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A tour of the Bozburun Peninsula: one of the top things to do in Marmaris!

Between Marmaris and Datça, flirting with the Greek Island of Symi lies the Bozburun Peninsula; an amazingly untouched place, despite its proximity to tourist hub Marmaris. The peninsula is a sailors’ dream, dotted with picturesque harbors and coves that are only accessible by boat, and a hikers’ paradise with around 150km of marked routes. Nature rules all over this beautiful slice of paradise where one spectacular view is almost instantly followed by the next. This is a scenery that tells you to slow down, relax, and take in the views. The Bozburun Peninsula is quieter than neighboring Datça, and may very well be the perfect place for those looking to spend time at the Mediterranean in an authentic setting. In this post, we’ll take you for a tour around all the resorts on the Bozburun Peninsula, and we’ll tell you why you need to go. Map included!

Dramatic Views Every Single Minute

Dramatic Views Every Single Minute

Why you need to visit the Bozburun Peninsula

The Bozburun Peninsula is one of those places that effortlessly combines contrasts like traditional villagers and big city socialites, extravagant yachts and modest fishing boats, pine-clad mountains and turquoise blue waters, ancient Roman roads and waterside dining options. It is a part of Turkey that puts a smile on your face, just by driving through it. Only because you’ll fall from one awe-inspiring view into the next jaw-dropping moment. The peninsula is worth your time for the views alone, and trust us when we say these are just a bonus that comes with the inescapable charm of the laid-back and authentic charm of its resorts.

Look At The Color Of That Water!

Look At The Color Of That Water!

Glorious Sunsets Are Always A Bonus!

Glorious Sunsets Are Always A Bonus!

Içmeler: the largest and most touristic place on the peninsula

Içmeler may be part of the Bozburun Peninsula, but its atmosphere is closer to the tourist resort of Marmaris than it is to the rest of this quiet peninsula. Içmeler has a 6km-long sandy beach that is virtually deserted in winter but becomes a buzzing scene during the tourist season. There are numerous beachfront hotels with direct access to state-of-the-art beach facilities to choose from. Içmeler is located in a beautiful bay with views towards Marmaris and Keçi Adası (or Goat Island). It’s a place where the beach gets crowded and animated during the day, and the bustling nightlife allows you to party away the night. If you’re looking for that typical Bozburun vibe, Içmeler may not be the right place for you, unless maybe out of season. If you’re looking for vibrant nights in a wide range of bars and cafes, and sea, sand, and watersports filled days, you’ll love it!

Even In March Life Is Good At The Beach In Içmeler

Even In March Life Is Good At The Beach In Içmeler

Waiting For The Summer And The Crowds In Içmeler

Waiting For The Summer And The Crowds In Içmeler

Turunç: former fishing village turned tourist hub

Turunç has a unique setting, tucked away in a horseshoe-shaped bay, backed by steep and lavishly green mountain slopes. Once a small fishing village, Turunç has become a place that welcomes a substantial amount of tourists during the summer season. It is still far more small scale that its neighbor Içmeler, but it doesn’t qualify as a sleepy little village, at least not once the season starts. This is a place that offers a delicate balance of worldly entertainment while keeping a relaxed atmosphere. Like all other places on the Bozburun Peninsula, Turunç is a favorite stop for boats, so if you get the chance, hop on and discover the area from the sea.

In Case You Wondered Why People Say Turunç Is A Horseshoe-shaped Bay

In Case You Wondered Why People Say Turunç Is A Horseshoe-shaped Bay

Small Scale Turunç Is Growing Bigger

Small Scale Turunç Is Growing Bigger

Amos: a small ancient site big on views

Granted, 2.200-year-old Amos isn’t a resort, far from it. But if you are touring the peninsula, you might want to head up the hill of this small ancient site offering fantastic views of the area. The most important remaining structure in Amos is a small theatre overlooking the sea. You’ll see that quite a few of the 1,8-meter thick city walls are still standing. Entrance is free of charge, so unless you have a general dislike for anything ancient, there is no excuse not to go and have a look.

Amos Theatre With Sea View

Amos Theatre With Sea View

Amos City Walls

Amos City Walls

Kumlubük: a glorious golden sand beach

Kumlubük used to be Amos’ harbor. While even today it is still a not-to-be-missed stop when on a boat trip, its heydays as a harbor are long gone. If you ask us, that’s just fine, as Kumlubük largely makes up for that with its sleepy-village-meets-Mediterranean feel. You won’t find lots of entertainment here, and when visiting out of season, you won’t see any, but that is not why people come here in the first place. This beach is designed to while away the days in the shadow of Amos enjoying the magnificent setting that surrounds it.

Kumlubük In All Its Glory

Kumlubük In All Its Glory

Bayır Köyü: in the shadow of the plane tree

Bayır Köyü lies in the center of the Bozburun Peninsula. It’s a modest Turkish village where villagers have their Turkish tea under the 200-year-old plane tree with the sound of water running in the background. Stopping here is somehow a soothing experience. People are welcoming you as their long lost cousin, and life seems to go at its own pace, away from the hustle and bustle. Next to the plane tree is the entrance to the village’s Olive Oil Museum, a former olive press turned into a quirky collection of olive presses, and other olive artifacts.

A More Recent Example Of Olive Presses In Bayır Köyü

A More Recent Example Of Olive Presses In Bayır Köyü

The Village Square At Bayır Köyü

The Village Square At Bayır Köyü

Çiftlik: sleepy in winter boating hub in summer

Çiftlik’s sandy beach begins where the village ends. This is almost a village on the shore. The combination of sand and a lush green environment competing with a deep blue sea is mesmerizing. Out of season, you’ll have the place all to yourselves, but as soon as the boat tours are operational, this place becomes very crowded and the victim of its fame.

Çiftlik Bay In Out Of Season Mode

Çiftlik Bay In Out Of Season Mode

Serçe Limanı: Taşlıca’s hidden beauty

People who have been on a boat tour around the peninsula will probably have made a stop at Serçe Limanı, a popular bay, home to Captain Nemos Farm Restaurant. The restaurant is only open during the summer season, bringing the place back to its natural self the rest of the year. While the bay is spectacular, the ride towards it deserved a special mention too. From Taşlıca, you’ll drive towards the harbor until you reach a closed road, or at least that’s what it looks like. The gate is not meant to keep you out though; its purpose is to keep the animals in. The tip of the peninsula is a place where nature still rules and animals are allowed to run free. The landscape is home to goats, sheep, horses, and cows grazing in scenery that belongs in a movie. After that, the road reaches the end at Serçe Limanı.

Horses And Other Animals Run Free In This Gorgeous Stretch Of Nature Leading Of To Serçe Limanı

Horses And Other Animals Run Free In This Gorgeous Stretch Of Nature Leading Of To Serçe Limanı

Blue Wooden Boats At Serçe Limanı

Blue Wooden Boats At Serçe Limanı

Söğüt Köyü: 2 bays, one big wow-experience

Söğüt Köyü has two bays that are not connected. The smallest bay is the one nearest to the village. It has a typical Turkish feel to it, the perfect place if you want to enjoy the couleur locale of authentic Turkey. There are a few small restaurants and pensions, and some ultra-modern mooring facilities. The largest bay, Saranda Cove is a pebbled beach facing Symi and is famous if only for it’s spectacular sunsets. Söğüt Köyü, and especially Saranda Cove, combines otherworldy vistas with waterside dining options and a very relaxing and authentic vibe, a gem of a place!

Overview Of Söğüt Köyü's Largest Bay

Overview Of Söğüt Köyü’s Largest Bay, Saranda Cove

Sunset Dinner In Söğüt Köyü Anyone?

Sunset Dinner In Saranda Cove in Söğüt Köyü Anyone?

Only Fishing Boats In Spring In Söğüt Köyü's Small Bay

Only Fishing Boats In Spring In Söğüt Köyü’s Small Bay

All Is Quiet In Söğüt Köyü's Small Bay In Spring

All Is Quiet In Söğüt Köyü’s Small Bay In Spring

Bozburun: the place that gave the peninsula its name

Bozburun feels like the ultimate combination of a small Turkish working village of fisherman village and a tourist town. It has a delightful atmosphere and an authentic feel. This is a place where extravagant sailings yachts are moored next to modest fishing boats. A place where the many restaurants along the bay welcome locals and tourists alike. A place where you’ll find quirky antique shops next to the local butcher, a place that feels very real, with a lot of small-town charisma.

Table For Two At Bozburun

Table For Two At Bozburun

Quirky Antiques Shop In Bozburun

Quirky Antiques Shop In Bozburun

Selimiye: a happy marriage of popular and quiet

Despite the lack of an actual beach in Selimiye, the popularity of this little town is growing, and it isn’t hard to see why. The picturesque bay with its still waters is dotted with waterside restaurants, has a stonework boardwalk, and is oozing with character. This is a gentle place where you could easily spend a few days enjoying the pure bliss this village has to offer. A lot of the restaurants, shops, and pensions close out of season, but the few places that remain open, are enough to enjoy life as it is in this pretty little corner of the world.

The Iconic Selimiye View From Above

The Iconic Selimiye View From Above

Stonework Paths Invite You To Walk All The Way Around Selimiye Bay

Stonework Paths Invite You To Walk Around Selimiye Bay

Turgut waterfall: escaping the heat in style

Not too far from the small village of Turgut, you will find the Turgut waterfall (or şelale in Turkish). What this waterfall lacks in height, it ultimately makes up for in setting. Surrounded by a lush green forest and beautiful paths, this is the perfect places for an out of season hike or an escape the summer heat dip. The road to the waterfall is well waymarked, and there is plenty of parking space upon arrival. The waterfall is easily accessible via a lovely path.

Turgut Waterfall In All Its Glory

Turgut Waterfall In All Its Glory

Isn't Nature Beautiful? Discover Turgut Waterfall

Isn’t Nature Beautiful? Discover Turgut Waterfall

Turgut: shallow waters where time almost stood still

The village of Turgut is split in two by a small river that flows into the sea. The town has kept its authentic character and is known for its carpet sellers and local produce. The small beach is as natural as it gets. There are mooring places for boats but also cows grazing along the seaside. Don’t expect anything fancy, enjoy the rustic atmosphere that this place has to offer. Between the village and the main road, along the Carian Trail, you’ll see an intriguing 2.300-year-old pyramid-shaped tomb that was treated as a holy place by locals up until the 1970s. Research has revealed the tomb is not the resting place of a saint, but of a Greek boxer, Diagoras of Rhodes. So, don’t forget to look up on your way out!

All Is Quiet At Turgut Beach

All Is Quiet At Turgut Beach

Turgut Beach In Spring, Now That's Untouched!

Turgut Beach In Spring, Now That’s Untouched!

Orhaniye: famous for Kızkumu Beach

The beach at Orhaniye has gained Instagram fame due to the many pictures of people walking on water, or better on the stretch of sand that reaches almost entirely to the other side of the bay. The beach is called Kızkumu Beach, and as it often goes, there are a few legends that go with that name. One of the stories tells about a local girl who wanted to meet with her lover. To do so, she put some sand in the hem of her skirt and decided to fill the sea with the sand to get to her lover. Unfortunately, there was not enough sand, and she drowned. Nowadays, the beach is flooded with people during high season but returns to its natural state for the rest of the year. Apart from its popularity on Instagram and other social media, Kızkumu Beach is appreciated for its still and shallow waters, and the protected bay.

Kız Kumu Is Empty In Spring But Not That Much In Summer

Kız Kumu Is Empty In Spring But Not That Much In Summer

You Can Clearly See How The Stretch Of Sand That Makes Kız Kumu Beach Divides The Bay In Two

You Can Clearly See How The Stretch Of Sand That Makes Kız Kumu Beach Divides The Bay In Two

Hisarönü: a gorgeous sandy bay in a lush green setting

If there is anything that applies to the inlet of Hisarönü, it is that it is green, with crystal clear still waters and a beautiful sandy beach. This is a quiet place, with a Turkish soul and a green heart. There are some small houses along the beach and a few small-scale hotels. Hisarönü is an excellent base if you like a modest environment in a magnificent setting.

Still Morning Waters At Hisarönü Bay

Still Morning Waters At Hisarönü Bay

A Gorgeous Stretch Of Sandy Beach At Hisarönü

A Gorgeous Stretch Of Sandy Beach At Hisarönü

Bozburun Peninsula map

Just like on the Bodrum Peninsula, each resort on the Bozburun Peninsula has its own style and crowd. Still, a drive around the peninsula is undoubtedly one of the top things to do in Marmaris. You’ll easily find each resort using the map below. Know that we took all photos during a spring break. In summer, the beaches will look quite different from what you see in these pictures.

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Check out Bozburun reviews on TripAdvisor to find out what other travelers think. Know we’ve visited each place personally and all photos are our own. So, basically, what you see is what you get. If you have any questions about a place, feel free to ask. You can send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

Selimiye is the perfect place to get a boat to nearby Kameriye Island. A real gem with a beautiful ruin of an Orthodox church and some amazing pebble mosaic floors. The main attraction of the peninsula is its nature and fabulous views. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll be in your happy place!

Turkey is a perfectly safe country to travel, except for these risks. Still, you should never travel without proper insurance. We love World Nomads’ travel insurance. We love their philosophy and their take on responsible travel, but also the fact that they cover popular activities in Turkey such as paragliding or balloon rides.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

You must have guessed it already, we’re independent travelers. Joining groups for excursions or activities isn’t really our cup of tea. But we fully understand that not everyone is keen on exploring Turkey on their own. That’s when Get Your Guide comes in handy. They offer plenty of activities and sightseeing tours that you can pre-book online.

If you’re more into a personalized experience while enjoying the services of a guide, Tours by Locals may be what you’re looking for! We just love them! You get the knowledge and assistance of a local, and the experience of independent traveling. Best of both worlds, really.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

There are so many stunning places to stay on the Bozburun Peninsula that it is hard for us to pick a few that we really love. But hey, that’s what we’re here for, right? So, here we go, one hotel for every place on the peninsula:

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We usually start with Skyscanner when searching for flights. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here. If you’re heading to the Bozburun Peninsula, Dalaman is the closest airport, followed by Bodrum-Milas.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Check out Bozburun reviews on TripAdvisor to find out what other travelers think. Know we’ve visited each place personally and all photos are our own. So, basically, what you see is what you get. If you have any questions about a place, feel free to ask. You can send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

Selimiye is the perfect place to get a boat to nearby Kameriye Island. A real gem with a beautiful ruin of an Orthodox church and some amazing pebble mosaic floors. The main attraction of the peninsula is its nature and fabulous views. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll be in your happy place!

Turkey is a perfectly safe country to travel, except for these risks. Still, you should never travel without proper insurance. We love World Nomads’ travel insurance. We love their philosophy and their take on responsible travel, but also the fact that they cover popular activities in Turkey such as paragliding or balloon rides.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

You must have guessed it already, we’re independent travelers. Joining groups for excursions or activities isn’t really our cup of tea. But we fully understand that not everyone is keen on exploring Turkey on their own. That’s when Get Your Guide comes in handy. They offer plenty of activities and sightseeing tours that you can pre-book online.

If you’re more into a personalized experience while enjoying the services of a guide, Tours by Locals may be what you’re looking for! We just love them! You get the knowledge and assistance of a local, and the experience of independent traveling. Best of both worlds, really.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

There are so many stunning places to stay on the Bozburun Peninsula that it is hard for us to pick a few that we really love. But hey, that’s what we’re here for, right? So, here we go, one hotel for every place on the peninsula:

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We usually start with Skyscanner when searching for flights. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here. If you’re heading to the Bozburun Peninsula, Dalaman is the closest airport, followed by Bodrum-Milas.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

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