Nestled on the Marmaris coast of southwest Turkey, Bozburun is a picturesque seaside town that faces the Greek island of Symi. It is positioned on the Bozburun Peninsula, renowned for its natural beauty and tranquil atmosphere that lures yachtsmen from across the globe. Bozburun is a deservedly popular stop for cabin charter gulet cruises between Turkey and Greece, accessing the beautiful Mediterranean islands of Symi, Tilos and Rhodos.

Bozburun is located just 45 minutes’ drive from Marmaris but feels a world away from the bustle of this tourism hub. Its lovely harbour is home to a scattering of boutique hotels and waterfront restaurants where you can soak up the comings and goings. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample the thyme honey of Bozburun, which is famed throughout Turkey.

Bozburun was once known for its marble quarries, which were active into the 19th century when traveller Charles Texier visited the region. Today one of the main industries in Bozburun is the building of gulet yachts, with numerous workshops where these traditional Turkish boats are crafted.

Be sure to explore the secluded coves surrounding Bozburun and take a dip in the warm Mediterranean waters. Cast a fishing line to see what’s biting or just soak up the sun on the sands. A short walk from Bozburun takes you to the ancient city of Larymna that lies atop Asar Hill. Wander the remains of the city walls and tombstones that scatter the region, with impressive views of the Bozburun Peninsula.

From Bozburun it’s just a short hop to the island of Symi, renowned for its photogenic town clustered with traditional stone houses. Wander the historic Gialós harbour area and discover the island’s sponge fishing history at the Naval Museum, then continue on to the small Greek island of Tilos. Here you can visit the Kharkhadió Cave where Neolithic artefacts and the bones of ancient dwarf elephants have been discovered and explore the main port of Livádhia and the ancient capital of Mikró Chorió.

Gulet cruises continue to the captivating island of Rhodes, home to a UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval old town, ancient ruins and idyllic beaches.

Bozburun, Turkey

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