Slow down and set sail
One of the greatest delights of the Bodrum coast is time spent on the sea. Stop for a swim in the balmy turquoise waters of Cennet Bay, en route to Küçük Tavsan Adası ('little rabbit island') and Mercan Adası ('red coral island'), both named for what can be seen at each.
The waters in the parts are the cleanest and clearest in all of Bodrum, and yet it’s rare to share them with others. At the highest point of Küçük Tavsan, the ruins of the second-century Apostoli Church open a window across the centuries to Bodrum’s medieval past.
Turkey’s Aegean coastline offers idyllic sailing and rewarding fishing, while Amanruya’s protected bay on the Bodrum peninsula is also ideal for water sports like snorkelling or canoeing.
Journeys to the dawn of humanity
The history of humanity is woven into the Peloponnese. The region around Amanzoe is full of ancient secrets. In the Franchthi Cave, overlooking Kiladha Bay, for example, traces have been found that date the cave’s human history as far back as the Palaeolithic era, 38,000 BCE – making it one of the world’s oldest places of human settlement.
An hour away, the Asclepeion at Epidaurus was the most important centre of medicine in the Classical world. The sick would come from afar to spend the night in the temple’s enkoimeteria, a special dormitory where, the Greeks believed, the healer god Asclepius would visit them in their dreams to diagnose their ailments and offer guidance on the path back to good health.
The hiking trails of the Peloponnese are extraordinarily beautiful but, with minimal official signage, difficult to navigate without experience. Amanzoe’s seasoned guides escort guests to some of the most astonishing viewpoints by off-the-beaten-path routes. Follow the riverbeds and an ancient Roman aqueduct to picturesque Fourni Village; discover the legendary Katafiki Gorge, taking in historic mountain churches en route; and hike the pine forests of the Bisti Peninsula, stopping for a swim in the crystal sea, and to spy the ruins of temples to the gods Athena and Poseidon.