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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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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 ...

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, 20 Mar 2015 13:48:45 -0700

Surrounded by pine trees on the Gulf of Gökova, Akyaka, once small fishing town, is a holiday paradise with its award-winning houses with wooden balconies. Listed as a cittaslow in 2010, Akyaka is where you can find absolute peace with no traffic, no ...
New Zealand Herald
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:04:49 -0700

It stretches from Bodrum and Karpuzlu, by the Aegean Sea in the west, around the Gulf of Gokova, to Icmeler, by the Mediterranean in the south-east. The new trail is already hot on the heels of the Lycian Way, Turkey's most popular long-distance walk ...

Scotsman (blog)

Scotsman (blog)
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:30:00 -0700

We visited the fascinating little island of Sedir in the Gulf of Gokova, where, legend says, Cleopatra had sand from north Africa transported so she could swim at the perfect beach. Locals are so protective of the sand you have to wash it off your feet ...

Superyacht Times

Superyacht Times
Tue, 06 May 2014 00:46:21 -0700

Also known as the Gulf of Gökova and Gulf of Kerme, the area is a narrow strip of sea, approximately 100 km in length leading eastwards, with the island of Kos at its westernmost entry. With its long, pristine and diverse coastline, which has, to date ...

New York Magazine

New York Magazine
Thu, 02 May 2013 13:18:30 -0700

02 Sep 2010, Venice, Italy --- Naomi Campbell and boyfriend Vladimir Doronin attend the premiere of movie "miral" during the 67th Venice Film Festival. --- Image by ? Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis Photo: Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis. After five years of ...
South China Morning Post
Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:18:56 -0800

Tucked into Turkey's westernmost tip, the Turquoise Coast - an evocative but accurate metaphor - stretches along the Aegean Sea. From Dalaman on the banks of the Dalyan River to Antalya's eastern shores, the coastline is scattered with enchanting ...

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