As well as for its picturesque hills, cliffs and sublimely beautiful beaches, Turkey is famous for its exotic and inviting culture. Turkish holiday hotspots have all the advantages of a classic Mediterranean beach haven, with a unique Middle Eastern twist. There’s no better way to get a complete taste of Turkey’s unique culture, than by sampling the traditional cuisine of gorgeous tourist towns like Bodrum.
Bodrum is a charming city that lies on the Bodrum Peninsula, on Turkey’s western Aegean Coastline. Not only do the stunning coastal vistas around Bodrum make some of the most beautiful views of the Mediterranean, but Bodrum’s richly diverse cultural history has infused its cuisine with a fantastic variety of delicious flavours.
Turkey, lying as it does between Asia and Europe, has developed a cuisine that fuses and refines some of the very best of world foods. Bodrum restaurants serve a wide range of meat, fish and vegetable dishes to suit any traveller. The main characterising aspect of Bodrum cuisine is its specialisation in fresh ingredients. Bodrum dishes are known for being fantastically fresh and healthy, as well as supremely delicious.
Fresh vegetables are some of the most valuable ingredients in Bodrum cooking. Veg dishes are often roasted or cooked with local olive oil, and prepared with local wild plants like chicory, radish leaves and bull marrow.
A particular favourite amongst the Turks, that has become popular all around the world, is the doner kebab. Although the UK equivalents use heavily processed ingredients, proper Turkish kebabs in Bodrum use delicious fresh meats cooked to perfection on a slow roasting spit, and served with onions, salad and local Pide bread.
For desert, two uniquely Bodrum classics are sweet pastry dishes; Sarayli and Katmer. Bodrum deserts are often served with Turkish style tea or coffee, which is itself a distinctive experience. Turkish teas and coffees are served black, with huge amounts of milk. They’re also served in either little tulip shaped glasses, or tiny cups.
Bodrum is bursting with fantastic restaurants and cafes, about which you can read more through On the Beach Reviews. Bodrum has become a favourite with On the Beach travellers thanks to the fantastic beaches that line the city’s waterfront. On the Beach Reviews can help lead you to the best hotels and travel deals around Bodrum.