Monday, July 26, 2010

Sitting on Top of the World - Geris Village

I have a special fondness for views and certain panoramas inspire me to write, paint, meditate or drink...  The prospect from Panorama Pasanda Restaurant at the peak of Geris village, is one of those that begs for an indulgence. Last year, my sister-in-law implored us to go see the sunset and the moon rise simultaneously, over Yalikavak.  There was a storm  and it was impossible to sit outside so we dined on the upper floor of the building along with another group - their only other customers.  The view was so memorable that I don't even recall what I had to eat.  Mehmet promised to bring me back here under better weather conditions and tonight he made good on that promise.

Reaching the restaurant is half the fun.  When you see a sign that reads 'Geris', on the road leading to Gumusluk out of Yalikavak, you take a left to wind up a steep hill with hairpin turns.  At the top, you reach a picturesque village that feels like a page out of a story book; I was told most of its new inhabitants are artists, this is easy to believe.  I think this place would inspire even the most pragmatic individual.  The photographs I took were by no means an attempt at being artistic but just an outcome of my circumstances, my husband does not like to stop until we get to our final destination.

This is the grocery store at the village square where we asked for directions. When I wanted to take a picture, the owner, apologetically mentioned that it was more beautiful two weeks ago. I think this must be the most beautiful 'Bakkal' (Grocery Store) I have ever seen. The restaurant turned out to be right around the corner, a little further up the hill.

We got there just when dusk was settling in and the whole landscape was beginning to be engulfed in a purplish red tint.  In our front row seats for this spectacle, we were like perched eagles overlooking the valley.

The mezes we had were all prepared perfectly, the service very good, the view magnificent - I can't wait to go back.  This place is a must for anyone visiting the area.

Website (In Turkish)
Eski Okul Sokak No. 80
Geris Koyu (Village)
Yalikavak - Bodrum
Tel: 0252 385 3473
       0532 235 0515

If you want to see for yourself what is in store for you, check out the Panorama view from the restaurant's website


  1. I would like to use an excerpt of this blog post on my blog:

    I haven't been go Geris, but have driven past the turn off to it many times on my way between Yalikavak and Gumusluk.

    If you would allow me to feature some of your content, along with a photo - that would be much appreciated.

    thanks, Jay

  2. No problem, the more the merrier...
    I have lots of other photographs, I forward to you if you like, just let me know.

  3. Hi Sedef -- it would be great to use some of your photo's. It is great to see another blogger who is writing about the same places I'm interested in.

    If I use any of your content as an excerpt on my blog - I will include a hyperlink back to your blog.

    thanks, Jay

    You can contact me through my site, or my facebook page Roving Jay.


    Hi Sedef -- you're Geris guest post excerpt has been featured on my blog. It's an edited version of this post. Let me know if you have more Bodrum tales to share.

    thanks for collaborating with me ... Jay

  5. I have to still write a story or two from this summer, so we'll see...