Kadikalesi is a small Turkish village that unlike its neighbouring resorts has not grown into a town because of mass tourism. It retains its authentic Turkish ambience and life is very much centred on the beach front. The village is surrounded by hills covered with citrus trees and holiday makers who like to explore will enjoy trekking through the beautiful countryside.
The name Kadikalesi comes from a fortress that was prominent in the village during the Ottoman times. The light breeze blowing is a welcome relief in the height of summer for the hundreds of Turks that flock there from the big cities in Turkey. If you are hampering after a look into the traditional way of Turkish life, than Kadikalesi is an ideal choice.
How to Get To Kadikalesi
Kadikalesi is only four kilometres from the lively resort of Turgutreis. If you want to head to the town of Bodrum from the village, it is 23km and there is local transport that passes on the main road leading by the resort.
From Bodrum airport, the transfer time is approximately 1.5 hours and to get there drivers should head south on the D330 (Bodrum-Mugla highway) until they reach the nearby resort of Turgutreis, from there head north on the Gumusluk road for 4 KM. The village is well signposted on the roads leading up to the entrance.
Due to the fact that Kadikalesi is a small village, there is not a wide range of hotels to choose from. Most of the hotels that are available are timeshare resorts or large all-inclusive hotels established on the outskirts of the village. You will find everything you need in the hotels though, including all modern cons such as air conditioning and TVs. To compare all the hotels and their rates from booking agents, take a look at our hotel booking page.
Things to do
The village is a wind surfing hot spot for novices and experienced surfers.
If you want to experience a livelier place, visit the nearby resort of Turgutreis which is bustling with shops, bars, restaurants and a stunning marina.
The castle on the hill can be reached via a scenic route and the view from the top is amazing.
The Greek Church in the hills is not well preserved however it still retains an authentic appearance.
The neighbouring resort of traditional Gumusluk makes for a fantastic day out. It is well known for the fish restaurants that line the harbour.
On Wednesdays there is a market in nearby Gumusluk, while Turgutreis has their market day on Saturday. This is a great chance to practise your bartering skills and pick up some amazing bargains in the process.
Spend the day exploring Bodrum Town. It has an impressive ancient castle, an underwater museum and exploring the old town is a great experience.
The village of Kadikalesi is very quiet in the winter time because the weather and rainfall is bad. However fast forward to summer, and the high temperatures bring swimmers and holiday makers out to spend days on the long sandy beaches. For up to date weather in the Bodrum region, take a look at our weather page.
Nightlife and eating out
Nightlife in Kadikalesi is all about relaxing on soft cushions, listening to smooth music and enjoying the company of good friends. If you want a lively nightlife then head to nearby Turgutreis. Restaurants are mainly based around the area of the beach and their menus will be emphasising freshly caught fresh and seafood as well as crisp salads, all to be enjoyed with a bottle of sparkling wine.
The range of property in Kadikalesi varies from old stone houses that need renovating to modern villas and apartments in time share resorts. As this location is a small village, prices are relatively cheap. The cost of living is also cheap when comparing it to western countries. The village does not have a comprehensive range of facilities however there are frequent bus services to the surrounding resorts. For a full list of rental agents and property sales agents that are dealing in the area, take a look at our comprehensive list.