Turkish Delight Pt. 04: Beautiful Bozburun

As per Wikipedia: "Bozburun is a small seaside town with own municipality in Marmaris district, in southwestern Turkey. The permanent population is about 2000. It is situated on the coast of the peninsula of the same name (Bozburun Peninsula) which extends in parallel to Datça Peninsula in the south. The town faces across the sea the town of Datça and the Greek island of Symi (Sömbeki in Turkish)"

Fishing Boat in Bozburun
Boat off the Bozburun Shore

Bozburun is a beautiful, quaint very old town nestled against the Mediterranean in the South of Turkey. It is a beautiful, peaceful town where, on a sunny winters day, people can relax on the sea front and enjoy a beer and some snacks with good conversation. The gentle sound of the water, the sun glistening off the water like a million diamonds and the sight of small fishing boats and yachts slowly drifiting on the sea sets the relaxed ambience of one of our favorite spots in the South of Turkey. Without a doubt, this little town, an hours drive from Marmaris, is a little gem hidden away and is a classic Mediterranean town (as I always imagined it).

Bozburun Sea Side
Bozburun Sea Front

We had the good fortune to go there twice while we were in the South of Turkey, and both times we were trying to get to a restaurant in a town called Suud futher along the coast. Our sister Judith thinks the restaurant is amazing. The first time we went the restaurant was closed. The second time, it was open. Since we had to pass through Bozburun, we stopped on both occasions and on both occasions we went to the same restaurant, drank a couple of Efes beers and snacked on french fries. Bozburun also has a lot of memories for Judith and Ahmet as the first time Judith visited Turkey 16 years ago, Ahmet took her to this idyllic little town. They share some of their stories in the video below:

As per Ahmet an Judith, Bozburun is very famous for manufacturing Gulets which are two masted traditional sailing vessels. And as we drove along the coast in and around Bozburun we saw many shipyards manufacturing and working on the Gulets. Depending on the size and quality of the Gulet, each vessel can cost up to over US$1,000,000.

Gulet - Bozburun

Also, as you saw in the video above, Ahmet was trying to teach Tibet how to fish. They managed to catch a few small fish but nothing of significant size. At least Tibet had some fun learning with his Dad and it was great to see.

Ahmet and Tibet Fishing in Bozburun
Ahmet Teaching Tibet to Fish

There were also a lot of very friendly dogs in Bozburun that always came out to greet us. On the last visit there we took Judith's dog Bonnie with us for a day out. She had a blast running around outside and chasing the other dogs. It was good to see her happy and having a good day as Bonnie is normally in a bad mood.

Judith and Bonnie - Bozburun
Judith with Bonnie

Friendly Dog - Bozburun
Friendly Golden Spaniel

Dog - Bozburun
Another Friendly Bozburun Dog

As I mentioned above, part of the charm of Bozburun were the small fishing boats and yachts that float on by. But it should be remembered that in the summer, the sea is filled with day trip boats and yachts of people cruising the Mediterranean so I think in the summer the quaint quietness of the town might be lost.

Boats in Bozburun
Small Fishing Boats

Without a doubt Bozburun is an awesome place. In the winter, without the business of tourists, there is a peace and tranquility to this place that is magical.

Bozburun Mosque
Magical Bozburun

We all enjoyed it and easily relaxed in this little town.

Tibet in Bozburun
Tibet in Bozburun

Ahmet in Bozburun
Ahmet Taking it Easy

Judith in Bozburun
Judith Taking a Break

Queenie - Bozburun
Queenie Enjoying the Winter Sun

Paul in Bozburun.
Me Taking a Stroll in Bozburun

Queenie and Paul - Bozburun
Both of us in Bozburun

Judith, Queenie and Bonnie - Bozburun
Queenie, Judith and Bonnie

Tibet in Bozburun
Tibet in Bozburun

Judith in Bozburun
Judith in Bozburun

Ahmet, Judith and Friend in Bozburun
Ahmet with His Friend in Bozburun

So anyway, we loved Bozburun. I think in summer it gets hotter and more crowded (both the town and the sea) but is probably still worth the trip. However, for peace and quiet in the deep South of Turkey, I think this is a perfect place to stop and spend a few days. Chances of anyone finding you there is pretty small. Anyway, we hope you enjoyed the post and look forward to your comments.

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