Bozburun: A serene getaway to find peace year-round

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 01.11.2014 02:02
Bozburun: A serene getaway to find peace year-round

If you are looking for a calm and relaxing atmosphere in winter, The village of Bozburun in western Turkey awaits you with all of its beauty to discover

Turkey routinely embraces tourists looking for peace and serenity with its tiny villages and friendly locals. Bozburun village is no different, and calls on you to enjoy a warm and tranquil atmosphere even in the winter. Because it is located in the western region of the country across the waters from Rhodes and at the hinge of where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean, the winter is not as harsh or cold as in other cities and villages in Turkey.

If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and prefer a serene, peaceful holiday destination with fresh air and the beach rather than a fast nightlife, then Bozburun is the right place for you.

According to the locals, first-time visitors do not like Bozburun, a small seaside town located in the Marmaris district of the Muğla province. Yet, once they stay the night and fill their lungs with the air, they quickly fall in love.

While it is a popular destination to visit in the summer, the village, still harboring its Mediterranean ambiance, offers the most incredible scenery and serenity that will meet everyone's desires.

The Mediterranean town, known as Tinos in ancient times and surrounded by orange and lemon trees accompanied by a gentle breeze, is famous for the gulet vessels built here and sent across the world. These vessels are also the main source of income for the locals. The Gulet Festival is an annual event in the town, as it is a prime spot for sailing and diving with its winds and year-round clear sea.

After discovering Bozburun, you can make your way to Kız Kumu Beach in Selimiye – just five minutes from the town – and enjoy walking on the shoreline, swimming in the sea and seeing the waterfall. Selimiye, a picturesque harbor in Turkey's western city of Muğla, casts a spell on its visitors. Even though it is nearly 30 minutes away from Marmaris, which is one of the most renowned tourist cities in the country, Selimiye is a small tourist resort strung out along a stunning bay. Most of its visitors arrive by yacht or boat to Selimiye, which features mesmerizing turquoise waters that charm visitors. Selimiye has a strong reputation for traditional wooden boat building, so on the road into town, you will pass several boat yards where you will see massive wooden gullets being built in time-honored traditional methods. This little harbor may also be the perfect spot for those who want to taste some of the best seafood on the Aegean coast. It has little restaurants that serve fish that fishermen caught earlier that day. Their service is simple, but delicious. There are also cozy hostels serving as bed and breakfasts and boutique hotels where you can spend a relaxing and tranquil night.

You can also go on a Jeep safari tour. Bayır Village, renowned for its 2,000-year-old plane tree, and Cleopatra Island are also quite close to the town. The legend of this island revolves around the romance between Marc Anthony and Cleopatra. It is said that Marc Anthony loved Cleopatra with so much that he imported sand from Egypt and scattered it on a small island off the Mediterranean coast. No one knows if this urban legend is true, however, scientists have reported that the grains of sand on this island are different from other beaches in the area.

Taşlıca Village and the ancient cities of Thyssanos, Syrna, Phoenix, Tymnos, Kasara and Amos, which are situated at the end of the Bozburun Peninsula, are among the sites worth seeing.

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