Last Updated on March 28, 2021
Akyarlar is a popular holiday town located on the most south westerly point of the Bodrum peninsula, just across the Greek island of Kos. The ancient name of the town is Arhialla. Once a small fishing town in Bodrum, Akyarlar now has become one of the most popular resorts in the peninsula. Akyarlar is also the best and the leading destination for windsurfing in Bodrum peninsula.
Top Things to Do & See in Akyarlar
Akyarlar beach & the Bay, Water Sports
Akyarlar beach is one of the best Bodrum beaches and it is amazing with its fine sand and crystal clear waters. The Akyarlar beach is also very ideal destination for windsurfing lovers.
The 2 km. long Karaincir Beach (means Black Fig in Turkish), situated by the Akyarlar coast, is considered to be the Maldives of Turkey and one of the best beaches on the Bodrum peninsula. The Karaincir Beach dazzles with its deep blue sea.
The beautiful bay of Akyarlar, is one of the most popular places for visitors to have a great beach day out, swimming and water sports.
The Small Aquarium Bay is one of the most preferred spots for holidaymakers. And the Kargi Island, located in the south of Akyarlar, is one of the most preferred areas for diving enthusiasts.
Akyarlar has a very peaceful coastline with spectacular views. It is a great attraction for travelers to watch the sunset over Kos Island in the evenings.
Since Akyarlar has a beautiful sea and blue flag beaches, daily boat tours are frequently organized in the region. You can enjoy the sea and have fun with daily boat trips to the surrounding bays from Akyarlar.
Bodrum coasts are very rich in color with jagged rocks and bright trees, as well as contrasted against the clear, turquoise sea. You’ll definitely experience the beautiful coasts by visiting the various bays by boat.
The tour guides will tell you where you can safely jump into the crystal clear waters to swim and snorkel. You’ll come across plenty of fish and other marine life, and when back on board, you’ll dry off while enjoying the sun. Continue reading…
You can also have a day out to see the popular sights and historical sites on the Bodrum peninsula, including the Bodrum Windmills on the hills between Gumbet and central Bodrum, Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Bodrum Castle and the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, the Myndos Gate and an ancient Amphitheater in central Bodrum, and the ruins of Pedasa.
Daily Tours & Excursions
For the ones who will not want to spend their Akyarlar holidays on a routine day out at their hotels, than attending to daily tours and excursions is one of the best options to experience and enjoy the stunning landscapes and natural beauties, crystal clear turquoise sea, historical sites, and charms of the Bodrum peninsula.
Variety of all inclusive daily boat trips, cycling, 4×4 Off-road Safari, Quad & Buggy Safari, scuba diving, day trips to Ephesus, Pamukkale and Dalyan are the top selling and the most popular excursions and daily tours from Bodrum. Continue reading…
Shopping – What to Buy?
You’ll find great shopping alternatives from popular outdoor markets, supermarkets, antique and handicraft shops to lovely stores in Akyarlar. Jewelry, leather, carpet, rug, clothing, traditional tastes, authentic clothes and hand made items, as well as pretty souvenirs are the most popular things to buy in Akyarlar. The woven sheaths and ceramic cups can be considered as Akyarlar’s best-selling products.
In addition, you can visit the street markets on the Bodrum peninsula and find all kind of goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as brand clothes, etc. Popular ones are held in Gumbet on Sundays, and central Bodrum on Tuesdays.
Eating Out – What to Eat?
You can experience and enjoy the Aegean and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as authentic Turkish cuisine and the flavor of the sea at the plenty of restaurants and cafes along the town center and beach promenade of Akyarlar.
Since Akyarlar used to be a place inhabited by the Greeks, you’ll see the traces of this period taken place in the kitchen of Akyarlar. The Turkish-Greek dishes, fresh seafood and restaurants are very popular in Akyarlar. The Bal Mahmut’s Place, with its famous dish “the raw pie”, the Bitez Ice Cream Shop are popular places.
Traditional mezes with yogurt, aubergine, pepper, tomato and olive, bergamot jam, stuffed squash blossoms, Turkish kebab and all kind of seafood are popular dishes you can taste in Akyarlar.
Nightlife in Akyarlar
You’ll find good cafes, bars, and restaurants in Akyarlar that each offer its own brand of entertainment and fun for their guests.
Accommodation – Where to Stay?
As for accommodation in Akyarlar; you can find wide range of options from 3 star, 4 star, 5 star all inclusive hotels and family friendly hotels, apartments, holiday villages, holiday villas and apartments to choose from standard packages to deluxe residences. See;
We also recommend you make your hotel search and book online via the world’s biggest online hotel booking websites. You can get really good discounts and find the best prices with a match.
- Trivago Akyarlar Bodrum Hotels (Trivago claims that they guarantee the best price with their price matching system)
- Agoda Akyarlar Bodrum Hotels (Agoda claims that if you find the same hotel cheaper elsewhere, they will refund the difference)
How to Get to Akyarlar?
Akyarlar is situated on the most south westerly point of the Bodrum peninsula, about 23 km. from central Bodrum, and 59 km. from Bodrum Milas Airport (BJV).
Getting to Akyarlar from Bodrum Milas Airport
The HAVAS Airport Shuttle operates between the airport and Bodrum city center. Following the route Guvercinlik, Torba road and Bodrum Intercity Bus Terminal in central Bodrum in order, it takes about 45 minutes and costs 23 TL.
And you should take a taxi or dolmus (minibus) to get to Akyarlar from the Bodrum city center. Dolmus (minibus) takes about 30 minutes to reach Akyarlar.
Taxi fare from Bodrum city center to Akyarlar is about 110 TL, and about 210 TL from Bodrum Airport to Akyarlar.
This is by far the best, the most preferred, convenient, safe and fastest option to get to Akyarlar from Bodrum Airport. Especially if you are a group or a family with kids or have lots of luggage with you, than we highly recommend private shuttle transfer. They offer a fixed rate, comfortable and safe transfer to your hotel in Akyarlar.
The HAVAS airport shuttle will bring you to at the Intercity Bus Terminal of Bodrum, and you’ll need to take a taxi or minibus from there again, which will be harder for you to travel with your family or luggage. But a private shuttle transfer will drive you just to the entrance of your hotel.
The driver also meets you inside the airport terminal with your name written on a plate. And he accompanies you for the transfer and also he helps you with your luggage like where to take them and even carry them to the shuttle. And as there is a fixed price, you will not have to worry or deal with price calculations.
We highly recommend Tranigo (a Turkish company operating since 1996, and partnered with renowned names like Hertz, Thrifty, Budget, and many reliable and efficient local suppliers) as we recently booked with them had a great trip to our hotel.
It offers low-priced, fixed rate private shuttles that include meet-and-greet airport pickups and luggage assistance. Their large selection of comfortable taxis, minivans, luxurious cars and 6-19+ passenger minibuses can match any need while ensuring quick and safe travels to and from Bodrum airport (BJV).