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Sandima Village

Sandima Village


Sandima, 600 Years Old Abandoned Village Of Bodrum

Life N' History .    /    2019
Sandima Köyü, Yalıkavak / 48400
Bodrum / Mugla / Turkey
37° 05' 09.23" N 27° 17'59.76" E
Sandima Village

Sandima Village, which is based on a 600-year history, has been built with agriculture and livestock farming made on the slopes, by the time mountain and plateau settlement is preferred to the settlement of the seaside.


The region’s only Turkmen village from the Ottoman era. Today there are around 80 (eighty) abandoned houses.

The main reason for the abandonment of the village and the settlement on the seashore is that citrus cultivation and its products in this region have gained more value than agricultural products over the years and citrus gardens have been shown to be easier to plant on flat land beside the mountainous area, but trade and fisherries are also seen to be a major fact.

As a result of the accelerated migration in 1940 - 1970, today Yalıkavak was born and the village was completely abandoned.

Yalikavak is mentioned among the rumors that the village residents gave the name "Yalikavak" because of the abundance of poplar trees on the beach in Aegean Region.

When you visit Sandima Village today, you can see some of the houses that have been destroyed under the vegetation, you can witness how the nature can erase the traces of human and renew itself.

Do not return without seeing the pictures and the magnificient house of İsmail and Nurten couple who have done everything with their own hands and converted their house to ‘’Nuris Art House’’. Of course you can get unmatched information about the history of the village from Ismail, there is no better encyclopedia than him who has lived there for 14 years.

Sandima is easily accessible from Yalikavak (market place / municipal building) and via Kayacık Caddesi. The end of the road is Sandima Village.
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