Jutting out of the southern coast of the Datça Peninsula and into the Mediterranean Sea, the mountainous Bozburun Peninsula is renowned for its tranquil sandy beaches, ancient cities, and lively nightlife, making it a popular stop for yacht cruises and jeep safaris from Bodrum or Fethiye.
Long sandy beaches are magnets for visitors, with many postcard-perfect spots like Turunc, Icmeler, Kizkumu, and the elongated Maiden’s Beach to choose from.xa0Bozburun town is a hub for the production of the iconic wooden boats cruising the sea (known as gülets); the enchanting Turgut has waterfalls and a famous carpet weavers association worth visiting; and the sleepy chic village of Selimiye has a natural bay. Birdwatchers are happy too, spotting Eurasian varieties like the jays and hoopoes.
Travelers may explore the Bozburun Peninsula as part of a full-day or multi-day luxury cruise from Bodrum, stopping off to swim or hike along the way, exploring the Byzantine ruins at Kisebuku, and relaxing in peaceful fishing villages like Cokertme and Karacasogut. Alternatives to yacht cruises are tours by 4x4 Jeep.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Suitable for travelers who love the sea and sand.
- Some tours have a maximum two passengers per cabin and a minimum age (usually 12).
- Remember swimwear, sun protection, and water for hydration.
How to Get There
Bozburun Peninsula lies on the southern coast of the Datça Peninsula looking out to the Mediterranean Sea. The most popular way to reach the peninsula is through Bodrum and taking a cruise from there. Otherwise, fly from Istanbul to Dalaman (which is just over an hour flight), rent a car and drive to the peninsula; travel times vary according to the destination.
When to Get There
Bozburun Peninsula’s high season is July and August. Catch temperate weather and beat the crowds by visiting Marmaris late or early fall. Come in May for the Marmaris Maritime and Spring Festival celebrated with yacht races and street performances, or for the larger International Marmaris Yacht Festival late in the month. In June/July the Marmaris Cinema Festival takes over, and in October Marmaris hosts yet another maritime festival, the International Race Week.
Bozburun’s host peninsula, Datça Peninsula, straddles the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas and there is plenty to explore: hike through pine forests and orange groves, watch the sunset from jagged coastal cliffs, snorkel in hidden coves, tour a traditional olive mill, visit the ancient city of Knidos and its 4th-century BC statue of Aphrodite, or laze about on golden beaches.