Bardakçı Beach is 500 metres from Bodrum, and is the nearest bay and beach to Bodrum town centre. You can reach it by land or sea ? catch a boat from Bodrum Marina, or a Dolmus from Bodrum. Bardakçı is a small sandy beach, ringed by villa?s, houses and hotels, set between Bodrum Harbour and Gumbet.
The translation of Bardack is ?Cup?, and this bay was where the original inhabitants of Bodrum used to get their water from.
Bardakci is also known in ancient myth as the Bay of Salmacis, the place where, Hermaphroditus, the son of the god Hermes and the goddess Aphrodite fell in love with the water nymph Salmacis.
The spring where the nymph played now bubbles up in the sea making the water cool on the hottest of days.