Gulf of Hisaronu
Bodrum • Knidos • Datca • Simi • Bencik • Orhaniye • Selimiye • Bozburun • Bozukale • Loryma • Bodrum
The Gulf of Hisaronu hosts several very important ancient sites on the Turquoise Coast. At the end of the Datca Peninsula stands the ancient Carian city of Cnidos, described by Strabo as "a city that was built for the most beautiful of goddesses, Aphrodite, on the most beautiful of peninsulas."
There are many other bays and coves on the coast whilst sailing from Cnidos to Datca. Palamut Cove, Hayit Cove, Ova Cove, Parmak Cove, Kargi Bay… everyone of them inviting and beautiful.
The town of Datca has become a popular stop-over for yachtsmen, and offers many colorful seafood restaurants, pubs and nightclubs.
Keci Buku Bay is rich in natural beauty: surrounded by mountains and forests, with a natural sand formation resembling a sunken pier.
On leaving the Gulf of Hisaronu we find hidden away in its own exclusive inlet the town of Bozburun, famous as one of the gullet-building centers of Turkey. If you visit the area during the summer months you can probably see the team of American and Turkish archaeologist that are excavating a 9th century Byzantine shipwreck very close to the little town of Selimiye.
Loryma, at the tip of the Bozburun Peninsula where the ruins of the ancient harbor and castle remain can only be reached by boat. Kumlubuku, a turquoise paradise, lies on the southern side of the bay; on the north side, above the water, stands the ancient Rhodian city of Amos. At Turunc a natural harbor opens out into a wide expanse of spectacular blue water. From this point you can return to Bodrum or complete your tour at Marmaris.