Although it’s some way to Mazi, it’s well worth the 45-minute journey from Bodrum to get there.
On the road from Bodrum centre to the airport, immediately after Güvercinlik, look for the sign and turn right towards Mumcular. As you begin to get off the beaten track, tourism gives way to village life. For much of the 30km to Mazı, the road winds through the pine forest, there are glimpses of a spectacular sea view and you’ll likely come across village children running to greet passing vehicles and untethered farm animals grazing by the roadside.
The newly-built jetty is a hive of activity with boats and jeep safari tours coming and going. Mazi opens up a whole new world of flavours, with freshly-caught fish and seafood cooked using traditional techniques, and mezes prepared with the finest local olive oil and home-grown vegetables and salad.
In the mornings, fishermen return to the beach after the night’s fishing and around 10am you can choose from sokkan (sea bream), orfoz and lağoz (grouper), barbun (red mullet), çipura (gilt-head bream), levrek (sea bass), kefal (grey mullet), mezgit (whiting), akya (leer fish) - and anything else hauled up in the nets.