Holidays in Yalikavak are all about sun, sea, sand and spectacular sunsets.
This fishing village on the Bodrum Peninsula is fast becoming one of the most popular resorts along this beautiful stretch of coast. This doesn’t mean that Yalikavak has lost any of its charm. You won’t find high rise apartment blocks and nightclubs blasting out music into the early hours here; the pace of life is far more laid back. Here is some information about what to expect in Yalikavak...
State of the Art Palmarina Yalikavak
Yalikavak Marina, 'Palmarina Yalikavak' is just 5 minutes walk from the centre of Yalikavak. It has been extended and improved extensively over the last few years and it is now full of shiny new yachts as well as traditional Turkish sailing boats. You may even spot the odd celebrity sailing in and out of the port! Boat trips leave regularly from the old harbour so you can spend the day exploring the local area and stopping off for cooling dips in the turquoise waters. Boat excursions also include delicious local food and drinks which can be purchased onboard.
Weather in Yalikavak
Yalikavak Weather is pretty predictable from May to October- wall to wall sunshine! The temperatures throughout June, July and August regularly exceed 30 degrees so sun cream and lots of water is a must! The weather in Yalikavak can differ from Bodrum as you have the pleasant sea breeze wafting in so it feels a few degrees cooler which can be a blessing. Winters in Yalikavak can get chilly and the season really finishes at the end of October.
Yalikavak Beach - Relaxing Away from the Crowds
Yalikavak Beach stretches the length of the village with a promenade that runs alongside. The beach is fairly narrow but there is still plenty of space on the sand to relax. Lots of the restaurants in the village line the beach and they have their own loungers, chairs and comfy cushions you can sit on and enjoy a drink. There are also a platform dotted along the beach that you can use to get into the water from instead of stumbling on the pebbly shore! The sea is clear and warm in summer and lovely for swimming or snorkelling. There are not really too many waterpsorts on offer here which is good news for families as the beach stays safer and quieter. Watersports enthusiasts should head to Bodrum!
Eating Out in Yalikavak
Yalikavak Restaurants are plentiful and of a fantastic quality. Seafood is freshly caught, absolutely delicious and very reasonably priced in most places. The menus tend to be fairly similar in most places with a good choice of local and international cuisine. You can get anything from pizzas to lobster and lots of the restaurants on the marina allow you to choose your own delicious Turkish mezze and pick your fish for main course! It can sometimes be hard to choose between restaurants when the friendly staff are tempting you in so here are a few recommendations that may help you out...
Kosede Steak & Wine House
The Kosede restaurant has been established for a number of years and it is still producing great quality food. Famous for its grills, and especially its steaks, this is a great place to enjoy a lunchtime or evening meal. The Kosede Steak & Wine House is split over 2 levels so you can sit and watch the world go by downstairs or take in the fabulous sea views from the upstairs dining terrace.
Sofi’s Restaurant and Bar
Serves international cuisine and lots of seafood. This has one of the best spots on the beach with great views of the sunset. The weekly ‘Turkish night’ is highly recommended where you can sample great quality Turkish cuisine and be entertained by traditional Turkish dancing. The cocktails are pretty good too!
If you want a good steak while you are in Yalikavak this is the place to go! Musti's Steakhouse has moved locations recently and is now right by the marina. Regular visitors to Yalikavak will tell you there is no better place to enjoy top English cuisine.
3 Brothers Restaurant
This has a lovely position at the end of the stretch of beach. Tables are laid out so that you can sit right by the sea lapping at the shore and enjoy great sunset views. The staff are super friendly and the Turkish cuisine is amazing. Try the flat breads and lamb stew. Delicious!
Le Cafe Ristorante Italiano
As the name would suggest this restaurant serves predominantly Italian fare! The best pizzas in Yalikavak can be sampled here and it has a good position next to the new harbour. Le Cafe Ristorante Italiano is a good place to enjoy a casual lunch or linger over an evening meal.
There are lots of other great places to eat in the village so sample as many places as you can as you won’t be disappointed with the quality of food or service in Yalikavak.