Bodrum: Downtown & Marina

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Sunday 18 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

A while ago I shared a post about a trip to Bodrum, but in winter. Whilst it’s a big time tourist resort area for much of the year, winter finds the place quieter, if not truly deserted. There are year-round visitors here, but off-season, when the fleets of European charter flights don’t run, Bodrum becomes one of the places to be for holidaying Turks, being just an hour’s flight from Ankara or Istanbul. 

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So, what do you think of having that enormous chandelier… in your front yard?

Different!

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I love to frequent the different mosques as I travel around Türkiye, especially the small local ones. Each is unique, but there is something quite strange in the way this next one is situated smack next to all the yachts and power cruisers moored with a few metres of our prayer mats – the intertwining mix of two worlds.

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This is Bodrum of course, where the dollars are a plenty – I guess that’s why there are no farm tractors and makeshift trailers in use here for removing the boats for winter maintenance – instead this is quite some lifting device I found when wandering around the marina! I used this image recently for a Photo Challenge on ‘Yellow’, posting it within hours of being there – a splash of colour in a sea of white. 

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The sheer number and monetary value of the boats to be found there was staggering – what a different world it must be. But as much as I used to dream, I can’t really see me wearing pretty deck shoes, sipping daiquiris as the crew cast off for an evening cruise around the bays of the Mediterranean, can you?

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I love this next shot – Bodrum at its best – even the yacht marina car park payment booth beats your average tin hut 🙂

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Whilst I’ve never been a yachtie, or am ever likely to be so in this life or the next, they are an endless source of fascination to me, and I just can’t walk past without whipping out the camera!

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13 thoughts on “Bodrum: Downtown & Marina

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  4. backtobodrum says:

    LoSt my previous comment. I’m glad you enjoyed your trip to Bidrum. The marina there is now small compared to others on the peninsula. The biggest gin palaces are in Yalikavak and Turgutreis.

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  5. LB says:

    Oh how beautiful! What a place!

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  6. backtobodrum says:

    Glad you enjoyed your trip to my home town. Bodrum Marina is now very small compared to Turgutreis and Yalikavak on the Bodrum peninsula. The big gin palaces are there.

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  7. lamputts says:

    As an ex liveaboard I felt I just had to comment that not all boaty types are rolling in it! A surprising number “sell up and sail” and make the boat their home. And it ain’t luxurious! There are great times, don’t get me wrong, including those sundowner drinks that tend to be our social life. But it is more like caravanning on the water with the extra difficulties that life afloat brings. Just think of those storms you’ve been having and picture yourself on a boat! We became “dirt dwellers” again a couple of years ago and now live in the sky in Abu Dhabi. But I wouldn’t swap our experiences aboard our beloved Seren Mor for the world. Keep taking pictures in marinas, Spike, as she was heading for Turkey when we sold her and I would love to spot her.

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    • Uncle Spike says:

      Love love the analogy of caravanning on water… 🙂 I get what you are saying there… Most of those moored that I saw were big money large vessels that are crewed by professionals, not by liveaboard real folk. Email me a photo of Seren Mor, and you never know… I’ll keep my eyes open as here are many large marinas up and down the coastline.

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  8. John says:

    Well done, Spike! The fascination with what you’ll never choose to be. I love it 🙂

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  9. fredrieka says:

    look at all those solo cups must have been a heck of a party

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  10. I liked that marina in Bodrum and I remember that mosque. There is some money floating about there that’s for sure. You remember that I was holidaying in Altinkum, well, one day we walked to the new marina there and it is so posh that you can’t even go inside unless you owned a boat but they didn’t mind you looking in the expensive restaurants and boutiques ‘this side’ of the security fencing. Clearly a world I will never be a part of. Oh, must now check last nights lottery ticket!

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