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BARS AND CLUBS
Gay Bars and Clubs in Bodrum:
Bodrum is known as one of the most gay-friendly summer
destination in Turkey,
there are few gay exclusive bars. This is probably because most of the regular bars in Bodrum
are also gay-friendly in Bodrum and the gay people do not
necessarily need to be in a gay exclusive venue in order to have
fun. Of course visiting one of these few gay bars is highly
recommended to meet other local gay men more quickly & easily,
especially for people visiting for a short time.
Address: Sakiresendemir Cad. Erguvan sok. No: 5
Map) Straight owned gay night club in Bodrum,
opened in June 2009. It is actually in Gumbet district, located
at the upper end of Gumbet's bar street, somewhere opposite of
the well-know wind-mill restaurant. To avoid confusion, there is
a taxi station (Tepe Taksi) right across facing the entrance
door. The venues is not so small, but the atmosphere is boring
when compared to gay-clubs in Istanbul. The lighting and music
is also below the standards of gay clubs in Istanbul.
Reviews about this venue: "I visited this place on July 13. They start
at 23h and I arrived in midnight. There was only 3 of us (plus
staff). After an hour about 30 people were there. Place is nice,
discrete and big... However, I disliked music (extremely loud
and 90% Turkish)... More promotion is needed for sure..."
Message Date: 14/07/2009"
"We visited the bar on August 7. There were four other patrons
in the bar. We stayed until nearly midnight and then left. The
bar itself is nice but the prices are high for Bodrum/Gumbet
standards. 10 Lira for a local drink is twice the price of much
better bars right near-by. It must be only because it is a
Message Date: 08/07/2009
"Prices double after 12 midnight, the place is dead and attitude
is shocking. We go out to Bodrum/Gumbet and stay with friends
and we went along one night for a drink. Efes was typically 5 TL
but after 12 midnight it was 10 TL." (Posted by John from UK on
June 19 2010)
Cumhuriyet Caddesi (bar street),
No:70Bodrum/Turkey Opened in 2010 in downtown Bodrum, to fulfill the big gap in
Bodrum's gay life.The owner is also main partner of a senior
gay-club in Istanbul (Club Prive). The location is great right in the
middle of Barlar Sokagi (bar street) of Bodrum, but at the same
time located on the beach-side, away from the traffic of the straight clubs.
The venue and beach in front of the bar functions as a
coffee-house in day time, when they make
chill-out music. So, it is also a day time location for gay-men
where they can swim and sip their drinks in a peaceful, relaxed
atmosphere. It gets more vibrant at night time and
shows are available. Located next to well known Hey
Yavrum Restaurant. Open from 10:00 am, until 04:00 am next
day; almost round the clock.
Reviews about this venue: "It was TL 15 for a small (3.3 cl) Efes beer. " Posted by
Ruud from Netherlands on September 21st 2012
"We visited Bodrum in August 2012 and it is a great place for a
holiday - though not much obvious gay activity. Kavalye Bar is
the only gay bar in town. It is very busy during the day, full
of people (not exclusively gay) sunning themselves on the beach
terrace. In the evening it does not get going until after
midnight and it has a lot of potential but it is just too
expensive. The staff are gorgeous and friendly. The view from
the terrace is great but the drinks are about 3 times the price
of any where else - which meant that people arrive, have one
drink and leave. Such a shame as it could be a real focal point
for gay night life in Bodrum!" Posted by Kevin R. from UK on September 8th 2012
"We were attracted by the rainbow logo, and decided to go
for a drink. It was empty at 11pm. A small Efes for 12TL and a
small Whisky coke at 30TL" Posted by Desmond from New Zealand on August 14th, 2011.
Gay Friendly Cafe, Bars and Clubs in Bodrum
Following venues are reported by local visitors as gay friendly
venues, but this not yet confirmed by the owners. They may be
worth trying but do not expect a visible gay-scene in these
Sokaki Cafe Bistro
Address: Akyarlar, Merkez Quarter Yalı Street No: 25 Turgutreis
Web Adresi :
Facebook.com/pages/Sokaki-Bistro This is a venue reported to us by the
owners as a gay friendly place, located in Akyarlar quarter, a
quite and less commercialized resort some 30 km away from the
center of Bodrum.
General Feedbacks about Gay Bars and Clubs in
"As of 2012, there are two gay venues in Bodrum: a
gay bar called "Kavalye" in the center of Bodrum ( on the main
pedestrian street, opposite the Quicksilver shop) , and a gay
club: Murphy's, located in Gumbet ( close to all other bars, on
Erguvan street 5" (Posted by Daniel from Turkey on
LMT Bar in Gumbet, Bodrum - "very friendly and welcoming.
Anything goes, including the waiters." (Posted by Jonnie
from Australia on May 15th, 2011)
S bar in Bodrum-Carsi: '... have been in the S bar. Very
friendly staff and had the Rainbow flag outside. Nice gay
atmosphere by the beach.' (Posted by Mehmet and Mark from UK on 13/08/2009)
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Other Recommended None-Gay Bars
Clubs & Night Clubs in Bodrum:
Bodrum has got amazing number choices for night life and
musical events. It even rivals with big cities of Turkey
including Istanbul. In downtown Bodrum the most bars are located
along what is called the Bar Street (Barlar Sokagi). The Bar
street consists of Dr Alim Bey - the one closer to the castle -
and Cumhuriyet streets almost connected to each other both
running parallel to the coast. There is surely at least one bar
or club along the street for everyone's taste offering any kind
of music you would want to hear; jazz, blues, rock, live music,
Latin, classic or Turkish pop music etc. There are many Turkish live music
bars (meyhanes) where the most famous Turkish singers would
perform, some of whom are queer-celebrities of Turkish
televisions. During the summer most famous singers of Turkey
give concerts at the Bodrum Castle or at the antic theatre of
Bodrum.Beach district Gumbet also has its
own nightlife, and a smaller bar street. Gumbet is more
dominated by British style bars and night-life.
Here are only a few of the most popular night life venues in
Bodrum, which can comfortably be recommended to gay or lesbian
tourists visiting Bodrum
Cumhuriyet Caddesi No: 98, Bodrum, Turkey (Google
Map- apprx. location)
Although it is not officially proclaimed as a gay or
gay-friendly venue, Alem Bar is an exceptional place in Bodrum
where gay people can feel very comfortable. This is a live
music venue where mostly gay / queer singers take to the stage
and consequently other clients are also expected to be pretty
gay friendly. For tourists the only problem will be getting used
to classical Turkish music which might even be enjoyable after
drinking a few glasses of raki, the traditional Turkish
drink. It will be really fun especially if you go with friends;
an unforgettable experience to observe traditional Turkish night
life culture. Go at least once if you have a chance.
It is located somewhere in the middle of the "barlar sokagi /
bar street", the most popular nightlife quarter of Bodrum,
on the right hand side if you walk into the street from the
Halikarnas is not a gay club, but
it is possibly where you can see most gays in same place at the
same time in Bodrum. It is the biggest night club in Bodrum
(5000 people capacity) and one of the most senior and popular of
night-clubs in Bodrum - maybe all over Turkey. Consequently it
is also the most favorite club for local and foreign gay men
visiting Bodrum. On their website they describe themselves briefly like this: "Halikarnas
first opened in 1979 and quickly became the forerunner of Bodrum
and Turkey 's nightlife. With its spectacular location, world
class entertainment, shows, luxurious atmosphere and first-class
service, Halikarnas is not only unique, but one of the most
beautiful clubs in the world. At Halikarnas, customer
satisfaction, quality of service and best value for money has
always been its mission. "
For more information and update activities visit their own
Visitor Feedbacks: *Halikarnas is the biggest,
trendiest and most stylish club in Bodrum, if not the whole
Aegean. The disco seems a joke, it's very expensive (admission
price includes first drink) but the setting, the laser show and
the no-expense-spared floorshow makes it for some people
attractive. You can't miss it as it has the loudest music system
in town. Many people around complaining. Open 2200-0400. On any
given night of the week something is happening at 'HALIKARNAS',
be it a 'foam Party', Ladies Night' or 'Night of the Dance'.
Entry fee is between 20 and 30 Million TL. The advertised FREE
BEER NIGHT sounds a bit funny.
(April 7, 2005)
Marine Club Catamaran
(Departure) Dr. Alim Bey Caddesi (Bar street)
1025 Sokak No: 44, Bodrum, Turkey. (Google
This is one of the coolest experiences you can have in
Bodrum. You board this (boat) club before 01:00 am when it
departs into the sea. The music from very good DJ's and
sometimes even well known international DJ's is great. The floor
is made of glass so you can see the sea underneath you.
Beautiful people go to this club, a lot of tourists but also a
lot of Turks. The club is the worlds biggest and only catamaran
club with a capacity for 1500 people. If you want to get off
board earlier that's also possible since you can take small
boats to the coast again. There is no specific dress code, but
dress nicely so that you don't look very different from the rest
of the crowd.
Kuba Bar & Restaurant
Address: Neyzen Tevfik Cad No: 62, Bodrum
One of the most popular bar restaurants frequented by high
society, excellent food and great music, valet parking. Drinks
are expensive (over average for Bodrum) It's located on the main
seaside road between Marina and the Castle. If not explicitly,
this place can be classified as a gay-friendly venue, as
mentioned on some other websites as well.
There are not specifically gay /
gay friendly restaurant in Bodrum. Here are only few of
popular restaurants in Bodrum. Epsilon Restaurant:
Address: Turkkuyusu Mahallesi,
Keles Cikmazi No:5 Bodrum -
Phone: +90 (252) 313 2964
It is owned by a Dutch lady who has high standards and loves to
entertain her guests with renditions on her flute. It is a quiet
civilized place in old town Bodrum that serves traditional
Aegean cuisine. The lamb is to die for. Classical and jazz
music is the choice of Epsilon and the art lover couple who own
the restaurant are happy to provide a changing exhibition inside
upstairs. Another novelty in Epsilon is the handmade silver
jeweler display. Pricing is medium to upper by Bodrum
Secret Garden Address: Eskicesme Mah. (the quarter close to the Marina)
Danacı Sokak (street) No 20. Bodrum/Turkey
Phone: +90 (0252) 313 1641
Secret Garden has got to be one of the best restaurants in
Bodrum. Now in its sixth year it has won the reputation for
excellent cuisine and the warmest possible welcome. The modern
Mediterranean style food prepared by the English lady
owner-chef, is both beautiful and colorful, often original and
always totally delicious. The extensive wine list gives you a
chance to try wines from all over Turkey. The service is
excellent, the music is soothing and to top it all, the chairs
with their brightly colored cushions are exceedingly
La Jolla Bistro Address: Neyzen Tevfik Caddesi (the street along the
174 Phone: (0252)
A blend of Mediterranean cuisine and Sushi Bar is the only one
of its kind in Bodrum Peninsula. Try the salmon & sea bream
sashimi plate as an appetizer. The salmon sashimi is amazing -
buttery, melt in the mouth. Grilled sea bream, the
brochette starter and cheese cake for desert is also
Goldenplate Bodrum Address: Cumhuriyet Caddesi,
No: 147 , Bodrum, Turkey. Phone: 90 252 316
96 13 Website:
Located along the Bar Street on the sea side, closer to
Halikarnas Disco. They have a great menu for food
for all tastes and budgets including Turkish,
Chinese, French and English cuisines. For
starters try the Turkish Mezes and for main course Turkish
Cuisines or Chinese, which are really spectacular. You may also consider clay pot meat stew.
They cater for vegetarians as well as meat and fish eaters. You can also try the Turkish water-pipe (nargile)
here. The staff are very friendly, kind and helpful. You can
even eat on the beach or on the seafront terrace or just chill
out with a drink on the sun loungers on the beach.
There are no apparent gay baths and saunas in
Bodrum. Please note that most owners of action places such as
cinemas, baths and saunas do not like to be mentioned on gay
websites or guide books even if they want them to come to their
venues for business reasons. Actually, it is very
possible to meet interested people in such places anytime in
Turkey, whether it be a gay venue or not. . Other Recommended Sauna or Bath
Houses in Bodrum: There are not many of them in Bodrum but a visit to a
historical Turkish bath is at the top of the must-do list for
gay/straight tourists visiting Turkey. The following ones are
recommended (none-gay) baths in Bodrum for these who do
not to miss this special experience.
Cevat Sakir Cad.
Fabrika Sokak , No: 42 Bodrum/Turkey
http://www.bodrumhamami.com.tr Bodrum Hamami is one of the popular Turkish baths in town, a
stone-made building located in the town center (opposite of the
Bodrum Bus terminal. It has separate women and men section open
at the same time (some Turkish baths are open for men and women
in different days or hours in turn)
Rayola Turkish Bath
http://www.rayolaturkishbath.com Although this one is catering for tourists intentionally,
still a good sample of Turkish bath in the region, located in
Yakakoy village some 6 kilometers from Bodrum center. It can be
a good excuse for a nice daily trip from Bodrum to Yakakoy to
discover the surrounding of the town as well.
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Gay Cruising Areas in Bodrum:
Gay Cruising Areas in Bodrum: In general, the cruising areas - especially parks and
secluded beaches are where gay men should be more selective with
the people they happen to meet. It is always possible to come
across to some bad guys who want to trap the gay men in suchlike
places. Especially, be careful at night time and do not carry
very valuable things and a lot of money on you, just in case.
The most visible cruising places in Bodrum are these:
Breakwater and Harbor
The breakwater behind the Bodrum Castle has been closed to
pedestrians since several years but the water front between the
castle and Marina is still cruisy, sometimes until morning light in
you cruise at night, do not carry your valuables with you, just
in case. This area is the place where itinerant people who came
to town for a job would hang around.
Combination of Dr. Alim Bey and Cumhuriyet Caddesi
(streets), but better known as Barlar Caddesi (the street of bars/clubs) is the
all major bars, clubs and some restaurants of Bodrum are located next to each other.
In busy season the street itself turns into an open air club, piled up with
people walking from one club/bar to another. It gets cruisy late
in the evening and around midnight. The bars street area start
from the Castle to Club Halikasnas along the coast.
The central park near the town hall around the square. It is
possible to run into other gay men occasionally late after
Comments about gay cruising spots in Bodrum:
"Next to the bus terminal and the market hall is a modern,
clean and big public toilet with lots of possibilities for
cruising." (Posted by Ruud from Netherlands on November 04 2013)
Gay Friendly Beaches in Bodrum:
Bodrum Gay Beach.
There are not obvious gay beaches in Bodrum, but the
secluded part near the beginning of Gumbet beach (closer to
Bodrum) is called "gay beach" by some native gay men. This
part of the beach is rocky and less sandy. It is possible to
see some itinerant tourist hustlers in this part and it may be better not
to have a lot of money on you, because it is a desolate place
a little far from the people and settlement area. From Bodrum
take Bardakci-Gumbet minibuses passing Siesta Beach hotel.
Please note that not all Gumbet minibuses passes by this place.
Get off there, and after a very short walk to sea-side climb over the small hill
on your left - not the one with windmills on its top - behind the Siesta
hotel or over the small boat's pier. After a tough (!) 15
minutes climb you will see a secluded bay laying ahead of you,
where the beach is is actually full of rocks, but has some sandy
parts as well. The water is very clear and it is good for
swimming if you find a place without urchins.
For Google map location Bodrum's "gay beach"
Click below links
to see pictures from the so called gay-beach of Bodrum:
Pasatarlasi Public Beach.
The public beach (Belediye Halk Plaiji) in Kumbahce
quarter in the city center is located right after you walk pass
Halicarnassus Disco, on the way to port of Bodrum. Especially
the beach area in front of Bebek and Diamond hotels are
recommended, where you will always see several middle-aged local
gay man in summer season who are very easy to notice. Because it
is a free beach and has no professional services such as
change-rooms, lockers etc, it is usually preferred by the people
living in the vicinity; few tourists staying in the neighborhood
hotels as well as poor & itinerant people who come to Bodrum to
work. The beach is sandy and the water is usually very clear.
Click here for location map.
Gumbet beach, Bodrum
Other recommended beaches
It is clever to stay in downtown Bodrum, because from the bus
terminal you can go anywhere you like by local minibuses
(Dolmus) available until late hours in peak season and are not
is something for everyone in the beaches of Bodrum. If you want to just lie down and
relax on the sun lounger Turgutreis, Torba, Gundogan and Bitez
is for you. If you are into water sports, crowded and loud fun
beaches then stay in Gumbet. If you like private beach loud
music and big cushions to lie down Orange Club in Gumbet is the
place to go, which turns into a beach club at night.
One is certainly spoilt for choice for beaches around the Bodrum
peninsula, which are all easily reached by dolmus (shared
taxis), which run from the main bus station in Bodrum town and
are very cheap.
is the nearest beach district of Bodrum, about 2 km away
and easily accessible from Bodrum's city center by very frequent
public busses/hotel shuttles. This is the place where you can
see many gay-man around, most of them staying in neighborhood
Gumbet or Bodrum hotels.
Bitez beach is just over the hill from Gumbet and can be
reached quickest by taxi. Its village is 2 Km inland from its
sea front. Bitez is a quieter beach than Gumbet but hosts cafes
and restaurants. The water is shallow and the area is very
sheltered, therefore very popular for windsurfing and other
Ortakent Yahsi. Ortakent village is in the center of the Bodrum
peninsular. However its beach lies 3 km south of the village
which can be reached by dolmuş from downtown. The beach provides a long
stretch of sand with water sports facilities, numerous
restaurants and hotels. The water there is nice for swimming as
the bottom drops off quickly.
Tugut Reis is recognized as a town rather than a village.
It is the second largest settlement on the Bodrum peninsula. Turgut
Reis has a very good sandy beach but it is not sheltered so
water sports are not available here. It hosts a weekly bazaar on
Gumusluk is a peaceful village and is one of the oldest
settlements on the peninsula, definitely worth visiting.
Gümüşlük retains its charm as building work is restricted in an
attempt to protect the ancient site of Myndos which lies mainly
beneath the village. Part of Myndos lies underwater and can be
seen by snorkelers. Also here is a small island called
Rabbit Island (Tavsan Adasi) which can be reached by
wading through the water. Locals raise rabbits on the island and
later sell them in markets elsewhere. The sandy beach to the
west of the village is good for sunbathers and there are some
very good restaurants in the village that specialize in fish.
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Bagla (also known as Camel Beach or Kargi Beach) offers
one of the best opportunities to escape the bustle of many of
the more conveniently located beaches in the immediate Bodrum
area. Camel beach is in Ortakent Yahsi, at a distance of only 8
km to Bodrum. The main beach/camel beach is very clean with a
selection of beach cafes & waterspouts and safe for swimming as
well. Kargi bay is basic stopover point for daily boat tours,
which stop near the beach and give a swimming break. You can
indeed hire a camel for a ride here.
Torba is situated in a protected bay in the gulf of
Gulluk on the extreme north coast of the Bodrum peninsula.
Numerous jetties are supplied for sunbathers and plenty of
restaurants are scattered along the sea shore.
Feedbacks about gay beaches in Bodrum:
"The "gay" beach in Gumbet is often full of itinerant people who
are looking for money. However Turkey is still a beautiful
country populated by kind, friendly people" (Posted by Steven/UK
Shopping is a real
fun in Bodrum with incredible choice of shops everywhere. First
of all, do not miss the local open markets where you can find
anything you can think of such as fresh fruits and vegetables,
village-made foods, textile products, flowers, birds etc.
Merchants offer very attractive prices for their products.
Bodrum offers endless possibilities for shopping.
Kale Caddesi (street) near the city center there are
jewelers and few leather shops.
Neyzen Teyfik Caddesi has many carpet shops with good
collections of all Turkish kilims and carpets designed with
Milta Shopping Center next to Bodrum Karada Marina is a
wonderfully clean, bright and modern shopping centre not too far
from the yacht club on Neyzen Tefvik Caddesi. The shops are
quite exclusive and are designed with the wealthier shopper in
mind but even if you don't want to spend a fortune down there,
it is s lovely place to walk around. Lots of nautical themed
shops, sail wear and equipment and designer stores are located
Oasis Shopping Center has great number of fine shops or
clothes, shoes, furniture, light equipments, jeweler, as well as
real estate companies (if your are planning to invest or live in
Bodrum in the future). Oasis shopping centre is on the main
Bodrum to Gumbet road (at the crossroads). There are
approximately 200 shops, cafes, restaurants and bars here -
there is a Marks and Spencer's and many other well known
retailers. There is also a cinema here. It is easy to
reach "OASIS Shopping, Culture and Fun Center" using public
transport. Minibuses, departing from Bodrum bus station to
Gumbet, Konacik, Bitez, Ortakent, Akyarlar, Turgutreis,
Yalikavak all pass by OASIS.
Anyone who is self catering in Bodrum will need access to cheap
good quality foods, cleaning products and other necessary summer
equipment such as sunscreen. Bodrum has 4 major supermarkets and
many smaller shops in the town. The best prices are to be found
at the larger markets such as Migros, Gima and Tansas.
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Although there are few officially gay or lesbian friendly hotels
in Bodrum, some of them can still be recommended to
gay people for various reasons such as their location,
quality, price and liberal atmosphere. Visit this webpage
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A town at the junction of the
Aegean and the Mediterranean is Bodrum, occupying a small but
beautiful peninsula. It is one of the prettiest holiday resorts
of Turkey, popular and famous for its vivacious, friendly and
its very liberal night life, it is also very popular among
Turkish gay and lesbians especially during the summer period.
Although there are not many gay exclusive venues, it is possible
to run into many gay men anywhere; on the streets, beaches,
parks or in regular bars and clubs. Most of the straight bars
can be considered "gay-friendly" in a liberal town like Bodrum
In 2006 an international Travel Operator organized a very big
party in Bodrum, which gathered over 600 gay and lesbian
tourists in Bodrum form all around the world. International Gay
and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) held an international
meeting in Bodrum in 2008 Summer. IGLTA's president for European
countries, who traveled to Turkey for the International Gay
Travel Symposium, expressed his admiration for Bodrum and said
more gay and lesbian
Bodrum is greeting its visitors with the marvelous castle built by the
Knights of Rhodes, the town appears elegant, filled with sweet
white houses, with colorful bougainvilleas dotted about.
The clear, deep blue warm sea is an inherent characteristic of
the place, rather than being a specialty, and the numerous
beaches of unspoiled bays adorned with interesting rock
formations offer perfect days for swimmers, divers and
nature-lover. Octopuses, and sponges of various shapes and
colors are also found here, complementing the aquatic beauty.
Late singer, Zeki Muren
who dared to sing with a man's body in women's clothes
and make-up in 1950's Turkey is the person who made
Bodrum popular destination. The house in Bodrum where he
spent his last days is a museum now exhibiting his
personal collection and is worth visiting: Zeki Muren Museum
Address: Kumbahce Mah. Zeki Müren Street. No:11 Bodrum.
(Near Club Halikarnas)
Part of the fascinating atmosphere of Bodrum is its history;
remains of which are spread over this ancient city of
"Halicarnassus". The tomb of King Mausolus is one of the seven
wonders of the ancient world, and dates back to the 4th-century
BC stands on this land where Herodotus, the father of history,
was born. A theater (1300 seats) from the 2nd- century BC near
Goktepe, is worth seeing, together with St. Peter's Castle
presenting the architectural style of the 15th- century which is
now a museum of underwater archaeology.
A different spectacle in Bodrum is its marina, which is a busy
place hosting elegant yachts that come from all parts of the
world. Bodrum Cup Race is held every October in the boatyards,
and it is an enjoyable event for those interested. Bodrum is the
leading place for boat-building.
The most prominent feature of Bodrum is the prevailing activity,
especially filling the nights. After the intensive action in the
daytime, one may choose one of the discos here -some of which
are the best in Europe- and spend an exciting night of fun under
the gleaming lights. Bodrum is the one of the starting points
for an unforgettable "Blue Voyage" along the turquoise coast of
Turkey which offers the limitless pleasure of seeing the virgin
bays of mythological legends; the beauties of Kekova where the
light combines with turquoise; or sailing into the antique port
of Phaselis where Alexander the Great loved to stay during the
The Bodrum peninsula is an excellent place for those who prefer
a smooth and relaxing atmosphere. The charming villages on the
secluded bays open their guest houses to you. The sea is beyond
comparison in that area and you will find beautiful beaches
adorning azure waters in Bardakci Bay, Gumbet Bay, Bitez Bay,
Ortakent Yalisi, Karaincir, Bagla, Guvercinlik, Torba, Golkoy,
Turkbuku, Yalikavak, Gumusluk, Kadikalesi, Turgutreis, Aspat,
Karaada, Ada Bogazi (Akvaryum), Akyarlar. Holiday villages and
hotels, discos and bars beside the picturesque bays contribute
much to the beautiful picture. Gumbet and Bitez are heavenly
places for wind-surfers with the wind and the sea perfect for
this sport. Ortakent is the best choice with its sandy beaches
for a solitary walk. Akyarlar beach is famous for its powdery
sand. In Karaincir you will have lively days on wonderful
beaches and a fine relaxing atmosphere at night in the public
The northern side of the peninsula is interesting. To enjoy the
best of the region, it is better to take a car trip along the
coast or a boat trip to explore the coves and little islands.
The white windmills, which are still used to grind grain, are
fascinating and lie among the orange groves and green olive
trees. You will come across a well-equipped marina in the modern
village of Torba, 5 kms north of Bodrum where there are fine
holiday villages, which offer active holiday facilities. Golkoy
(13 kms north) and Turkbuku (15 kms) are enchanting, with
taverns overlooking a nice bay. A boat trip to Karaada offers an
amazing beauty. The warm mineral waters flowing out of rocks in
a grotto in Karaada are known to to bee good for revitalizing
To the north of Bodrum at Kiyikislacik (lassos) near Gulluk, is
the birth-place of the mythological Dolphin Boy. The Gulf of
Gulluk is very much frequented by yachters, and the town harbor
has the exciting air of yachtsmanship. There is Varvil, the
ancient Bargilya, with its interesting location a little south
of Gulluk, at the end of a deep, narrow bay resembling a river.
It is a pretty place to visit, surrounded by hillsides covered
with olive trees.
Heading inland, Milas greets you with its typical Turkish houses
with carved timbers and latticed windows. The beauty of handmade
Milas carpets will fascinate you and most probably you will buy
some to take home. In the western part of Milas is Gumuskesen,
which has a monument resembling the famous Halicarnassus
Mausoleum, but with miniature dimensions.
Visitor Comments for Gay Life Bodrum:
'Hi...seems that most people who write messages on here have
not been to the same Bodrum that i have. I bought an apartment
in Bodrum 3 years ago and have had great fun. Im a gay man and
have taken all my gay friends over with me for the past 3 years.
I will admit that there are no strictly gay venues but from what
we have found gay man are everywhere. I have friends who have
not only had sex with bar/waiters/club djs etc but entered into
relationships to. There is also a great gay cruising island just
below the windmills at the far end of Gumbet bay. I have just
returned from a 3 week holiday and the island was very busy
everyday but the best day is a Sunday when all the young Turks
take the plunge...We have found that Bodrum offers the flirty
sort of challenge that we love. Makes it all more fun when you
have to work at it...lol ' (Posted by Tony from UK on
April 2014 Bodrum where l live is very open and its the St
Tropez of Turkey for the Rich Turks in Summer! They all flock
here to play! Stars of Stage and Singers etc! Also lots of Gays
come here and there are a few here at the moment some French and
Brits and some Turks. All normal Bars are mixed and there are
two big discos Halikarnas, and Catamaran which floats and they
get a gay crowd at times. There is a Gay Beach but l have never
been. lt is a Man's world here and you get look's and smiles
from all even the so called straight one's as they say!
September 2011 -
Unfortunately, in Turkey they don't understand yet that gay
people are just normal and innocent people too. That's why gays
try to hide themselves, in general...But in Bodrum, it's quite
different. It's very open-minded in this little city...And there
are a lot of Englishmen who have bought homes and pubs there,
and there a lot of tourists from England, Germany, Holland
etc...So I think you can enjoy this place, no problem... The
real estate in this city is very expansive now, because there is
a spirit similar to Ibiza and Saint-Tropez, and it became a city
for rich people, even jet-set people. Many Turkish stars and
businessmen own houses there. And I've heard that even Elton
John ( who is gay too), bought a villa in Bodrum.
October 2009 -
Actually there is no obvious gay life here in Bodrum but it
is a summer meeting place of gay&lesbian people from all over
Turkey.. There is no social pressure except "typical strange
looks" but again it is better to be more cautious.
September 2008 -I visited Bodrum in Sep 2008. I was not
aware of anyone else who was gay. There was no mention anywhere
of any gay bars anywhere. Perhaps it would help if they
published a leaflet with info of such locations. I took a walk
along the Bar strip along the harbour and found 2 bars/Cafes
that had a gay flag in the inside: - Cafe S Bar and Dinç Bar and
Restaurant. And that was my experience. There is mention of
Aralik bar on the Internet but I have not been able to find it.
September 2006 - Turkey
is generally gay friendly and the Turkish population is
extremely friendly and correct, but dont expect everything just
out in the open. You really have to go somewhere else for that.
If you want to have an adventure away from the explicitly gay
destinations but want to be in a gay friendly environment,
Turkey would be a good choice, especially as its still quite
cheap. Dont forget to pay a visit to the famous Turkish baths. Bodrum
has a real gay bar, the Adibar, but on the whole it has a
slightly smaller and more provincial feel. Theres many a gay
parading around along the boulevard, checking out... the boats
in the harbor of course. You do have a chance of meeting a nice
Turkish man. On a Monday night there was a special Gay
Catamaran: the whole night dancing under the stars on a
Catamaran sounds fantastic. Theres going to be a special Gay
Week from the 24th of September till the first of October, when
the entire Club Med Resort is hired off for partying in total
freedom. Culture, sun, beach, good food, etc., etc. are the best
ingredients for a successful holiday. A lot of gays around the
world could take an example of the common Turkish tradition of
showing respect for each other. Although there are exceptions of
course and there is still a lot to do. Gay friendliness is a
sort of common ground, which could prove more effective than
outspoken gay attitudes which often backfire. All the
hotels are quite gay friendly by the way, although one should
always adapt slightly.
August 2006 - You wont find any bars in the touristic areas
that cater for gays/lesbians. However most places are gay
friendly as long as you don't hold hands etc. There used to be a
bar in Barlar street opposite Avlu Bar - the street running
along the jeweler shops with the traditional restaurants playing
live Turkish music in, that was very gay friendly but haven't
been in a few years so cant say if its still the same.
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