Mediterranean Sea in Turkey
Turkish Riviera

The Turkish Riviera has long been a hotspot for savvy independent travelers, and in recent years it has been getting even more well known for its beautiful beaches, great nightlife, and jet set lifestyle. If you’re planning to travel to Turkey and want to visit the coast, here are some of the best places to stay on the Bodrum Peninsula.

Bodrum

Bodrum is the most popular choice for people visiting this part of coastal Turkey. The city is known for its great summer nightlife scene, and has lots of clubs, bars, and restaurants along its waterfront. It is also a great place for history lovers, as the ruins of the famous Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is located here. Foodies also flock to Bodrum for its great restaurants and authentic Turkish food, and shoppers love its busy markets and souvenir stalls.

Barbaros Bay

Barbaros Bay is one of the best places to stay on the Bodrum Peninsula if you have money to spend (and a yacht to go with it). A private bay belonging to the 5-star luxury Kempinski Hotel in Bodrum, it is a popular destination for jet setters and those that like privacy. Located a short drive from the Bodrum city center, Barbaros Bay is a great choice if you want to be near the action but not right in the thick of it.

Yalikavak

With its sparkling new marina and picture-pretty old town, Yalikavak is fast becoming one of the most fashionable places to stay on the Turkish Riviera. Whether you have a yacht or not, walking along the waterfront is a great way to see the boats, and no trip would be complete without lunch or dinner at Cipriani in Yalikavak. Don’t miss the shops and cafes in the narrow streets of the historic quarter, either. They are a great place to pick up souvenirs and take a coffee break.