Bitez (the closest resort town to Bodrum) is still a major centre of coastal nightlife in summer, and draws as many foreigners as Turkish However, it's an actual village, framed by lovely orchards, the sandy beach, 2km below the village centre, is good for swimming and packed with umbrellas and loungers, satellites of the restaurants and cafes behind them.
Bitez lies 7 kms west of Bodrum, in the bay next to Gumbet. Holidays in Bitez successfully combine a century's old place of life with a full range of tourist amenities, and is a favourite haunt of both, watersports enthusiasts and those in pursuit of calm and tranquillity in an unspoiled setting
Who goes to Bitez?
Top windsurfing enthusiasts have long known Bitez as a venue for international competitions. Also ideal for those who are seeking a quiet holiday.
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Things To Do
Popular activities for those taking holidays in Bitez include:-
- Horse riding
- River rafting
- Deep sea diving
Bitez Holidays - Excursions
Boat Trip: Turkey is world famous with her magnificent coastline and here is your chance to see turquoise bays yourself. Visit to the several deep blue bays for a swim and marvellous caves and islands. It will be an unforgettable and relaxing day of your holiday.
Turkish Bath: Something not to miss! Like the Roman baths of old, the baths are a social occasion where friends meet to chat and relax. It takes all your stress off and gives you shiny clean skin with scrub and foam massages.
Dalyan - Turtle Beach: Cruise along the coast to the mouth of Dalyan River and Turtle Beach breeding ground of the loggerhead turtles. View magnificent Rock Tombs carved into the cliff-side. Experience the miracle mud bath of Dalyan for smooth and shiny skin.
Jeep Safari: The jeep safari is a must for everyone who wants to face Turkey in an adventure way. You will drive through small villages, mountains and nature.
Turkish Delight: Turkish cuisine hospitality at its best followed by spectacular array of Turkish entertainment. Firstly you will meet the colourful folk dancers from the rural arcos and exquisite belly dancer.
Tandem Paragliding: Fethiye - Oludeniz is unique paragliding area in the world. Watch the spectacular scenery of Oludeniz Lagoon. You will find a chance to get unrivalled photos of the beautiful coastline.
Ephesus and Virgin Mary's House: A day in one of the ancient world's wonders. Walk on the marble streets of Ephesus and see remains of the Living Ancient City! And see the Virgin Mary's house where she had spent her last days.
Things To See
Mausoleum: This is Bodrum's oldest antiquity and was built by Artemisia II in honour of her husband King Mausolus. The monumental tomb became one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. After the Mausoleum was destroyed by an earthquake in the 12th century, an exhibition about what the Mausoleum probably looked like, together with a large model, provide a vivid lesson on the history of the area which was then called Halicarnassus.
Amphi Theatre: The theatre is another witness to the great past of Bodrum. Situated in the hillside overlooking Bodrum this theatre whose capacity is around 13.000 was built during the Carian reign in the Hellenistic age (330 - 30 BC.). The theatre consists of three different sections: a place for the audience, a place for an orchestra and the stage. It became an open-air museum after the excavations in 1973.
St. Peter's Castle: The most prominent feature of Bodrum is the castle of St. Peter. The castle's origins date back to the knights of St. John but now it is one of the finest museums in this region where you get wonderful views of the town and sea, are several mighty towers, a chapel, dungeon and Turkish bath, all set in gardens and linked by steep steps and passageways.
Visit Ephesus: This site is about 160 km North of Bodrum can be reached in approximately two and a half hours by bus. A city once renowned throughout the Classical world as a major trading port, a metropolis of some 250,000 inhabitants and a religious and cultural center. It was also the home of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.