Two villages, Gölköy and Türkbükü, came together to form what is for many foreign visitors the unpronounceable name of Göltürkbükü (gurl-TEWRK-bew-kew) on the north shore of Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula (map).
The beaches here are narrow and composed of coarse sand and gravel, with a stony sea floor just offshore, but this has not stopped eager vacationers from sunning and swimming in these idyllic bays on the Bodrum peninsula‘s north coast.
This resort town compensates for its narrow beach by providing lots of wooden swimming docks extending from the beach into the sea.
Minibuses travel between Bodrum‘s Otogar (bus terminal) and Göltürkbükü frequently throughout the day.
—by Tom Brosnahan