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Bitez really is one of the hidden delights of Bodrum which is quickly growing into one of the most popular places on the Aegean to visit, however, it has managed to retain its village charm.
The nearest airport to Bitez is Bodrum Airport which is only a 50 minute drive away. Plenty of carriers fly to this busy international airport, Thomas Cook, Turkish Airlines and BA to name just a few. Flying time from the UK varies between four and five hours and it depends from which airport you depart. Although package holidays to this area are popular, it is possible to find budget flights if you are prepared to search the internet. A UK passport valid for at least three months is required to gain entry into Turkey. Accommodation ranges from first class hotels to those of you who prefer self catering holidays, there are villas and apartments available.
Although Bitez is reasonably close to Bodrum, it is entirely different to its lively neighbour and is the ideal place in which to unwind, relaxing on the beach and bathing in the blue Aegean sea. Watersports are popular and well catered for here, with pedalos, jet-skis, banana boat rides, scuba diving and windsurfing. In fact the Rush Windsurfing School offers beginners lessons in this particular sport as well as catering for the experienced windsurfer.
Fancy a change from the beach? There are jeep safaris available which are certainly an experience and you will be amazed at the amount of ground that can be covered in a day on a jeep. The views are splendid and you visit several places of interest, but do remember your sunglasses, hat, sun protection and some water. Boat cruises are a pleasant way in which to see other areas and there is one in particular out of Bitez, the Siesta, which has been entertaining visitors for several years, with holidaymakers returning year after year and taking another trip.
This part of Turkey has many historic sites to visit including Ephesus, Pamukkale and, close to Bodrum itself, is The Mausoleum which was built during the 4th century. Bodrum was ruled by King Mausolus during this time and the stories surrounding this tomb vary between the king building it for himself or that it was built by his sister and his wife. Whatever the truth, it was so outstanding that it became one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Although much of this monument is now housed in the British Museum, this site is worth a visit to look at the small exhibition and the models of some of the original treasures. Another interesting historic site to see is the Castle of St Peter, the building of which commenced in the 15th century. The castle houses the Underwater Museum of Archaeology as well as many interesting artefacts. The views across Bodrum from the castle are magnificent as is the cool glass of wine you can enjoy in the English Tower.
There are several bars and restaurants along the beach and these offer superb views of the bay whilst you enjoy your meal and one of the many cocktails on offer. You will also find many others dotted around the wonderful Bitez gardens and located amongst the Mandarin trees. The menus available are extensive and range from traditional Turkish fare to Chinese.
Those seeking riotous nightlife with clubs and discos have the choice of either going to Bodrum or Gumbet where you will find a buzzing atmosphere. A dolmus, which is the equivalent of a mini bus taxi, will take you to either of these places quite cheaply.
Shopping in Turkey is enormously rewarding and Bodrum in particular has many bazaars as well as boutiques offering copies of designer outfits, an abundance of souvenir shops and jewellery outlets. The gold jewellery in Turkey is outstanding value and you will find the designs available extremely attractive and original. Many visitors have been lucky enough to spend many hours in a jewellers in Turkey sipping refreshing Apple Tea whilst haggling with the jeweller. Haggling is expected in this part of the world and it can be quite entertaining both to watch and take part in. The shopkeepers know they will not get the original asking price for your chosen item and they expect you to barter until a price fair for all parties has been reached. Keen cooks will enjoy visiting the spice markets as the aromas are delightful and the prices are reasonable too.
Bitez is the perfect destination for any holiday as you will find its charming ambience so enjoyable and relaxing yet it is within easy reach of the busier towns of Bodrum and Gumbet when the mood takes you.