 2014 and see why so many people visit year on year.
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