Holidays in Türkbükü
A favourite with Turkey’s jet set, it’s easy to see why this laid-back village is known as the St Tropez of Turkey. Türkbükü’s allure is helped by its lush setting, in a sheltered bay between aromatic citrus, olive and pine trees. An air of sophistication blankets this fishing village, from the whitewashed houses to the stylish harbour. Waterside bars and restaurants invite you to leisurely lunches and romantic sunset dinners.
At the beginning of autumn or late spring for warm temperatures and less crowds.
Bodrum Airport (BJV), around 50km northeast of Türkbükü.
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Türkbükü and relax by an elegant harbour filled with bobbing fishing boats and luxury yachts.
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If you can’t resist a browse in designer clothing boutiques you’ll be pleased to know Türkbükü’s waterside boulevard is packed with them. Follow your nose around stalls selling local produce at the weekly market. Sit down in one of the sophisticated restaurants overlooking the harbour and try authentic octopus salad, fresh fish and barbecued meats. You could even see how your fish is caught on a fishing trip out into the Aegean. Why not take a drive to historic Bodrum and explore its captivating attractions, such as the castle and Myndos Gate? It’s only 30 minutes away by car.
Who needs sand when you’ve got stylish jetties over the turquoise Aegean Sea and a trendy boardwalk to? Protected from coastal winds, the harbour is one of the top attractions in Türkbükü. You’ll find a pretty little cove at Gölköy, just a 10 minute drive from Türkbükü. Hidden by olive and tangerine trees it’s a quiet place to chill. West of Bodrum, Bitez beach offers a curve of golden sand and smooth shingle, lapped by shallow waters. Kick back in one of the hammocks and soak up the sunshine.
At night, the boardwalk’s sunloungers are replaced with elegantly laid-out tables and well-groomed waiting staff, on hand to serve you exotic cocktails. Hanging out in the chic boardwalk bars is one of the best things to do in Türkbükü. Join the in-crowd at one of the trendy nightclubs and dance to pumping tunes until the early hours. Alternatively, have a quiet drink in a laid-back bar while admiring the views across the Aegean Sea. For even more choice, head to lively Bodrum town where you’ll find lots of glitzy discos and live music bars.
You’ll find a great choice of boat trips down by the harbour. Stop off at unspoilt beaches or take a trip to the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus in Bodrum. Built in the fourth-century BC this burial chamber of a local leader is one of only two remaining Wonders of the Ancient World. For one of the best activities in Türkbükü take a 4x4 jeep safari. A fantastic way to see the sights, you’ll be driving on winding off-road tracks, passing mountains and timeless villages.
History lovers: Visit Bodrum’s 15th Century castle. Inside its impressive towers are treasures from sunken ships.
Party-goers: Hang out Turkish celebrities at one of Türkbükü’s trendy clubs.
Foodies: Tuck into fresh fish and traditional Turkish meze dishes.
Language: The language spoken in Türkbükü is Turkish
Currency: The currency used in Türkbükü is Euro (€)
Local time: Türkbükü is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Bodrum Airport (BJV), around 50km northeast of Türkbükü.
Flight time from UK: 4 hours
Tourist Information: Further Türkbükü tourist information can be found at www.goturkey.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Turkey for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Türkbükü. Apply for your Turkish visa online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
Temperature: Hitting the high 20s and even 30 (°c) in summer.
Best time to visit: At the beginning of autumn or late spring for warm temperatures and less crowds.
Türkbükü’s Mediterranean climate guarantees long hot summers, pleasant spring and autumn months and short, mild winters. July and August are usually very hot, perfect for sunbathing. Come October, the sea is still warm enough for swimming in and the beaches are less busy
By hire car: Hire a car to explore the peninsula at your own pace. There are a good number of local and international car hire companies based in Bodrum and you can collect a car when you land at Bodrum Airport.
By dolmus: A dolmus is the best mode of public transport as it’s cheap and efficient. These minibuses or taxis operate on specific routes and often travel to other towns in the area.
By taxi: Look out for taxi stands. Rates are posted on a sign next to the stands.
Two wheels are better than four: In May, people ditch their cars and take to a bike instead. Anyone can join in on this environmentally-friendly journey from Neyzen Tevfik to the Quay Centre. Spot acrobats, musicians and dancers peddling along the route.
Anchors away: The Bodrum Cup is an annual boat race, which takes place on the shores of Bodrum town. The party atmosphere starts way before the race, with live music and dance shows in Iskele Square. Cheer on the contestants with a tropical cocktail in hand.