Yalıkavak, Bodrum – Muğla – Turkey

GPS : 37°06’21.9″N 27°17’26.1″E / 37.106093, 27.290571

Yalıkavak is a town near Bodrum in Muğla province, on the Aegean coast of Turkey. It is 18 km (11 miles) from Bodrum and located at the north eastern tip of the Bodrum peninsula. It has been inhabited since near the end of the second millennium B.C. It is an important tourist resort.

There are two anchorages in the vicinity. First one is Palmarin Marina. The other anchorage is Yalıkavak shelter. Yalıkavak Marina is popular with yachties who come from all over to experience its superb facilities and one of the places to see in Yalıkavak. It is just a short walk from the center of Yalıkavak.

Yalıkavak is a small, picturesque fishing village that has not lost its tranquil, unhurried air or Turkish flavour despite the influx of some tourism which has affected most other towns. It has a relatively traffic-free centre built round a small harbour area crowded with a mix of modern and old restored buildings housing bars, restaurants and hotels. Although it is largely based around the picturesque harbour, it is not just a seaside resort. Yalıkavak Town is the coolest spot in Bodrum peninsula, breeze has welcoming effect in hot summers.

Yalıkavak’s town logo is a windmill, and you will see them dotted around the peninsula. These windmills are from an earlier era, and many of them have been left in a state of disrepair, but more recently the town councils have realized the tourist benefit of renovating them. There is a renovated windmill by Yalıkavak Harbour, and a group of 3 windmills on the hill overlooking the town, on the road to Bodrum. One of which is fully renovated. If you time your visit just right, you will see the caretaker unfurling the windmill sails.


Yalıkavak lies between points Göçük Burnu on southwest of Yalıkavak Peninsula and 1 Nm south of Çoban Burnu, it indents 2 Nm to the east. The port faces to the west, open to westerlies. There are three coves on the northern part, this anchorage is known as Küdür. These coves; Ötüsarmı Koyu, Piresan Koyu and Bahçe Koyu. These coves afford good shelter from breeze. Stronger breeze cause choppy waters when it is funnelled down from the mountains. The bottom is weed. Make sure your anchor is well dug in.

If you are heading to the town, Karataş rocks, lying on the route, 650 meters from the shore, are extremely dangerous. Care is needed. Western tip of Port Bodrum Yalıkavak Marina is close to these rocky shallows.

This shelter is always loaded with local fishing boats. There are laid moorings tailed on pier. Cooperative manages the shelter and charges fee for berthing.

Accommodation : Pensions, Hotels, Motels, Apart Hotels, Rent Houses
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries, Fish Restaurants
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet, Wi-Fi
Health : Health Centers, Pharmacies, Doctors, Nurses, Dentists
Beach : Many beaches including two blue flag beaches one at the port and the other the public beach.
Public Market : Weakly market every Thursday
Bank : Banks, ATM
Hair dresser
Entertainment : Discotheques, Bars, Night Clubs
Shopping : Supermarkets, Shops, Stores, Markets
Repairing & Maintenance Workshops (Yalıkavak, Turgutreis, Bodrum)
Technical Equipment Shops (Yalıkavak, Turgutreis, Bodrum)

Yalıkavak has been announced as breeding and sheltering area of Mediterranean seals. The Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) is a pinniped belonging to the Phocidae family. One of the most endangered mammals in the world. It is present in parts of the Mediterranean Sea as well as eastern Atlantic Ocean waters around the Tropic of Cancer.

One of the largest groups among the foundations concentrating their efforts towards the preservation of the Mediterranean monk seal is the Mediterranean Seal Research Group operating under the Underwater Research Foundation in Turkey (also known as SAD-AFAG). The group has taken initiative in joint preservation efforts together with the Foça municipal officials, as well as phone, fax, and email hotlines for sightings.

Fish Restaurants are very famous with their fishes, cooking and services. Fishes available due to seasons.


Bodrum : 19 km, Bodrum Milas Airport : 50 km
Minibus : Yalıkavak – Bodrum, Turgutreis, Türkbükü
Bus : Bodrum – Milas, Yatağan, Muğla
Airport : Milas-Bodrum International Airport

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Yalıkavak Belediyesi, Yalıkavak Mahallesi, 48990 Bodrum/Muğla Province, Turkey

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