The Corner Of Paradise - Okay'
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Two bedroom detahced apartment with a stunning view over the beautiful Kucukbuk village. One terraces, one bathrooms, a private garden. Morning sunshine followed by a cool afternoon breeze for holiday relaxation - you'll never want to go home!
The ground floor of our villa features an open plan lounge/kitchen with a newly installed air conditioning/heating unit and dining seating for six people and a covered terrace with patio furniture, an outdoor dining table and barbecue, one double bedroom with a fan and a single bed (for a adult or a baby), second room with a nice bunk and a single bed too and a WC/shower room.
The ground floor has a sun terrace,.
The spacious private garden is exclusive design which is full of local trees and plants. The complex has all day sunshine, and there is a private beach which is just a few minutes walk. There is a larger 'blue flag' public beach in Kucukbuk Bay which can be reached by walk in 5 min.
Gundogan town is just a few minutes drive or dolmus ride, and boasts many fantastic restaurants, the lovely beach with a well maintained promenade for leisurely evening strolls. For more bustling night-life, Bodrum is just 25 minutes by car or dolmus, which runs virtually 24 hours per day.
One trip to this oasis and you'll never want to leave!
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||KUCUKBUK BEACH|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bodrum International Airport (BJV) 45 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Safe|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
The Turquoise Coast/Lycia region
The Turquoise Coast/Lycia region
he Bodrum Peninsula - Aegean coast On the Bodrum Peninsula buildings are not permitted to be built more than 2 stories high, and there are no buildings higher than 3 stories in the whole Peninsula. This tends to make the area look particularly attractive. Most of the buildings are white washed cubes, similar to those in the Greek Islands. This is because this part of Turkey used to belong to Greece and some of the Greek Islands used to belong to Turkey. As you can imagine, there is a lot of history around the area. History Archaeological excavations have established that human habitation in the Yalikavak area began in around 2000BC, and there are ruins and artefacts from the Carian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman eras. The historic sites such as Sandima, Pasanda (Geris), Kandiba and Termil (Dirmil/Gökçebel) attract visitors from all over the world. Yalikavak is famous for the numerous windmills found in the vicinity. The winds, that until recently turned the vanes of these working windmills, now fill the sails of boats and windsurfs. Another “typical” feature found in abundance here are domed water cisterns which, in the past, were used in times of drought and are now being adapted for artistic and cultural uses. Ferry trips to the Greek island of Kos can be made from Bodrum Further afield you can visit Ephesus, the largest archaeological site in the world, the stunning pools at Pamukkale, the royal rock tombs at Dalyan, and the temple of Apollo at Didim.
The Bodrum / Gundogan Area
GUNDOGAN - 18 km from Bodrum and a few minutes' drive east of Yalikavak, past magnificent roadside rock formations and towering mountain peaks covered in pine forests, brings you to the secluded village of Gundogan (pronounced “Gundowan”). The old Greek name 'Farilya' means 'Sunrise' and is still visible on some signposts. Historically Gundogan has always been important for fishing, sponge diving, olive and tangerine growing. At one time most of the inhabitants lived by the seashore supporting the main local industries of fishing and sponge diving, but fear of British gun boats during the First World War caused the villagers to move inland, leaving the waterfront spacious and uncrowded. Once an important fishing centre, Gundogan's major economies are now agriculture (primarily citrus fruit) and tourism. In recent years, holiday developments have popped up over the surrounding hills and it is now home to visitors from various European countries as well as its Turkish residents. Gundogan is developing fast and is very popular with wealthy Turks from Istanbul and Ankara who have summer homes in the village. The beach is clean, the water crystal clear and is surrounded by some lovely restaurants and cafes offering good quality local and international food. Just a few years ago a five star hotel was opened on the bay and Gundogan's further developments mean that Gundogan now boasts some of the best boutique hotels on the Bodrum Peninsula. These include Mandal Hotel which is owned by Mustafa Sandal (who is Turkey's equivalent of George Michael)! Daily boats/gulets for hire are available from the small harbour. RESTAURANTS Gundogan's hotels and restaurants are dotted along the horse shoe shaped beach and offer a variety of cuisine. In the summer months, when these restaurants can often be full, chairs and tables spill out from the pedestrian walkway onto the beach. You actually dine just a few feet from the water. It is common to see families and couples strolling along the beach path deciding which restaurant to chose. A certainty is the warm welcome you will be given by the restaurant staff as they proudly offer and serve the fresh catches of Gundogan's remaining fishermen. Our absolute favourite restaurant is Terzi Mustafa. Terzi means “Tailor” in Turkish and during the summer this restaurant is crowded with locals, Turkish visitors and foreign holidaymakers. It is located right on the beach close to the Istanbul Palace Hotel. There is no menu, you simply select from the fresh meze and ask for the best catch of the day (they also offer chicken), the staff are so friendly and welcoming. In our opinion it serves the best “Meze” (Turkish starters) at amazing good value prices. All the meze are made at home by the family and they taste superb. For the main course, you can choose from fish, meatballs or chicken all cooked in local style and as we say, great value for money. One not to miss. BEACHES A seaside pedestrian road and path runs pretty much from one side of the bay to the other. On one side there is the beach which is mostly sand. Over the last few years, wooden platform/beach jetties, or beach clubs have popped up. Tourists can use these for no cost, you are expected to buy drinks/food from the hotel or restaurant the jetty belongs to. On the other side of the beach are a huge selection of restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfast and small shops. The beach in Gundogan is gently sloping and ideal for children. There are also some excellent coves and areas of the bay which are great for snorkelling. For the adventurous there is a water sports company on the bay where you can hire equipment to jet-ski, water-ski, wind-sail and Hobie-cat sail at very reasonable prices. Even in the height of summer the beaches remain busy but not overcrowded. You can choose your own secluded and private spot on the beach or one of the small coves or there are a number of private beaches. Private beaches or beach clubs we would recommend are: Olira Boutique Hotel – a fantastic service and very well kept jetty and small beach attached to the hotel. The beach is safe for kids and families. A little pricey but if you want a touch of luxury at the beach well worth the day out. In August it is so popular that you may not get a space as all the loungers are reserved for the guests. Mandal Boutique Hotel – a touch of luxury in one of the most exclusive boutique hotels on the Peninsula. Getting around The centre of the town has its own bus station and Gundogan has connections to Yalikavak, Torba, Bodrum, and Turgutries by mini bus “Dolmus”. There are also numerous taxi ranks. Historical Sites Gundogan also offers some interesting historical sites. Across the bay is Kucuk Tavsan (Little Rabbit) Island, where an old Greek Church is clearly visible atop the hill. A steep climb up the ridge just outside the upper village leads to a flight of 50 steps cut into the rock and the entrance to a small, but spectacularly sited monastery. In addition, on the far side of the main Yalikavak-Torba road, across from the upper village, an old Ottoman tower pokes its head from the lush pine forest. The Apartment is less than 5 mins drive down to Gundogan's sandy beach. A smaller sandy beach can be found 8 mins away in Kucukbuk, whereas Trendy Turkbuku with its beach clubs, glamour and glitz, is 8 mins drive in the opposite direction. Yalikavak with its market, beach, Marina, and beach side restaurants is about 8 mins drive from the centre of Gundogan. Bodrum airport 40mins drive. Bodrum centre 25 mins drive. Gundogan 8 mins. Yalikavak 15 mins. Supermarkets 10 mins. Petrol stations 10 mins. Banks/ATMs 8 mins.
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