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Bay of Bitez- Aegean Blue

Bitez is a small resort on the Bodrum Peninsula and typifies most of what's best about this area. It's not a terribly busy bay and the atmosphere is relaxed and almost rural. The crescent shaped beach is backed by orange and olive groves which give way to rounded green and white hills - green is the native vegetation and white, the ever encroaching rows of villas and hotels built to service the growing trade in tourism. Right now it's still very pretty - in patches. The trick is to enjoy all the pluses and avoid the negatives. For us, a major plus was the bargain deal we got for direct flights from Cork to Bodrum plus great apartment accommodation in Bitez and transfers to and from the airport. All this for less then EUR 300 each. A deal not to be missed and one that allowed us to visit Ephesus, spend an idyllic day Gulet cruising, take some bus trips into the countryside and chill out by the sea. A tiny taste of the many pleasures to be savoured in Turkey.

We visited Bitez in the first week of May, when the resort was just really getting ready for the season and everywhere was uncrowded and quiet. If I returned in July or August, I suspect my reactions would be quite different so my recommendation would be to visit early or late in the season and avoid the crowds.

Best of Goods do Come in Small Packages

Bitez is small and compared with nearby Bodrum and Gumbet, quiet and very laid back. No noisy discos, no all night raves, just a peaceful village resort strung out along the bay. At the centre of the village is the mosque you can see in the photograph and the call to prayer infiltrates your daydreams as you contemplate the endless blue of sea and sky. On either side of the mosque however, is a strip of restaurants, shops and bars as commercial and tacky as you will find in any place that makes its living from tourism. But it's a small strip and once you've passed it you're back again to an almost rural tranquility and 'sitting on the dock of the bay'.

People

The subject of people is a difficult one because even while you get mad at the unremitting efforts to talk you into buying, eating or drinking, you simultaneously realise that these are the friendliest and most helpful people you're ever likely to meet in a similar context. Compared to the sullen indifference of so many of their Spanish, French and Italian counterparts, Turkish people are unbelievably friendly and love to talk. Even when you've refused their attempts to sell you something, they still want to chat and seem to hold no hard feelings. Does this make up for the annoyance of not being able to walk down the street in peace ? The jury is still out on this one but I'll get back to you.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A very beautiful and tranquil place
  • Cons:The hassle from restaurant and shop owners
  • In a nutshell:You could get addicted to the lifestyle here very easily
  • Last visit to Bitez: May 2009
  • Intro Updated Sep 18, 2012
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  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2010 at 5:10 AM

    Interesting. We were in Turkey off season too, but no hassle though it was a resortarea. Wandering around side streets can be most enjoyable, and the food is excellent.

  • iaint's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2009 at 11:19 PM

    Enjoyed your page; brought back good memories; we liked the Black Cat too!

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    well it looks and sounds lovely - especially the orange groves - but I think I would buckle under the constant solicitation

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    I see you both enjoyed your 'beach holiday' and liked the Turkish people. I loved the pictures of the back streets and description of all the details that recreate the ambience of this small seaside town.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Hope you enjoyed your 'Sun Holiday' there though May isn't the best season for such a holiday in Turkey I suppose... I swam in the Aegean Sea in May, 5 last year without any pleasure, though in Russia such water is considered warm in summer, haha!

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Not found it yet - maybe time delay. Will be back.

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