During the past two decades the Bodrum peninsula (map) has experienced a construction boom as previously barren hillsides have been filled with villas, cottages and rental apartments/flats.
Some are owned by Turkish families who use them for a few weeks every summer. Most other villas are owned by foreign part-time residents. Many are citizens of the United Kingdom and other European countries.
They may be in the town of Bodrum proper, or in any of the towns around the Bodrum peninsula, including Bitez, Gümüşlük, Torba, Yahşi and Yalıkavak (map).
When they’re not enjoying their villas themselves, they like to recoup some of the ownership expense by letting/renting their villas, cottages and apartments/flats to short-term visitors.
Self-catering villa rental is among the best ways to spend part of your holiday. Not only are you independent of hotel rules and close quarters, you have more room and more freedom, often for less money!
When you compare vacation villa rental prices to hotel rooms, the villas are almost always less expensive for what you get, and you can save additional amounts by preparing your own meals, not to mention drinks, which suffer extraordinary price markups in hotels.
—by Tom Brosnahan