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Bodrum: The Turkish Riviera and Where to Stay

Hailed by some as “the French Riviera of Turkey”, Bodrum is a captivating port city with a dreamlike feel, where ancient and modern living co-exist in harmony. After all, modern Bodrum was once known as the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus.

Located south of Izmir on the Aegean coast of Turkey, the city has always been a significant centre for trade, art and entertainment. Today, Bodrum attracts a diverse crowd of vacationers, thanks to its relaxed lifestyle during the day, and a thriving nightlife filled with excitement.

In many ways, the resort feel is reminiscent of St. Tropez, having become the playground and second haven for many of the rich and famous. Take a stroll along the palm-lined coast and be greeted by a picturesque beachfront and dazzling blue bay, dotted with yachts. Across the horizon is a landscape of hills, mesas, craggy coves, boutique hotels and a wide selection of restaurants serving seafood and Aegean specialties. When dusk falls, the all-night partying kicks off with music wafting from the many beach clubs and open-air bars.

To take a break from the beach, one only has to look to Bodrum’s rich past and its many historical sites. This is where one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was found, The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. Similar to the Taj Mahal, it is a heartbroken spouse’s tribute to a beloved husband – Queen Artemisia vowed to build King Mausolus the most splendid tomb in the world. And she achieved just that, as modern-day mausoleums are now named after Mausolus. Apart from the Carian rulers, the city was also home to Herodotus, the ancient Greek historian who has been referred to as “The Father of History”.

Another famous landmark is 15th-century Bodrum Castle, an impressive example of medieval architecture. In its heyday it was a monumental symbol of a united Christian Europe against the rising Ottoman Empire. One of the more well-preserved historic sites, Bodrum Castle houses an excellent museum of underwater archaeology. Far from a musty collection of relics, artefacts here from the Old Bronze Age, Archaic, Classic, and Hellenistic are presented as a journey through an awesome past – from ancient mariners meeting their destiny on Anatolian shores, to the medieval age of knights.

Where to stay

The azure blue of the Aegean Sea contrasts dramatically with the white lines of this stylish boutique hotel. Located on top of a hill with unhampered views of Türkbükü bay, the EV can clearly be seen from the village, yet is quite secluded from the rest of it, providing plenty of privacy.

Designed by Turkish architect Eren Talu, the EV Türkbükü aims to seamlessly merge hotel and home in a stylish, minimalistic manner. The 48 contemporary rooms of the hotel come with plasma screens (even in the bathroom), a jacuzzi in the bathroom, kitchens equipped with Smeg appliances, and a spacious terrace, whilst a butler service operates 24 hours to cater to guests’ needs, much like a hotel. There are several pools at the hotel, along with sun beds for tanning. Five minutes away is a beach club, where entertainment awaits.

The EV Türkbükü is one of the many hotels that partner with QVI Club, in an international holiday exchange network called XchangeWorld, which offers members greatly-discounted rates for selected clubs and resorts. In total there are almost 3,000 accommodation options worldwide, spanning various types to suit different holiday needs.

Marbella Apartment Rentals on Costa Del Sol

Marbella Apartment for rentals on Costa del Sol with Aircon, Shared Pool
A self catering rental with views over the sea & golf course
Sleeps up to: 4 (2 bedrooms)

Los Lagos de Santa Maria Golf Urb / Development – Marbella Apartment Description:

Los Lagos de Santa Maria Golf is perched on the rising land overlooking the golf course with sea views over the Mediterranean which form the backdrop to this idyllic setting. It is located in the exclusive district of Elviria. It is 30 mins from Malaga airport and 20 mins from the millionaire’s paradise port of Puerto Banus, popular for its restaurants and high life. In addition to Santa Maria golf course there are several other renowned golf courses nearby. Close to beaches and the picturesque port of Cabopino.

For families there are many attractions including: Tivoli World, Aqualand, Zoo, cable car. There are tennis courts and bowling in the complex. Elviria La Romana beach is approximately 5 minutes away by car and is one of the best on the coast. During the Summer months there is jet skiing and water skiing along with fun boats for the kids. And for the adults there is Nikki Beach behind the 5* Don Carlos resort boasting it’s infamous beach parties each week through the summer.

Marbella Area:

5 mins drive to beaches and close to the word famous Nikki Beach at 5* Don Carlos Hotel. ‘Funny beach’ for its dodgems, paint ball and other children’s activities 10mins. Golf Santa Maria Golf 5 mins walk. Other Golf Courses within 20min drive.Greenlife Golf. Cabopino Golf. Rio Real Golf. Marbella Golf. Santa Clara. La Cala’s 3 courses. Santana (highly recommended). Cala Nova. El Chaparal Marbella 10 mins. Puerto Banus 15 mins. Malaga 35 mins. Mijas 15 mins. Ronda and Gibraltar-1 hour. Seville, Granada and Cordoba 2/3 hours. Skiing Sierra Nevada Mountains provides excellent skiing facilities in winter months. Close to beaches and the picturesque port of Cabopino. For families there are many attractions including: Tivoli World, Aqualand, Zoo, cable car. There are tennis courts and bowling at Santa Maria GC. Marbella Old Town – Sightseeing and Historical buildings.

A Luxurious Resort on the Costa del Sol famous for Puerto Banus & Orange Square

Located in the South of Spain ( Andalucia Region ) within the province of Malaga on the Costa del Sol

Airport: Malaga – 40 km
Alt Airport: Gibraltar

Facilities for this Marbella Apartment Rental:

General: Air conditioning, Heating, Bed Linen Provided, Towels Provided, Lift, Safe
Kitchen: Hob, Oven, Microwave, Toaster, Kettle, Fridge, Freezer, Dishwasher, Washing Machine. The kitchen is well equipped with modern appliances dishwasher, washing machine, iron, George Foreman grill and microwave.
Entertainment: TV, Satellite/Cable, English Channels, DVD Player, HiFi, CD, Radio, Video, Internet. The large 42 inch plasma TV has the benefit of HD Freeview Sat Box with all the facilities of Sky Plus allowing you to record programs whilst you are out. There is also a CD Hi fi system with iPod Docking station so you can play all your own tunes or choose from a selection of CD’s and DVD’s.

Dining Area: Seating for 6.

Marbella Apartment – Accommodation:

2 Bedrooms - Twin Bedrooms (1), Double Bedrooms (1),

2 Bathrooms - 1 Bathroom., 1 Ensuite Bathroom. Both bathrooms fitted with bath, shower, WC and bidet.

Views from this Marbella rental apartment: Sea Views, Mountain View,

Marbella Apartment – Outside Facilities:

This Marbella rental apartment benefits from a Shared Pool, Children’s Pool, Balcony, Parking, Garage, Garden Chairs, Sun Loungers

Leading from the living room is a spacious south west facing balcony with stunning sea & mountain views and to the two continents of Europe and Africa, It is furnished with very modern and comfortable Rattan/Basket furniture. When the sun is out, which is most of the year, it shines on the balcony from early morning to late evening. The large back balcony has table and 6 chairs allowing for alfresco dining and sunbathing area. Several swimming pools may be used by guests with separate shallow pool for babies and toddlers, all pools have sun loungers and parasols for your use. There is a lift from the car park under the building up to 1st floor.

Further Details (for this Apartment in Marbella on the Costa del Sol in Spain)

The apartment is tastefully fitted out with cream leather suite with solid wood dining table and 6 leather chairs. The large 42 inch plasma TV has the benefit of UK Sky Satellite system and a selection of CD’s and DVD’s. The kitchen is well equipped with modern appliances dishwasher, washing machine, iron, George Foreman grill and microwave. Leading from the living room is a spacious south west facing balcony with stunning sea & mountain views and to the two continents of Europe and Africa, It is furnished with very modern and comfortable Rattan/Basket furniture. When the sun is out, which is most of the year, it shines on the balcony from early morning to late evening. The large back balcony has table and 6 chairs allowing for alfresco dining and sunbathing area. Several swimming pools may be used by guests with separate shallow pool for babies and toddlers, all pools have sun loungers and parasols for your use. There is a lift from the car park under the building up to 1st floor.

The Costa del Sol / Malaga Region: The Costa del Sol is the quickest route to the sun. The best climate in Europe and great beaches that are more accessible thanks to improving infrastructure. There is a rich mixture of cultural & historic sites for those that want to explore along the coastline. For those that want to wine & dine after a hard days sunbathing then there are countless top quality restaurants, trendy bars and discos. For those with families there are many opportunities to try different water and land sporting activities as well as spending a relaxing day on one of the many beaches on the Costa del Sol. You really do have an opportunity to have a wonderful holiday whether it’s peaceful and relaxing, or sporty and hectic you will find what you are looking for on the Costa del Sol.

Marbella / Elviria Area: Elviria is an established part of Marbella and only 30 minutes from Malaga airport. The area has a mixture of apartments, villa’s and large townhouses. Los Lagos de Santa Maria apartments are a 15 minute walk to two commercial centres, where there is a good selection of fine restaurants, bars and shops including two Supermarkets – one open late at night and Sundays. The Elviria La Romana beach is approximately 5 minutes by car or 25 min walk. If you fancy some ten pin bowling or some shopping in fashionable shops and boutiques try La Canada (pronounced Canyada) a huge shopping centre only a 10 minutes from Los Lagos in the Marbella direction. A further 5 – 10 minutes further on and you arrive at the millionaires hang-out in beautiful Puerto Banus for even more great shops, restaurants and fabulous yachts in the port. The Elviria area is a golfers paradise with many fine courses located nearby. Apart from the magnificent 18 hole Santa Maria course.

How to get there: Approximately 30 minutes by car from Malaga Airport. Transfers by local British representative (fluent Spanish) can be arranged in advance for those that do not wish to hire a car. Taxis are also widely available at the airport. Flights to Malaga: Some airlines that fly to Malaga from the UK include Easy Jet Driving directions. Take the AP7/E15 toll road towards Cadiz on leaving the airport (keep right for slip road on). Leave the toll road at the Calahonda exit and take the A7/N340 coast road in the direction of Marbella. Elviria / Santa Maria exit is at the 192 km marker and is the exit after Cabopino and then Las Chapas. Nearby Landmarks: Look out for the tall Don Carlos hotel on the horizon off to the left just after the Las Chapas exit (at night the sign is lit in large blue letters). On seeing this hotel you are only half a mile to the turning.

Rent Marbella Apartment Suitability: All of the Family, Children Welcome, Wheelchair Accessible, Suitable for the Elderly and Infirm, Long Term Rentals Welcome, Car Recommended

Unfortunately pets are not allowed, no smoking is allowed inside the apartment.

Rent apartments in Marbella, Los Lagos de Santa Maria Golf direct from the owners to benefit from sea views, mountain views, and other luxury facilities

Local Activities for all Marbella Apartment Rentals: Cycling, Golf, Horse Riding, MountainBiking, Paragliding, Swimming, Tennis, Walking, Wind-Surfing

Consider renting Marbella apartments on the Costa del Sol as a great base to explore this fantastic Coastline. Marbella apartment rentals of many types and sizes at this resort are always available.