Kadıkalesi (“The Judge’s Fortress”) is a small, simple and pleasant seaside resort on the Bodrum Peninsula just north of Turgutreis (map).
Despite its somewhat ominous name, Kadıkalesi is a surprisingly cheerful little village much akin to the sort of village one found all over the Bodrum Peninsula decades ago.
Most all of the other villages have become towns (if not cities), but Kadıkalesi retains its small-village ambience, with a wysteria-bedecked mosque, old eucalyptus trees, short and simple main street leading to the beach, a few shops, café-bars and restaurants.
Speaking of the beach, it is narrow, and of fine sand and/or gravel, but a wooden swimming dock in the town center provides more room.
Windsurfing is available in the town.
Just inland from the beach, several small terraces and plazas are set with restaurant tables for sunny summer sitting and sipping, or evening meals in the open air.
On the outskirts of the town is the other face of Kadıkalesi: the 5-star, 261-room Kadıkale Resort, with five swimming pools and all other facilities.
—by Tom Brosnahan