FarAwayVillas - Gulluk, Bodrum, Turkey

Local Area Info - A Taster of the Many Attractions

Situated on the wonderful turquoise coast in the south west corner of Turkey
Surely not many places on Earth can have so much going for it?
Sea, islands, beaches, mountains, forests, ancient historical sites & enchanting villages.
Great climate, low humidity, cooling breeze
Apartment & Seaview 1 Complex

The apartment is next to a beautiful pool (and toddler's pool) which are surrounded by well manicured, landscaped lawns and gardens. Next to the pool, and with great views, is a large terraced area with loungers and parasols for your use.

The complex comprises 28 luxurious 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, but rarely gives the impression of being crowded. Beneath the pool the complex has its own sauna and gym, both of which are free to use.

Free parking spaces are provided and there is 24 hour security provided by on-site staff.

Just 3 or 4 mins walk are small stretches of sandy beach with limited facilities incl toilets very close by. The coastline here is also very rugged but reachable by foot, providing lots of opportunities to explore little coves and to walk over rocks and rock pools and to gaze into the clear turquoise water.

The apartment and complex is managed by MaviRealty, (Mavi means "blue" - not to be confused with the nearby holiday resort) the same people who organise the airport transfers, and they will hand you the keys, no matter what time of day or night you arrive. Mavi will also be on hand to assist should you experience any issues in connection with the apartment/complex or just to give advice generally including travel, and things to do and see, and will also make bookings for you if you wish.

More Gulluk area info and links

The superbly located and high quality restaurant "Fuego" is just 4 mins and Ozkan club and bar 3 mins walk from apartment. A 4 min. walk will take you to the Mavi Holiday resort, next to the sea, with pool, beach, bar, restaurant, extensive grounds and lots of sporting activities. Both of these charge only 30TL or 25 Euro, for all inclusive food, drink, entertainment and facilities - great value.

The area abounds with activities and things to do and see of all kinds.

The cheap minibuses (Dolmus) run from the village and can take you anywhere in Turkey, including frequent buses to Bodrum and many other surrounding coastal villages and attractions.

Many facilities are on your doorstep. The many and varied facilities of the Mavi holiday resort (incl sea front bar and restaurant) may also be used.

Watersports of all kinds can be undertaken from the nearby village. Take advantage of tremendous all day boat trips for around £12 incl lunch.

Gulluk will soon have its own marina and is expected to rival that of Bodrum. Many refer to it as the new ‘Monte Carlo'.

The fishing village is charming and still shows off its traditional pasttimes, but equally abounds with modern, welcoming and lowly priced bars and restaurants dotted all the way around the pretty bay, starting within a few minutes walk of the apartment.
The bay now has a newly extended promenade - perfect for a beautiful and romantic stroll in the glorius and warm evenings.

Beaches in the area are generally small, and part sandy/part shingle, and swimming can be undertaken from the beach or is sometimes off wooden or concrete platforms. Gulluk centre is about 12 mins walk along a coast road lined with bars, restaurants and small shops. The international airport at Bodrum Milas is a mere 15 minutes away. Chic and stylish Bodrum is just a 30 mins drive.

Gulluk itself (translated means "place of roses"), is a picturesque traditional (quite large) fishing village. The village is set in a protected bay on the Aegean coast and enjoys the most remarkable and romantic sunsets. Surrounded by forests; olive, almond and orange plantations, the Bay of Gulluk is full of small-unspoilt villages, bays, coves and beaches.
Though still relatively undiscovered, Gulluk and the surrounding area are benefiting from an increase in visitors and hosts a large number of bars and restaurants mostly offering great food at great local prices, though up-market dining can also be found. The area is regarded as "chic" and "exclusive" and attracts wealthy Turkish and International visitors. For a great convivial atmosphere try Joe's Bar in the centre of Gulluk (next to Yapi Kredi Bank, opp the pleasure boats). A new 2 km long paved promenade has recently been completed and a new soon to be built exclusive marina and several golf courses will make Gulluk what they are calling the "new Monte Carlo of Turkey". Already the Vita Park Golf Resort is open and is just a 15 min drive away.

The plans for Gulluk are very exciting and tourism experts have already referred to it as the future "Portofino of Turkey" High praise indeed and thus the perfect holiday location for those seeking quiet and peaceful surroundings, combined with the ability to undertake all manner of activities incl golf, walking and watersports (scuba diving, sailing, snorkelling,  windsurfing, water ski-ing, surfing, canoeing). The renaissance of Gulluk is already under way and even with all the exciting plans for the village, you can be assured that Gulluk retains its special charm and character.

Also known as the "fishing paradise of Turkey", it is not surprising that the village of Gulluk is famous for its fish restaurants, where sea bass and sea bream are the speciality.
Gulluk enjoys the enviable position of being in a quiet and peaceful location but it is by no means remote. Of its many plus points, one is Gulluk's location and accessibility.

Gulluk village boasts all facilities a holidaymaker could want, including banks, ATM's, post office, large "Migros" supermarket, telephone and internet connections, taxis/car hire, bus station, boat (incl Gulets) and fishing trips and boats/yachts for hire. The market is open several days of the week and as well as being exotic, colourful and fun, offers some great bargains.
From Gulluk a wide variety of excursions and activities can be undertaken, including plenty of water-sports, walking, cycling, visits to historical sites etc.

There is no necessity to hire a car being just a short walk to Gulluk centre and from there you can take the bus to the nearby villages, market town of Milas, and to the lively and exciting resort of Bodrum, which is well worth a visit or 2. Cost is YTL10 (about £3) each way. The minibuses ("Dolmus") travel the whole of Turkey, are very frequent; very cheap and stop on request. Bodrum has many attractions, including marina, shops, clubs, famous windmills, historical sites and a waterpark. It even has a Tesco's (under the name of "Kipa"), and a Marks and Spencer.

Restaurants are generally, little more than 60-70% of UK prices. Supermarket prices are very good for local produce esp. fruit & veg, but rather more than UK prices if you want UK brands eg Kellogg's Corn Flakes etc. Buses are very cheap at just a fraction of UK cost. All day boat trips are from £12 incl. lunch, or take a 1 hour ferry from Bodrum to the beautiful island of Kos for just £10 return. An all-day ‘diving tour' incl. lunch is £35, Rafting £40, all day excursions to some of the many nearby historical attractions, incl. lunch start at around £20. A Jeep Safari incl. lunch costs from £20.
Car hire from £27 per day.

The apartment and complex is managed by MaviRealty, (Mavi means "blue" - not to be confused with the nearby resort) the same people who organise the airport transfers, and they will hand you the keys, no matter what time of day or night you arrive. Mavi will also be on hand to assist should you experience any issues in connection with the apartment/complex or just to give advice generally including travel, and things to do and see, and will also make bookings for you if you wish. 


Bodrum Interesting facts for tourists

Bodrum is a lively ‘international' resort with many quality shops and restaurants. Thousands of boats moor in the marina and boat trips of all types (including some to nearby Greek islands) can be taken. There are many historical attractions in and around the town including the old castle and mausoleum. For a great day out for the whole family, visit the Dedeman Aquapark at Ortakent, Bodrum.

The Bodrum Peninsula is situated on the South-West coast of Turkey. The coastline of the Peninsula, famed for its crystal clear waters, is 174 kms long with both large and small tranquil inlets, and surrounded by many islands of varying size. The coast is speckled with a wide variety of lovely and individual villages. All can enjoy the spectacular views, and swimmers and snorkellers will enjoy the clean, deep blue waters. The quiet beaches, the windsurfers bays and wild rocky cliffs are all nature's blessing on the Peninsular.
Bodrum, known in ancient times as Halicarnassus, is now a lively holiday resort but both nature and history stand side by side with one another on the peninsular. St. Peter's Castle, built by the Knights of St John in the early 15th century, dominates the harbour and Bodrum is famous for being the historical site of one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World, namely the Halicarnassus Mausoleum. Bodrum also houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology as well as an impressive amphitheatre.

Bodrum holds an appeal for everyone - sponge divers, sailors, fishermen - as well as those who just wish to take in the white washed houses and windmills with purple flowering bougainvillaea climbing the walls. For tourists and locals alike, inexpensive shopping centres and bijou boutiques beckon with their unique and tasteful merchandise as do the traditional markets where fresh fruit and vegetables from the villages abound alongside traditional and local goods.
Bodrum is also famous for its nightlife. During the day people enjoy the carefree pleasure of exploring the local sun-kissed beaches but also choose to take in the lively atmosphere at night.
Bodrum is well-known for its night clubs which present exotic floor-shows with noted artists. The world famous open-air Halicarnassus Disco in the bay is the biggest and purportedly the best in Europe with its laser shows, light and sound systems, and floor-shows. However, for a more sedate evening you might wish to take in a concert at the historic castle or amphitheatre or just enjoy a meal at one of Bodrum's many fine restaurants overlooking the harbour and the sun going down.
Then, of course, there are the many other villages and towns to explore on the peninsular each with their own unique atmosphere and offerings. One thing that does remain constant throughout the peninsular is the laid back attitude and sense of freedom that visitors remark upon. This coupled with the unimposing but friendly and hospitable nature of the local inhabitants towards tourists makes people want to come back to this part of Turkey time and time again.

Some useful links

Some useful website addresses NB. Due to Gulluk being near the airport only just into the peninsular, many of the Bodrum websites below do not feature Gulluk or show it on their maps.

Bodrum pages (lots of info re Bodrum and surrounding area)
Odek Properties (website of the apartment builder)
Mavi Holiday Resort (nearby holiday resort)
Bodrum info (more info on Bodrum and the peninsular)
Bodrum Life  (yet more...)
All about Turkey (and again, but more for Aegean & Turkey generally)
Oasis Bodrum (modern shopping centre plus events and live entertainment)

Airline websites

www.easyjet.com  www.thomsonfly.com   www.aegeanflights.com   www.onurair.co.uk www.flypgs.com  www.flythomascook.com  www.goldtrail.co.uk  www.sun-express.co.uk
www.ba.com www.  thy.com     http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/flights/Bodrum/


Gulluk tourist  (tourist info for Gulluk)

Trip advisor (tourist tips)

Bodrum peninsula (peninsula info & maps)
Milas info & pics (photos & places to see at nearby Milas)
Peninsula map  (map of Gulluk in relation to Bodrum etc)
Discover Bodrum  (more for Bodrum)

Geckogo tourist blog (for Gulluk)



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