Bodrum is one of the centre of the Turkish Tourist industry and is the market town for the Bodrum Peninsula which consists of a number of towns and villages nestling on the edge of the Coast. One can pick Antalya or Marmaris too, but I did not want to visit any historical sites. 1. Take a dolmus (mini local bus) from the central bus station to the Tropical Camel Beach. It takes approx. 30min. from the bus station to the Camel Beach.The sea and the beach is one of the greatest in the Bodrum Peninsula. 2. Yacht Charter in Aegean Sea i)Every coastal destination on the Bodrum Peninsula offers a selection of day boat trips. There’s an experience to match your needs; you just have to make a little bit of effort to select the right one. ii)Avoid the cheap trips touted by the Travel Agents where you could be squashed on a party boat for 70, and served a mediocre lunch. Instead, head down to your local boat harbour (before 10am or after 6pm) and find one of the smaller (max 15-20 passengers), independently run boats. iii) If you've more days, then do not miss the 3 day yacht stay they offer. 3. Bodrum is famous for its night life which goes on till 5am! These are the must go clubs: i) Halikarnass club ii) Catamaran Bost club iii) Gumblet vicinity iv) Aquatica - If you are looking for crazy day parties and a unique summer experience then try out this Floating Beach Club. It is located on the sea, in an untouched secluded bay, between Bodrum and Gumbet (access by shuttle boats). This concept offers day parties with international djs, food, drinks, various watersports, and much more. It is open everyday (11am till 8pm) from mid june to mid september. 4. Scuba Diving - There are many diving clubs doing daily scuba diving tours all around the region, fees usually include lunch and snacks prepared on boat. 5. Bodrum Castle 6. Shopping in Bodrum market is an amazing experience. Yes, they do bargain a lot. Also, Bodrum shopping is way cheaper than Istanbul specially for first copy designer bags.
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Kamari Beach - Kamari is other black beach in Santorini. We just sat on the beach listening to the waves in the bright sunlight. Even though it was summer in Greece the sea water was very cold. We splashed water on each other, collected some pebbles, searched seashells, clicked selfies and shared an ice cream. We had a fun time here.
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This day was around beaches. We headed to Perissa beach first. It was a direct route. Water was so clear and so blue. We did jet skiing there. Men here were so fit . Greek men proverb doesnt come just like that. For next two hours, we were in beach enjoying blue waters. We walked along the beach till end. At the end was a stone with some clear water near. I put my feet and some fishes pedicured me. It was all magical. By the way beach was black sand beach.
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This was the best sunset I have seen till date. We took a shared cab to Oia and started walking into streets of Oia to reach sunset point. The place was very impressive. All through were houses and shops. Everything was painted white. There were flowerpots with plants and flowers at every house and shop. Truly beautiful. It was like a painting come alive. There was a hotel at which we ordered some snacks and relaxed for a while watching sunset. It had a swimming pool and some beach chairs. After a while, we moved forward and there was the real beauty. This place was magical. To our luck, we were the only one there. Many pictures of Santorini show a white round building with blue top. We were seeing it in real. This place had just a rock and down was deep blue ocean very low and sun setting into ocean. Adding to it was a traditional boat going in ocean. We were least interested in photos and enjoyed the sunset thoroughly. We stayed there till sunset. Then started walking when we realised something running in our stomach. We then realised we did not eat anything from morning and rushed into a restaurant. We wanted to try all greek dishes. We ordered something and there came a big tomato with rice inside , a big capsicum with rice inside. They were are farm fresh and tasted delicious. After a delicious dinner, we headed back to hotel and had a good sleep.
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Fira is the main town/capitol of Santorini. Part of the town is sitting on steep cliffs and it is one of the most picturesque spots in all of Greece. Fira has the most restaurants, shops, and hotels and is the center of Santorini’s nightlife. Firostefani is a suburb of Fira, lying between Fira and Imerovigli. It is on the crest of a hill and thus has one of the spots with the best view on the island and especially looking back down to Fira.
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Then afternoon was our journey to Red beach. On the way to Red beach , we saw a local corn stall and my husband started pretending he is a chef and asked to take pictures. Locals were very friendly. We came to location but we were not able to see any beach near us. So we asked a local and he told it is a hike. To get to Red beach is a small hike. Climbing a huge rock and climbing down gets us to beach. We started climbing the rock and mid way , we were fascinated to see. It was a very huge red rock infront of us with a small white patch in the middle and beach was almost invisible. We saw many small moving objects down and confirmed it as beach. As we headed down, we were amazed. This is a red sand beach. There were shacks for rent. We took two and rested. We were totally in very clear water swimming and playing around. Spent almost 2 hours there. Very beautiful beach. It does not seem like a beach until you go near because of huge red rock. After a very satisfying day, we headed to hotel.
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Day 6: We checked out of ANZ Guesthouse and went to explore Temple of Artemis (One of the seven wonders of the ancient world) and St. John’s Basilica (burial site of St. John). Post lunch we visited Kusadasi which is one of the main ports in Turkey. We returned to Selcuk to collect our luggage and take the overnight bus to Antalya. We travelled by a Pamukkale Turizm bus that departed from Selcuk at 12:00 am midnight.