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A villa in Yalikavak is ideal for families, groups of friends and romantic couples, situated on Turkey’s idyllic Bodrum Peninsula on the Turkish Riviera. Fringed by the Aegean Sea and surrounded by hills, the town is known for its marina and golden sandy beaches, and a villa holiday in Yalikavak mostly revolves around soaking up the sun and being outdoors. Choose a villa in Yalikavak to be near all the sights and amenities of the Bodrum Peninsula while enjoying all the charms of a small fishing village. One of our Yalikavak villas with a private pool is a great base for exploring the nearby Kudur Peninsula and its caves, and the surrounding hills hiding windmills and abandoned villages. In Yalikavak, you’ll find great restaurants, boutique shops, the odd nightclub and opportunities for adrenaline-pumping watersports, all with a laid-back Mediterranean vibe. 

Things to do in Yalikavak

There’s plenty to do from your villa in Yalikavak, from wandering down to the plethora of fantastic local beaches and imbibing the trendy resort atmosphere to exploring the nearby hills, neighbouring town and day-tripping into Bodrum city itself. From your villa in Yalikavak, you can explore the town on foot, or hire a car to explore further afield. In the town itself, there are strips of sandy beach lined by beach clubs, bars and restaurants – many offering fantastic local cuisine – and the renowned Yalikavak Market, attracting visitors from all along the Bodrum Peninsula with its clothing, electronics, jewellery, fresh fruit and veggies and lots of local tasty treats (try the Turkish delight). A new marina, the state-of-the-art Palmarina also offers plenty of things to do, with shiny new designer shops, art galleries and even some trendy nightclubs. 

A Yalikavak villa holiday with a private pool also allows you to visit the Kudur Peninsula with its cinematic views and rock caves, and journey to the hills just outside the town to see a group of old stone windmills and the abandoned village of Sandıma. The picture-perfect coast also offers a wealth of opportunities for boat trips and watersports, with many companies offering tours and equipment for hire in Yalikavak and on other beaches along the peninsula. 

History and culture in Yalikavak

There are several fantastic historical sites you can visit from your Yalikavak villa, including archaeological sites, abandoned villages and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. High on a hilltop above Yalikavak sits the abandoned ghost village of Sandıma with its crumbling stone houses, a 45-minute walk from the town offering spectacular views of the bay. Head south to see the remains of the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus, once a powerful stronghold and home of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, a wonder of the ancient world, and the Theatre at Halicarnassus – the ruins of a 13,000-seat amphitheatre.

Family holidays in Yalikavak

When travelling as a family, it’s best to get a villa in Yalikavak with a private pool, giving you the freedom to spend lazy days at home while keeping the kids entertained. For family days out, Yalikavak is perfectly positioned near the Pirates Inn Cactus Aquapark, a fantastic amusement park filled with pools and slides – but also sunbeds and umbrellas for parents to unwind and read a book. Yalikavak is a magnet for families seeking sun and relaxation, and our family villas have a great range of child-friendly beaches nearby. Families will love the pebble beach right in the centre of town thanks to its lounge chairs, umbrellas and great facilities which are available to use and rent for a small fee. The new Palmarina also boasts children’s play areas and plenty of family-friendly restaurants.

Adventurous activities in Yalikavak

With a dreamy location on the Bodrum Peninsula and fringed by luscious hills and calm, clear waters, Yalikavak is the perfect villa holiday destination for outdoorsy types and adventure lovers. The area has some great hiking trails, one of the most popular being a circular mountainous hike from Yalikavak to the hilltop ghost village of Sandıma. Another popular hiking trail is the climb to the Panormus Rock Waves, on the Kudur Peninsula near the town and offering a cinematic view of the bay.

Staying in one of our Yalikavak villas also gives you the freedom to explore the watersports hotspots of the Bodrum Peninsula, where everything from scuba diving and snorkelling to paddle boarding and kitesurfing is on offer. Travellers can enjoy adrenaline-pumped rib tours and Jeep safaris of the peninsula. 

Romance in Yalikavak

Charming Yalikavak is the ideal location for couples to enjoy a romantic Turkey villa holiday, sitting on the beautiful and idyllic Turkish Riviera and oozing romance and appeal. Couples will love our luxury Yalikavak villas with a private pool, all in walking distance of the town itself which offers a fantastic array of restaurants and bars. Enjoy a romantic meal on the waterfront and make sure to try the acili ezme, a spicy tomato dip accompanied with freshly baked flatbread. The twinkling marina is the perfect spot to sip a sundowner and take in ‘golden hour’, while the stretches of surrounding coastline and sandy beaches are great for a couple’s day out sunbathing or splashing around together. 

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