Known for its charming villages, islands, bays and beaches, the Gulf of Gokova is a popular tourist spot situated on the Aegean Coast.
It’s a hot spot for cruises, yachting and boating, and there is plenty of opportunity to stop off and explore all the Gulf has to offer along the way.
In addition, it’s a must for anyone with a keen interest in ancient history, with many historical sites points of interest.
Points of interest
With so many bays to explore, you’ll find plenty of stop off points. Some of the main attractions include:
Cleopatra’s Island – known for its clear, white sand and magnificent views, Cleopatra Island is also home to a series of coves and bays. Ideal for sunbathing, swimming and exploring, the Island is a common spot with tourists.
Dacta Penisula – a visit to the Gulf of Gokova presents a great opportunity to visit the Dacta Peninsula, which is known for its restaurants, but there are plenty of beaches to visit and coves to view, as well as the picturesque scenery to enjoy.
Other tourist attractions notable sites are the tomb of King Mausolus in Bodrum, which was named as one of the seven wonders of the world in Ancient times.
Bodrum Castle – the castle hosts several festivals throughout the year, so check what events are at the time of your visit. The castle is also home to the Museum of Underwater Archeology.
As well as cruising, the Gulf of Gokova makes an ideal holiday spot for anyone who enjoys high octane activity such as kite surfing, white water rafting and skiing. However it is also well suited to tourists who enjoy more relaxed activities like swimming, boating, yachting and even cycling.
For those with an interest in history, Knidos, where the ancient Greek ruins lay, is a great place to visit. You’ll also find the Knidos Theatre there, complete with its stunning scenery. However, the site is a favourite among tourists, so it’s usually busy depending on the time of year you go.
If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, Akyaka is one of the quieter villages which oozes local, traditional charm. Once there, you’ll discover plenty of eateries and bars to relax in.
Bodrum is perhaps the best location if you’re looking for a lively nightlife. There are numerous nightclubs based there, with the Kule Rock City Bar, Kuba Bar and the Temple Bar all highly rated.