Çökterme Cove is either the first or last stop of the Blue Cruise boats that leave from Bodrum and is an indispensable stopping point. Çökertme Beach is a small district of the village of Gökbel and is like handmade lace work. Çökterme has a very clean sand beach for swimming and has many coves that are suitable for yachts to spend the night.
Since there is no convenient road for vehicles the cove is more easily reached by sea. So far, not much construction work been done here.
If you go to Çökertme do not neglect to walk to the top of the hill where you have views over the Gulf of Gökova. Fe by boat or other visitors travel in vehicles up to the village of Gökbel and leave them there. The only vehicle that could travel on the steep and tree lined trail is a tractor. You can have a tractor ride to near the top but then even a tractor can do no more and the bouncy trip ends. From here, after a 20 minutes walk, you get to the roof of Gökova. On the summit, which is called Sivri Kümes (Pointed Coup) there is a 180 degrees view. In clear weather in particular you have a whole view of the gulf. On the top of Sivri Kümes you get the feeling of time having been frozen with the anchored boats in the Fesleğen Bükü (Inlet), Çökterme Koyu (cove), Arpa Bükü, Kargılı Bükü and the liman (port). The only thing you can buy from the village, which is hidden behind the hills so it could be protected from pirate raids in older times and lies amidst the Mediterranean vegetation scented with the fragrance of local herbs, are the famed Milas carpets.
How to get there?
You can catch minibuses that leave from Milas to Kemerköy every half an hour. After you travel the 45 kilometres to Kemerköy you can take a taxi to Çökertme, another nine kilometres away. Otherwise, from the shores of Gökova after Akyaka there is a dirty, dusty rough and primitive road that takes you there. For those who come from Bodrum it is possible to come through Mumcular, the villages of Yeniköy and Mazı before getting to Gökbel and then on to the Çökterme coastline. These roads are more suitable for vehicles such as jeeps. When you go to Sivri Kümes do not forget to wear walking shoes and a hat and pack some water. If you are wearing a pair of shorts do not forget that the hill is covered with spiky weeds.
Important note: As soon as the boats show up on the horizon of Çökterme to spend the night speed boats from the restaurants draw next to them and insist on tourists coming to dine in their restaurants. Choose the restaurant where you are going to eat by seeing it and negotiate prices ahead!