village of 600 years for Turks / Ottomans… Settled at a slope of a
mountain where to be shielded from the pirates.
They have supported
themselves with agriculture of barley, wheat and animal husbandry.
Very first of the peasants
in Yalikavak lived 600 years till 1965…
Afterwards they descended to seaside for cultivating citrus fruits and
tourism.. Two native brothers born and grown up there settled with a
couple of artist and now living together in 3 Sandima houses.
Yalikavak's main street from the PTT heading toward the sea, take the
turning on your left just before reaching the harbour front. You will
pass the market area on your right. At the T-junction, turn left.
Shortly, you will see the 'Belediye' (council) building on your right,
take the right turn immediately before you reach it. Park your car here,
if you wish to continue on foot. The walk from here to Sandima is 2.2km,
uphill in places.
becomes a track and runs straight. After l km, a road joins from the
right, it follows a riverbed on your left and you will see bridges
across to the houses on the other side. Masses of opuntia bring a
different character to the countryside, in spite of the presence of the
more familiar olive tree.
road starts to ascend and to your left you will see a dome-shaped
structure. This is a 'Sarnie;' or 'Gumbet', used for storing water,
there are many dotted throughout the peninsula, often plastered and
painted white but this is a particularly fine example. Maintaining an
adequate supply of water has been a major problem in the arid, volcanic
region of the Bodrum peninsula. There is no shortage of rainfall in
winter but, with no great depth of soil to hold the water, there is need
for some other system, hence the 'Sarnie. If you have walked the 1.4km
to this point, this is also a good spot to take a rest and enjoy the
Continuing, 4 minutes later you pass a fountain. Flowers decorating the
way include wild orchids and the, more shrubby, fringed rue which grows
around the fountain. The stream changes course now causing you to cross
it to continue in a steady ascent.
start to see the empty houses scattered over the hillside. Head right,
toward the eucalyptus trees but turn sharp left, into a walled-in trail,
before reaching them. Head uphill, you reach an ornamental water
fountain at what would appear to be the old village square. Silence
hangs heavily around the deserted streets, creating an unreal
atmosphere. Take time to wander and explore the crumbling houses before
returning by the same route.