Bozburun, Marmaris, – Muğla – Turkey

GPS : 36°33’53.6″N 28°01’17.1″E / 36.564882, 28.021429

Loryma or Bozuk Bükü or Aplotheka is a pleasant anchorage with several coves protected from the meltemi. Overlooking the coves is a large very well preserved Hellenistic castle overlooking the sea. Here the Athenian fleet was sheltered during the Peloponnesian War before the battle of Knidos. Also, in the third century BC, Demetrios Poliorkites assembled a large fleet here for his unsuccessful siege of Rhodes.

Bozukkale is a large bay, lying between points; Kale Burnu and Değirmen Burnu, It indents to the north. A rock at the entry extend from the point. The bay indents in a NW direction for about 0.8 M. There are considerable depths in the middle. The bight on the east is the best place to be tucked up. Drop anchor in 8 – 12 m and get a line ashore. The bottom is sand-weed. The winds blow from the valley behind and send swell in. The water is cool and so clean. Bozukkale is a layover port for those heading nortward.

Today there are several restaurants competing for the yacht business by offering you their laid moorings. You can either accept one of the restaurants’ mooring or anchor off-shore at 8-10 m. The bottom is weed and you should look for a patch of sand to drop the anchor. You can go and pick up laid moorings tailed to the piers. You can moor if you are taking meal at the restaurants. These restaurants provide food with limited set up. Fish menu is advised. They produce their own electricty and they bake bread in the morning.

Sailors House Jetty
GPS : 36°34’15.9″N 28°00’39.6″E / 36.571094, 28.011001
There is the ‘Sailors House’ which is the middle of the three restaurants in the bay. It offers space for 18 yachts on its jetty with additional mooring lines for another 10 yachts, along with hot showers. This restaurant has a wonderful terrace for you to enjoy your food along with the views. They offer a starter buffet followed by choices of stone oven cooked dishes, fish cooked in the famous flambe salt crust, goat, free range chicken and wild boar. All the vegetables served with your food are grown in their own organic garden found behind the restaurant. They also bake their own bread which you can buy to take back to your yacht.

Loryma Restaurant Jetty
GPS : 36°34’33.9″N 28°00’41.1″E / 36.576093, 28.011429
The ‘Loryma Restaurant’ can be found at the far end of the bay with enough mooring line for 15 yachts and buoys for a further 8 yachts. It also offers shower facilities if you want to use them. You will find a small beach in front of the restaurant which provides a relaxing place to lay in the sun. The menu includes mixed starters, freshly caught fish and many grilled dishes. If you order in advance, you can eat wonderful spit roast goat or lamb, definitely recommended. Again, they bake their own bread and you can buy it to take back to your yacht along with fruit, vegetables and eggs.

Ali Baba Restaurant Jetty
GPS : 36°34’02.6″N 28°00’46.2″E / 36.567388, 28.012846
Last, but not least, there is the ‘Ali Baba Restaurant’. It can accommodate up to 20 yachts on its jetty by mooring lines and if you telephone before arriving, they will help you when you arrive on the jetty. You can only reach this restaurant by boat which always makes it special. This is a good place to be if you want to visit the ruins as it’s not too far. As for food, you have a choice of local fish, lamb and chicken, along with their stone baked bread. After you have finished your delicious meal, you will be served with complimentary local fruits. It’s a good idea to book a table in advance in the busier summer months, as this is a popular destination for sailors.

The walls of the ancient city of Loryma surround the port. The castle walls cannot easily be identified from a distance because they blend into the rocky cape. A rough path goes up to the castle and it is worth making the hike for the view in early morning or late afternoons. The impressive defensive walls are cubic chipped stone blocks without mortar. The castle position almost directly opposite the ancient Greek city of Rhodes, lends support to a theory that it was built by Rhodian craftsmen trying to deny the harbourage to enemy fleets.

The barren bay of Loryma is a fantastic natural harbour. The ruins of the Citadel that look out across the harbour attest to it’s naval past and there is documentation of settlements here going back to Roman times. In fact recent excavations suggest that there was habitation here 3000 years ago.

Loryma was an ancient town and episcopal see in the Roman province of Caria, in Asia Minor (Anatolia, Asian Turkey). It is now now listed as a titular see. Loryma was a small fortified town and harbour on the coast of Caria, not far from Cape Cynossema, at the western extremity of the peninsula known as Rhodian Chersonesus, opposite to and twenty Roman miles from Rhodes island.

Its ruins, west of Port Aplothiki, with towers, tombs and ramparts are described by William Martin Leake. Above the bay of Loryma (modern Bozuk Bükü) lie the ruins of a curtain wall surrounding the top of the hill. Constructed from large blocks of stone shaped in-situ, the remaining walls (mostly a metre high on the outside) retain very precise corners and sheer faces.

Up to the 12th and 13th centuries, the Notitie episcopatuum mention Loryma as one of the suffragan sees of the Stauropolis, the metropolitan see of Caria. Lequien names three bishops of Loryma : George, present at the Council of Constantinople in 680, Anthimus at the Second Council of Nicaea in 787, Joseph at the Council of Constantinople in 879.

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