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"BOZBURUN & ORHANIYE & KIZKUMU" Turkey Things to Do Tip by Pinat

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  Bozburun (Spring 2004)
by Pinat
  • Bozburun (Spring 2004) - Turkey
      Bozburun (Spring 2004)
    by Pinat
  • Bozburun (Spring 2004) - Turkey
      Bozburun (Spring 2004)
    by Pinat
  • Bayirköy (Spring 2004) - Turkey
      Bayirköy (Spring 2004)
    by Pinat

I was in Bozburun in spring 2004 when my cousin decided to get married with a girl from that region. We went to Bozburun (to the village of Bayirköy precisely) together to meet his wife-to-be's parents and here is my first impression:

The almond trees were exploding with blossoms. An aged sponge diver is spinning a tale about the cats sleeping next to his nets for the grandchild in his lap. The beekeepers were checking on their hives. A banana tree was flapping its leaves in the garden of one of the houses.

Bozburun is 50 km from Marmaris and dotted with charming villages: Hisarönü, Orhaniye, Turgut, Selimiye, Bayirköy, Sögüt, Kizilger... And at the tip, Serce Limani (Sparrow Harbor) and Bozukkale. Its inhabitants are expert yacht builders, having launched a virtual ‘Blue Cruise Fleet’ over the years! As they carefully paint their latest masterpieces, fishermen and their children mend nets in front of the rock formations known locally as Gemen Cove. The women of Bozburun work as hard as their menfolk, pursuing their livelihoods of sponge-diving and fishing.

There is an interesting beach at Orhaniye, Bozburun. According to geographers, the 600-meter-long road that cuts through the center of the bay at a spot known as Kizkumu (Maiden’s Beach) is a natural sand bar created by the shifting sands. People walk here literally "on the water". Here is the legend we were told when we were visiting:

The legend of Kizkumu says that the pirates once attacked these shores, going in pursuit of the most beautiful maiden in the village. Filling her skirt with the sand, the girl took off at a run. When she reached the shore, she kept on running over the sand that spilled from her skirt, until suddenly the sand ran out and she vanished forever in the water.

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  • Written Jun 23, 2009
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