Bozburun is a sleepy and quiet little fishing village with a population of only about 2,400. Bozburun is about 40Km from Marmaris along a good, if curvy, road that runs along the western coastline of the Loryma (or Bozburun) peninsula. The town itself is spread over a large area, with a fair proportion of the population living inland and away from the sea. The village faces across the sea to the Greek island of Simi (Sömbeki in Turkish), only 15 km away from the “aquarium”, which is the locals’ name of the reef separating the bay from the open sea. Bozburun is one of the key stops on the popular sailing route of the Blue Cruises (Private Gulet Cruises) as well as private yachts of all kinds.
Bozburun has a small and charming little harbour, several restaurants and cafés, a variety of shops and a tourist information office. The village harbour is the perfect place to just relax while having a good meal or something to drink while observing boats of all kinds come and go. Behind the harbour there is a little square with a post office and a traditional coffee shop where the men gather for a play of backgammon or just for a chat and a Turkish coffee. On Tuesday mornings there is an open market set up selling food, vegetables, clothing, hardware and just about anything you can imagine.
Bozburun is world famous for its boat building: wooden Turkish Gulets are lovingly constructed by hand using traditions handed down for generations. An annual festival celebrates the work that is completed in the boatyards that surround the town and which are well worth a visit. As you can see from the gallery below, this boat building goes on all over the village - often in the unlikeliest of locations - so keep your eyes peeled!