Yacht Charter in Bodrum
Yacht Cruise Guides to Destinations around the Bodrum
Bodrum is one of the top departure points for a luxury yacht charter. It sits on a peninsula in South West Turkey that juts out westwards into the Aegean Sea; even before you head out into the open sea there are plenty of places to see close to the city itself, smaller villages and resorts as well as quiet coves and beaches where you are away from any crowds.
The Castle of St. Peter was built by the Knights Hospitaller in the early 15th Century and is certainly the defining landmark in Bodrum. It is now the Museum of Underwater Archaeology and remains in excellent condition. It sits on the site where the Mausoleum of Mausolus once dominated the harbour.
The Amphitheatre in Bodrum was begun by King Mausolus but finished by the Romans. The 4th Century BC was the beginning though the Romans did not finish it until 2nd Century AD by enlarging it. It could set 13,000 and some of the seats have their owners’ names inscribed on them. It is in excellent condition and located on the road to Gumbet.
The White Windmills on the Bodrum Peninsula, made of stone and wooden planks were made in the middle of the 18th Century and used to grind flour right up until the 1970s. There are a few on the hill between Gumbet and Bodrum and others around Yalikavak, formerly just a small fishing village.
REASONS TO VISIT BODRUM
- Long Hours of Sunshine
- 15th Century Bodrum Castle
- Lovely Turkish Cuisine
- Beaches on the Bodrum Peninsula
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The weather in South West Turkey is predictable; it will be warm as the yachting season starts and hot through the many weeks of summer. It cools a little in the autumn but is still pleasantly warm. Night time temperatures are still good enough for T shirt and shorts throughout the yachting season.
The local language is Turkish which may initially be confusing but if you learn a few commonly used phrases such as greetings, locals will appreciate your efforts. You will find English spoken in many tourist places and restaurants will have English as well as Turkish.
The local currency is the Turkish Lira (TL). You will find many places where exchange rates are clearly shown and can get Lira from ATMs which are common. Travellers cheques are not advisable.
Turkish time is 2 hours ahead of the UK from the end of March until UK clocks change in October. For a period of 5 months, the winter, clocks will currently be 3 hours ahead though that policy is not necessarily permanent.
Fly to: Milas - Bodrum International Airport with flights throughout Europe and the Middle East. It is less than half an hour from Bodrum City Centre. Flight times from the UK average 4.5 hours.
E – visas are available online before visiting Turkey. See https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/apply
Milta Bodrum Marina can hold 450 boats, all close to the attractions of the City; restaurants, bars, shopping and live music. A limited number (20) of boats up to 70 metres can be berthed.
D-Marin Turgutreis on the Peninsula a short drive out of the City has 550 berths with the ability to hold a single 70 metre yacht and 30 between 30 and 40 metres. There are beaches, shops and restaurants.
Palmarina Yalikavak can hold large yachts, 70 over 45 metres, 140 up to 45 metres and 710 in all. There is fine dining and fashion shopping.
Luxury Yacht Charter Route and Itineraries from Bodrum
The City of Bodrum has been growing quickly. It is the major port in South West Turkey and has been strategically important for many centuries. It is located on Bodrum Peninsula’s southern coast. In Carian times, it was known as Halicarnassus and was home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Mausoleum of Mausolus. That has long gone, replaced by the impressive Bodrum Castle that looks out towards the Aegean. It was built by the Knights of St. John in the 15th Century and within the grounds today there is the Museum of Underwater Archaeology.