Turkey travel story

Turkey is a nation wide and varied and for those who, like me, does not have much time to do nothing but visit portions of the territory. This trip, the second in this land after the first that allowed me to visit Anatolia, is dedicated to the Bodrum peninsula, very well known and visited the area from the tourism point of view both domestically and internationally. The chances of living are varied and given the heave offering I have chosen a appogiandomi holiday to Princess Artemisia hotel situated on the north coast in the immediate vicinity of Yalikavak. It is a small village with about 100 rooms overlooking the bay of Tilkicik Koyu.

The picturesque village of Yalikavak is very close and can be reached in 10-15 minutes on foot. Yalikavak (as seen from its photo album) is spread over a large bay protected from Kudur peninsulas, in its center we find the reality of a native fishing village. Features are small and narrow streets, the places frequented by fishermen, the typical restaurants and the small port with little boats and fishing boats.
As always, the village provides opportunities for other visits but I prefer to be autonomous and independent. Public transport is very cheap and reliable enough, however, they are not comparable to what it can offer to move with a rental car. The city of Bodrum is the main tourist destination to visit, modern, lively, full of night clubs and shops. Bodrum is known as the city of the 'Tarot' (false), in its center there are many shops that sell clothing, shoes, leather, etc. the big international brands literally copied including logos so as not easily distinguish them by eye, from the originals, while on materials and packaging is a different story.

Bodrum is also known for its medieval castle of St. Peter dating back to the fifteenth century A.D. built by the Knights of Malta order to defend the port, structure maintained in excellent condition. Growing on a small hill, the castle is divided into levels and transit from one level to another is done through small steps between tall and imposing walls. Inside the castle is the Underwater Archaeology Museum which occupies two distinct groups of rooms, are kept in a glass objects finds dating from the fifteenth century BC the eleventh century A.D. that highlight how since ancient times this art was present in everyday life, in the second series of rooms contain a multitude of objects found on a sunken ship dating back to the Bronze Age. The ship was rebuilt in the main room with the original objects such as vases, plates, etc. From the top of the castle you can admire a splendid panorama of the city and the surrounding coastline. Another beautiful view of the bay, the castle and the city you can admire it from the Haremtan hill is located near the city. On top of this hill there are also some windmills, some decadent, typical of the area.

The Bodrum peninsula is strong tourist development, particularly the national one and is now a destination for a large influx of people from Ankara and Istanbul for the summer holidays. This strong demand led to a reckless phenomenon that affects the whole peninsula. There are very large areas dotted with houses all alike, all square and all white, contrasting with the vegetation and the typical dark soil. Large and small impoverished areas by concrete also in the bays where there are small fishing villages that are now surrounded by this mess, pleasant town and rural North as Gundogan (Gündoğan in turkish) or Küçükbük (Küçükbük in turkish). Even the east coast and south suffered a similar situation, Gumbet (Gümbet in turkish) and Bitez are now only tourist centers. There are few areas or countries that are still free, we can quote on the south coast Akyarlar barren area but with several small and quiet bays, or the village of Gumusluk fishermen (Gümüşlük in turkish) on the west coast, real peculiarity of the whole area where tourism is inserted in a balanced manner allowing you to enjoy even a simple environment in people, in the rhythms and in the surrounding nature.

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