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Tucked away on the sun-soaked Turkish Riviera, holidays to Türkbükü will take you to the St Tropez of Turkey. This laid-back fishing village enjoys a lush coastal setting, hidden in a sheltered bay between scented citrus, olive and pine trees, making it perfect for a quiet couples’ escape. There’s an unmistakable air of sophistication about Türkbükü, from the pristine beaches to the stunning whitewashed houses. And then there’s the stylish harbour, where you’ll discover a wealth of chic waterside bars and restaurants that are just perfect for leisurely lunches and romantic sunset dinners. With all this on offer, it’s easy to fall in love with Türkbükü.
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Bodrum Airport (BJV).
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Türkbükü and relax by an elegant harbour filled with bobbing fishing boats and luxury yachts.
If you want to sample the high life, Türkbükü holidays will be right up your street. As well as pristine beaches, you’ll love the designer clothing boutiques that run along the waterside boulevard. Then there are the upmarket restaurants serving fine Turkish cuisine. Sit down here and you can enjoy authentic octopus salad, fresh fish, and barbecued meats, complete with stunning sea views. And if you feel like exploring further afield, you could always take a daytrip over to historic Bodrum town. It’s only a 30-minute drive away, and it’s packed full of historic sites.
Who needs sand when you’ve got jetties over the glistening Aegean Sea? And there’s an upmarket boardwalk, too. Sheltered from coastal winds, the chic harbour is one of the resort’s top attractions. You’ll find a pretty little cove at Gölköy (a 10-minute drive away), which is hidden away by olive and tangerine trees, and it’s the perfect place to relax. Just west of Bodrum town, Bitez Beach offers a fine curve of golden sand and smooth shingle, lapped by shallow, turquoise waters. Kick back in one of the hammocks and soak up the sunshine and you’ll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
When evening comes around, the boardwalk’s sun loungers are replaced with elegant dining tables and sophisticated waiters; they’re on hand to serve you exotic cocktails while you enjoy stunning views over the Aegean Sea. Hanging out in the chic boardwalk bars is one of the best things to do here, and if you want to stay out late you can head to one of the resort’s stylish nightclubs. If you’re more of a party animal and you want to sample Bodrum’s top-notch nightlife, it’s only a short drive away.
Down by the harbour, you’ll find a superb choice of boat trips to whisk you away. See the coastline from a different angle and stop off at unspoilt beaches. Or take a trip to the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus in Bodrum; built in the 4th century BC, this burial chamber of a local leader is one of only two remaining Wonders of the Ancient World. If you want to pick up the pace, head off road with a 4x4 jeep safari and see the sights most tourists miss. You’ll be able to wind through off-road tracks, passing by mountains and timeless villages along the way.
Couples: Spend long, lazy days on glorious beaches, take a romantic stroll along the boulevard, and watch the sun go down from the harbourside restaurants.
Beach lovers: Scenic beaches are a big part of holidays here. You’ll find plenty of narrow spots with rocky outcrops to enjoy, all with scenic backdrops to help you relax.
Foodies: Tuck into fresh seafood and traditional Turkish meze dishes at chic local restaurants. Need something to wash it down with? You’ll find plenty of places serving zingy cocktails, too.
Currency: Euro (€).
Local time: Turkbuku is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Bodrum Airport. The transfer time to Turkbuku is 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Flight time from UK: The Turbuku flight time is 4 hours.
Visa and health: Before you head off on your holiday, it’s worth visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Turkey for visas and health recommendations and advice. Apply for your Turkish visa online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en.
Temperature: Expect summer temperatures in the early 30s (°c) in summer.
Best time to visit: Book Türkbükü holidays for early autumn or late spring if you like warm climates with fewer crowds.
The lovely Mediterranean climate guarantees long, hot summers with plenty of sunshine. July and August are usually very hot, with perfect sunbathing weather. You can expect pleasant spring and autumn months, too. Come October, the sea is still warm enough for swimming and the crowds have dispersed from the beaches (that means more room for you!).
By dolmus: These local minibuses are a cheap and efficient way to get around. They run across specific routes, often travelling to other towns in the area, and you can hop on and off as you like.
By hire car: If you want to explore the beautiful Bodrum Peninsula at your own pace, this is the best way. Pick up a rental when you arrive at the airport, or find a hire car company in Bodrum town.
By taxi: Look out for stands around the resort where rates are posted. You can’t miss the bright yellow licensed taxis. And remember to ask for a price before you get in because they usually run on a meter.
Bodrum Bicycle Festival: Every May, this fun-filled event takes place in Bodrum town to promote eco-friendly travel. Anyone can join in on this cycle trail from Neyzen Tevfik to the Quay Centre. Spot acrobats, musicians and dancers peddling along the route.
The Bodrum Cup: The annual boat race takes place on the shores of Bodrum town. The party atmosphere starts way before the race begins, with live music and dance shows in Iskele Square. Cheer on the contestants with a tropical cocktail in hand.