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Meet Pinar, our passionate and knowledgeable ambassador for Bodrum, Turkey who will help you explore this Aegean hotspot for jet-setters. When she’s not helping you discover the most unique and unforgettable experiences in Bodrum and its surrounds, Pinar is a PR-pro and Marketing Communications Executive with a wealth of experience in luxury markets including jewellery, hospitality and real estate, working with brands and organizations that inspire her.

Find out below what makes her the perfect ambassador for Bodrum.

What attracted you to being an ambassador for Bodrum?

Having spent many years developing special projects for luxury hotels, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and boutiques, I feel I have the edge when it comes to knowing what urban professionals want and expect when they stay in Bodrum.

What are you passionate about?

I am deeply passionate about living simply, close to nature, with my little boy and family. I’m the kind of person who needs new challenges to stay focused. I love early morning walks along the coast, evening yoga sessions, browsing the weekly farmer’s market, lazing on the beach, reading and spending time on my terrace garden. Walking amongst the tangerine and orange gardens in springtime or enjoying an early morning swim as the sun rises are priceless moments in Bodrum.

What is so special about Bodrum for you?

I always say that Bodrum is the perfect blend of tradition and hedonism. The ancient port city dates back more than 5,000 years and is the site where the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, once stood. Yet, Bodrum is also a Turkish delight for the modern jet-set crowd. You will see many celebrities flocking to the city which has put the Turkish Riviera firmly on the A-list map. Bodrum is often described as the new St. Tropez as well as a romantic spot that attracts exclusive destination weddings.

What can visitors do in Bodrum?

There are so many wonderful things to do:

  • Bodrum Castle: Bodrum Castle is a great place to start discovering more about the origins of the city with its Underwater Archaeology Museum that offers visitors an insight into Bodrum’s rich nautical history.
  • Classical Music Festival: Bodrum Castle hosts regular live concerts and other performances you will never forget, including the International Classical Music Festival that runs from early July until early September.
  • Gulets: You shouldn’t leave Bodrum before cruising around the coastline in a traditional Turkish sailing boat known as a gulet, dropping anchor in one or many of the area’s secluded coves and bays.
  • Bodum Cup: The Bodrum Cup in October is a one-of-a-kind experience: you can see around a 100 huge gulets battling it out on sails during the regatta.
  • Sample Local Cuisine: You must try the local fusion of Turkish and Mediterranean flavours beneath a canopy of bougainvillea or a century-old olive tree.
Why else do you love where you live?

A place in the sun, to enjoy discreet luxury and create lifelong memories of funny moments with your family and friends.

Bodrum summers are memorable for their fresh Aegean Sea breezes and outdoor restaurants on the shores. The sound of live music, the smell of flowers, stunning sunsets, beautiful artwork, both modern and ancient, are part of the fabric here.

How good is Bodrum for shopaholics?

The craft markets of Gumusluk and Yalıkavak are the places to be for unique and hand-made crafts of the best quality. Sandal-making is a very old tradition in Bodrum and you will find many stylish designs that are made from 100% leather by talented craftsmen. You will find everything you need from bijoux and sunglasses to leather and paintings in the pedestrianized old town. Dibeklihan, which was the first art village in Bodrum, has different stores that sell everything from fabrics, antiques, jewellery, clothing and more.

And finally, how would you sum up Bodrum?

Bodrum is a “slow-living” destination for people who like to spend time in nature, eat great food (including clean eating), stay active, go to galleries and concerts as well as invest in self-development and retreat-style getaways.