Travelling from Bodrum, passing magnificent rock formation and mountain peaks covered in pine forests, takes you through many coves around Bodrum, which must bee seen. All of them located on the peninsula, have the best beaches, bays, virgin nature, many historical sites.
For example, Torba is a popular residential area for those looking for peace and quiet. There is a pebble beach on the east side of Torba where you will fine the remains of a Byzantine church. On a hilltop above Torba there is a remarkable well-preserved Lelegian Tomb. Villages Gölkoy and Türkbükü sheltered by two islands are a natural haven for fishermen who still operate from the many wooden jetties along the beachfront. Gundogan offers a fresh sea breeze making it popular with water-sport enthusiasts and walkers, also some interesting historically sites. The ancient Farilya and Peynir Caves can be found here. Yalıkavak, once sleepy fishing village, is now becoming one of the busiest towns on the peninsula whilst still retaining it’s charm and culture. Is known for it’s clean air, stunning sunsets and crystal clear waters and offers fabulous views of both the sea and the mountains. Gümüşlük, meaning ‘of silver’ is the harbour of ancient Myndos and is one of the oldest settlements on the peninsula. This area is steeped in history and rich in archaeology both on land and underwater. Turgetreis is named after the great Turkish General who was born here in the 16th century. Turgetreis is well known for it’s large marina. Ortakent is home to one of the 13 remaining original tower houses – the Mustafa Pasa tower house. Built in 1601 it has canon embrasures along the walls and roof. Like Bitez, it is also one of the main citrus growing areas. Bitez is one of the most elegant resorts on the peninsula. If I think of Bitez, I think of Mandarin Gardens, Olive Groves and evening walks along the promenade which runs alongside the beach. Karakaya is one of the oldest settlements on the peninsula, with stone houses, some hundreds of years old, some of which are abandoned and some that have been restored by their owners. The giant cactuses and the begonia add another climate to these stone houses. The view from the village that towards the Sporat group of islands and Kos is marvellous. Mazı is a virgin cove just near Bodrum with extremely clean water. The main income of the village comes from carpet making. In every house you can see a workbench at which sits a girl rapidly and enthusiastically weaving the Milas style carpets in colours of yellow, cream and brown.
Orak Island stretches opposite of Kargıcık Inlet and has indented shores covered with olive trees in the lower slopes of the hills. There is no settlement on the island but there are sheltered coves that you can anchor at in the north and in the east the sea that is like an aquarium. Black Island is six kilometres off the coast of Bodrum. Although it is named Black, the island is in fact green and covered with pine trees. The cave facing Bodrum on the island is a popular point of call for yachts and boats. On the seaside there is a small motel and restaurant. The mud in the cave is known to be good for skin diseases. Most important it is claimed that Cleopatra made use of this mud to preserve her beauty. Women in particular put this mud on their faces to emulate the Egyptian queen. After the mud pack you enter the thermal waters springing up in the cave and then throw yourself into the blue waters of the sea. At the back of the island there are many coves and beaches competing in beauty with each other.