Bodrum – Muğla – Turkey

GPS : 37°01’40.4″N 27°25’05.4″E / 37.027875, 27.418167

Just outside Bodrum harbor lies the small bay of Bardakçı, the local Turkish expression for water seller. Perhaps the modern name for this small bay derives from Bardakçı’s claim as the site of the ancient fountain of Salmakis. Today Bardakci features luxury hotels, small pensions and varied seaside restaurants surrounding a sandy beach. A popular stop for the local daily boats Bardakçı is only a few minutes walk over the hill between the Marina and Gumbet.

Legend has it that here, in a clear pool; Hermaphrodites became so enamoured of his own reflection that the nymph of the pool joined their bodies in one forever, the Hermaphrodite.

Bardakçı Bay has a small sandy beach, is surrounded by villas, resorts and hotels and sits on the coastline just 500 m from the centre of Bodrum. There are sun-beds, umbrellas, water sports and spa services, cafes, restaurants and bars all available here.

Anyone in the know will tell you that Bardakci Cove is one of the favourite spot in the entire region such is the beauty afforded at this location. With perfect clear waters and beautiful views out to Bodrum Castle and city centre, the cove is the perfect location to spend a day relaxing on the sandy beach with the world at your feet.

Boasting a plethora of marine life, this stunning part of the Turkish coastline is also an ideal spot for you to go snorkelling and immerse yourself amongst the colourful fish that inhabit the area. The water is very clean and calm, making it ideal for swimming in with ease. There are a few hotels dotted around the area for those who wish to make a weekend of it – which would be understandable – the area is simple divine.

A short water taxi ride from Bodrum will take you to the cove in a matter of minutes from Bodrum centre. You can also take a short ride on a Dolmuş to the cove and bay area – it is only about 500 metres away from Bodrum so is very accessible.

Bardakçı Bay also known as Salmakis, the cove also has mythical story attached to it, which further makes it a draw for tourists and travellers to Turkey. The legend goes that the son of Hermes and Afrodite, Hermaphroditus fell in love with Nymph Salmakis – however after discovering that she doesn’t love him back, he prays to God asking for them to be placed into a body as one together. Eventually his wish is granted and that is where the story of the Hermaphrodite comes from.

Accommodation : Hotels, Motels, Pensions, Apart Hotels, Holiday Villages
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries
Beach : Long, sandy beach is the centre of activity during the day.
Entertainment : Bars, Discotheques, Night Clubs
Health : Hospitals, Health Centers, Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacies, Dentists
Shopping : Supermarkets, Shops, Markets, Stores
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet, Wi-Fi
Repairing & Maintenance Workshops : Gümbet and Bodrum
Technical Equipment Shops :
Museum : Fethiye Museum
Hair dresser
Public Market : Sunday
Aqua Park : Dedeman Aqua Park


Milas-Bodrum Airport is 30 km, Dalaman Airport is 210 km and Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport is 230 km.
Ferryboat : Bodrum – Cos, Datça, İstanbul, Turgutreis – Cos
Seabus : Bodrum – Rhodes, Marmaris, Cleopatra Island
Bus : Bodrum – Milas, Muğla, Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Adana, Bursa, Konya
Airport : Milas-Bodrum International Airport, Dalaman International Airport

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Bodrum, Muğla Province, Turkey

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