Over the past couple of decades Turkey’s Aegean coast has witnessed a huge transformation in yachting facilities, with the bulk of them aimed at the high end of the market.
Fifteen years ago Yallikavak, on the northwestern shore of the Bodrum peninsula, was a sleepy fishing village and friendly low-key resort. However, it’s now home to one of the Aegean’s largest and best-equipped marinas, Palmarina Bodrum. This offers some 70 berths for superyachts of over 40m length, as well as more than 600 berths for smaller vessels, in addition to a full range of boat yard and on shore facilities.
The latter includes two top hotels within the landscaped grounds, plus a wide choice of restaurants and cafes covering both local and international cuisine. There’s also a swimming pool, spa and fitness centre, medical facilities, a large children’s aqua park, plus a boutique shopping area and a supermarket.
The boatyard is equipped with 100 and 250 tonne lifts that can haul yachts of up to 45 metres and there’s on shore storage space for 140 vessels. A number of marine businesses operate from the marina, covering the full spectrum of marine trades and with experience of maintaining vessels of all sizes. The marina is just 18km from Bodrum city and 50km by road from Milas Bodrum airport. An on-site heliport at the marina makes ultra-quick transfers an easy matter and the marina is an official port of entry with customs and immigration clearance facilities.
The marina is right next to Yallikavak village, which has similarly been transformed over the past 15 years. Granted, the traditional fish restaurants next to the old fishing harbour are still there and continue to offer excellent fresh fare in a simple and rustic setting. However, there’s now also a wide range of new businesses that cater for the increasing number of discerning visitors, including upscale boutique hotels, plus villas that now change hands for millions of Euros.
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