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The Citrus Capital Of Turkey

Aug 17, 2007
Twenty minutes from Bodrum, on the southern coast of the peninsula, lies Bitez, once a small fishing village but now a charming resort with a large beach and a laid back atmosphere.

Bitez successfully combines a centuries old place of life with a full range of tourists amenities, and is a favourite haunt of both, water sports enthusiasts and those in pursuit of calm and tranquillity in an unspoiled setting.

Whether you just want to soak up the sun with a good book, or join in a game of beach volleyball, the friendly atmosphere will give you the feel good factor on Day One.

Theres no need to get up at the crack of dawn to for cool drinks, snacks and ice creams throughout the day there are many small cafes along the length of the beach, simply decorated with colourful tubs of exotic flowers.

There are a few small shops selling beach essentials, a chemist, and general stores for self caterers.

This broad beach is easily accessible by one of the many dolmuses in Bodrum, which will usually stop in Bitez village before running along the beachfront past a number of hotels and restaurants.

Numerous jetties run out from the shore for swimming and sunbathing. Beyond the beach, reached by dry riverbeds, lie hundreds of acres of private mandarin groves tended by the citrus farmers of the area.

The name for Bitez in Turkish is Full of Trees, and together with Ortakent it is the main citrus growing area on the peninsula.

The beach is most popular with water sport enthusiasts and sun worshippers a like.

Bitez is one of our premier windsurf resorts. The regular big winds in high season and a choice of flat or choppy water, make it an excellent short board centre for advanced intermediate and expert sailors.

The sea slopes gently down, with plenty of shallow water for younger children to splash around in, and incoming boats and wind surfers are
safely zoned away from swimmers.

Mountain bikers, divers and windsurfers all mix together in this great resort full of Turkish hospitality.

Light morning winds also suit beginners and the reliable weather allows us to extend the number of weeks we are open at the end of the season.

The stately wooden boats which cruise into the bay are traditional to this area, and every summer give pleasure to thousands of visitors on their own voyages of discovery in these most tranquil and unspoiled cruising grounds.

Designed for comfort and pleasure, a gulet will take you to small,
undeveloped coastal villages, where the world famous Turkish hospitality becomes an unforgettable experience.
Gulet crews are noted for their cooking, and you can expect to dine on the freshest fish or other succulent local specialties.

Ardent shoppers will relish a trip to the famous Tuesday market in Milas, where many a fabulous bargain can be struck for locally made carpets and other traditional goods, such as fine lace work and leather goods.
There are many small cafes, lokanta, in Milas which serve local food at astonishingly low prices. Milas is a 30 minute journey from Bitez.
About the Author
Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Bitez Rental Site
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