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For other uses, see Gökova (disambiguation).
Old Muğla-Marmaris road in its section crossing the Plain of Gökova, homonymous with and located in the outlying waters of the Gulf of Gökova. Eucalyptus trees bordering the road were planted in 1936 to dry marshlands and help combat malaria.

Gulf of Gökova (Turkish: Gökova Körfezi) or Gulf of Kerme (Turkish: Kerme Körfezi, Greek: Κεραμεικός κόλπος, Latin: Ceramicus Sinus, English: Ceramic Gulf or Gulf of Cos), is a long (100 km), narrow gulf of the Aegean Sea between Bodrum Peninsula and Datça Peninsula in south-west Turkey.

Administratively, Gulf of Gökova coastline includes portions of the districts of, clockwise, Bodrum, Milas, Muğla, Ula, Marmaris and Datça. The Greek island of Kos lies along the entry into the Gulf.

Bodrum, located in its northwest reaches, is the only large city on the gulf today. In ancient times, alongside Halicarnassus (modern-day Bodrum), the city of Ceramus, located midway along the gulf's northern shore and after which the gulf was named, was also an important urban center. Across Ceramus (Gereme) (in the modern township of Ören, at a short distance from the gulf's southern shore and not far from its outlying waters, was another historical site of note, called Cedrae in ancient times. Cedrae was located in Sedir Island, which was prized by visitors for its beach and of which some remains still exist.


The alluvial plain, also named Gökova, which extends to the Gulf's end, is the location of the townships of Akyaka and Gökova, with only a few kilometers separating the two. These settlements saw their populations considerably increase in recent years, with Akyaka, especially, becoming a rising center of tourism. The municipalities of both of these townships were recently created. They depend upon the town of Ula, which is accessed through Sakar Pass at an altitude of 670 meters and offers an impressive view of the Gulf. Until 1945, the hamlets across the plain, mostly marshlands ridden with malaria until that time, were collectively known as Gökabad. Consequently, the gulf and one of the settlements came to be called Gökova, a term which is often used to designate the area in which Akyaka, and not the neighboring township of Gökova, is actually prominent.

In sum, the name, Gökova, (possibly derived from Cova, the designation by which the area was known in Ottoman times) is mentioned as "Djova" in some recent English navigation charts and alternately is used for the gulf, for the plain at the end of the same gulf, for a township situated in the same plain, and as a casual term covering the emerging resort area centered in the coastal town of Akyaka. The Carian city of Idyma, with acropolis and famed rock tombs, is found at Kozlukuyu, Gökova town, inland from Akyaka. In ancient times, Akyaka was simply a suburb of Kozlukuyu.

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Coordinates: 36°59′57″N 28°09′43″E / 36.99917°N 28.16194°E / 36.99917; 28.16194

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Hurriyet Daily News

Hurriyet Daily News
Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:21:43 -0700

Storks that come to the western province of Muğla's Gulf of Gökova in the months of spring for incubation, propagation and learning to fly, become victims of electrical wires in the Akçapınar neighborhood, known as stork village. The Gökova area ...

Daily Sabah

Daily Sabah
Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:41:15 -0700

Surrounded by pine trees on the Gulf of Gökova, Akyaka, once a small fishing town, is the home of serene resorts. Akyaka is where you can find absolute peace with no traffic, no loud music and no noise. This magical town not only features organic foods ...

National Geographic

National Geographic
Sun, 10 May 2015 12:41:15 -0700

In early January 2011 Jeff Foster, a 55-year-old marine mammal expert from Seattle, arrived on the stony shore of a pristine bay near the small village of Karaca, situated in a corner of the Gulf of Gökova on Turkey's southwest coast. Just offshore was ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Sat, 06 Jun 2015 23:00:13 -0700

The Azmakhan Deluxe is a new, fittingly low-key hotel, with carved wooden ceilings and balconies, a Turkish bath and views over the Gulf of Gokova. Anatolian Sky Holidays is offering a week's stay from £626pp B&B, including flights and transfers, in ...

Fethiye Times

Fethiye Times
Mon, 12 Oct 2015 16:43:04 -0700

But Stanley is adamant that the Bodrum Cup is a tradition that should be supported and though he enjoys the international legs from Bodrum to Kalymnos (last year) and Leros to Yalikavak, he does look back with nostalgia for the race in the Gulf of ...

The Province (blog)

The Province (blog)
Mon, 01 Jun 2015 08:36:29 -0700

This section of the Turkish coastline called the Gulf of Gökova is surprisingly unpopulated. With nearly 78 Million people you'd think they would spread out everywhere but even at night there were very few lights twinkling in the distance. The water ...

Daily Sabah

Daily Sabah
Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:18:09 -0700

Surrounded by pine trees on the Gulf of Gökova, Akyaka, once a small fishing town, is the home of Akyaka Forest Camp that has both camping and RV facilities. Toilets, electricity and shops can also be found on the campsite. Listed as a cittaslow in ...


Mon, 08 Jun 2015 04:37:30 -0700

“The Turks are mad for this little seaside resort on the Gulf of Gökova… the pine forests, streams and sandy beaches certainly make for a superb natural setting.” There is an up-and-coming foodie scene here “based on unpretentious but imaginative home ...

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