Yalikavak has always been a popular place to get away to, but the careful planning, expansion and investment in the area will see it become one of the top destinations in Turkey. Situated along the north-west coast of the beautiful Bodrum Peninsula, Yalikavak started with humble beginnings as a picturesque fishing village where the catch of the day supplemented by some sponge diving was the town’s source of income.
Whilst the town has retained a lot of its charm and culture, Yalikavak is now one of the places to head for when looking for a relaxing sunshine break in stunning surroundings. This rise in popularity has not gone unnoticed with the town receiving coverage from Marie Claire and the Daily Mail who have sent writers to see what the hype is about.
The arrival of the hugely impressive Palmarina in Summer 2013 was just another step in the rise of Yalikavak. The Palmarina is a cutting edge marina that is now burgeoning with beautiful yachts owned by the rich and famous, including Giorgio Armani and George Michael. The marina is bordered by contemporary shops with all the latest fashions, high class restaurants and the lavish ‘Billionaire Club’ – a project of Formula 1 chief, Flavio Briatore. The marina will deliver a whole new clientele to the area and whilst the majority of holidaymakers won’t be docking their 100 foot yachts there, it is an experience not to miss in 2014.
Amenities: Yalikvak is relatively small but is packed full of great amenities. The centre still holds a lot of the town’s historical charm with the quaint streets playing home to gift shops, superb little cafes and restaurants that are the choice of both locals and visitors.
When it comes to satisfying the palate and stomach, Yalikavak will leave you spoilt for choice. The fare ranges from classical Turkish dishes to an appetising English breakfast right through to some sensational Indian dishes. You are sure to enjoy finding culinary gems as you explore this blossoming town.
The main beach in Yalikavak is big enough to ensure there is plenty of space for everyone and provides the perfect spot to kick back and relax in the glorious sunshine. There are plenty of sun loungers provided by the beachside bars, so you just need to order your drinks and food in order to take advantage. The beach gently shelves into the warm Aegean Sea, so getting in and out is no problem and areas of the sea are specifically cordoned off, so swimming is safe. The long promenade attracts runners and those who like to keep fit with outdoor gym machines dotted along the paved walkway.
A short ten-minute walk from the centre of town will bring you to the Palmarina which offers something for everyone, including art galleries, designer clothes shops, suave cafes, tempting patisseries and children’s play area and waterpark. The restaurants on the marina are clearly not the cheapest in town but are the best places if you want to absorb the exuberant lifestyle that the marina commands.
If your daytime visit has given you a taste for the exuberant then you simply have to visit the marina’s Billionaire Club at night. The nightclub opened in 2012 with a bang as fireworks filled the sky and beautiful supermodels such as Naomi Campbell and Heidi Klum partied the night away. This is your chance to live like a real celebrity and drink in the rich surroundings, although you will have to be prepared to pay for it.
There is a stunning array of hidden coves and beautiful little islands all along Yalikavak’s shoreline and the best way to explore them is to pick up a boat trip from the old harbour. Cost varies depending on the size of the boat you want or need. The trips involve amazing scenery, mooring up in one of the coves and jumping into the crystal clear Aegean, exploring the coastline and a tasty dinner with local ingredients.
The renowned Yalikavak market is held every Thursday in the town square. Unless you have visited one of the major Moroccan souks it is doubtful you will have seen such an array of fresh fruit, vegetables, leather goods, clothes, souvenirs, beachwear, jewellery and much more. If you see something you like, make sure you haggle and get the price you want. Even if you don’t want anything, make sure you visit just to breathe it all in.
If Thursday’s day market left you wanting more then the open air night market, held throughout the summer months, is sure to satisfy. If you like a bit of culture with your shopping then the impressive art gallery situated across from the town’s mosque is the place to head for whilst local artists’ productions can be found in Art Alleyway near to the old harbour. Despite the investment and growth that Yalikavak is experiencing, there is still a real warmth and welcoming feel to this beautiful town. It simply means that now you have an even greater choice of things to do, see and experience.
Accommodation in and around Yalikavak ranges from one bedroom apartments right the way through to large villas, all at a variety of prices to suit everyone’s budget. This post is brought to you in association with Panoramic Villas providing an insight into the factors that make Yalikavak one of the most sought after holiday destinations in Turkey.