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Cooking Holiday in Turkey

Learn Turkish cuisine from an accomplished local cook, with all lessons translated in English in a friendly, homely and creative atmosphere. Gokpinar's mountain top views and construction of local stone create beautiful locations for every meal. Shopping at the local markets offers the best of food, clothing, kitchen goods and many other items for daily Turkish life. One of the most enjoyable aspects of any foreign travel is the food! Turkish cuisine brings you rich flavours and the wonderful smells and colours of fresh foods to delight your senses, body and soul. Enjoy Turkish coffee and learn how to make it.


  • Daily cooking classes
  • Hands-on classes with daily meals
  • Learn how to make more than 10 recipes
  • Visits to the beach, local market, Bodrum city center
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Unlimited tea, coffee, water
  • 3 nights accommodation


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Turkish
Airport transfer available:
Milas–Bodrum Airport (US$82 per person)
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Our house is newly redecorated, but its life and foundation is as a traditional village house. Here, we provide 6 bright, airy bedrooms, sharing 2 bathrooms, providing 24-hour hot water service. Our roof is covered with a nomadic style tent for relaxing and sleeping under stars. The land surrounding our hilltop house has spectacular views, and the treehouses and garden rooms are ideal for a great sleep in the natural delights of the Turkish countryside.

Our comfortable, airy guest rooms have great views of the countryside. We decorated in Turkish style, with kilims created locally covering our floors and walls. Double and single beds are available. We invite you to stay with us at Gokpinar Retreat Center, a place with the special, warm welcome of Turkish hospitality!


Gokpinar Retreat Center is located on the Aegean Coast of Turkey. We are located on a hilltop, surrounded by gorgeous views of rolling countryside and a traditional Turkish village. The center is twenty minutes drive from Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV), and we are only 15 minutes drive from some of the best beaches of the area.

Nearby places

  • Bodrum city center, 38 kilometers
  • Guvercinlik beach, 13 kilometers


Everyone will enjoy the many kinds of organic vegetables we grow in our own garden. Some of our guests choose to relax by gardening with us! Afterwards, there is always the chance to pick fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, corn, beans, squash, melons, and other fruits. We have several kinds of fruit trees, and watermelon is a refreshing treat for us all summer!

Olive trees are the main source of income in our village. Every October, we collect olives and use the traditional ways to make pure, delicious olive oil. Green olives are also prepared here for eating. We use beef, chicken, fish and lamb in our wonderful Turkish cuisine. Vegetarians are not the only ones happy here!

Because Gokpinar is surrounded by scented pine woods, our village produces honey that is naturally dark and richly flavoured. Perfect for breakfast or as a snack with cay, delicious, traditional Turkish tea. Gokpinar does not produce its own wine, but there is very nice regional wines available from nearby Aegean villages. Turkey is also famous for Raki, an anise-flavored liquor that will give you another taste of our culture.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Gokpinar translates in English as sky and spring. We are fortunate to live above a mountain valley refreshed by clean, natural springs. Take a lovely walk through the village to visit the spring, where many of our village neighbours make their gardens. Gokpinar is a little corner of the real Turkey that ordinary tourists never see - a beautiful, ancient and peaceful land. If you are looking for peace and tranquillity in natural, unspoilt surroundings, Gokpinar is the perfect place for you.

Enjoy the lovely and relaxing view from our treehouse. Exercise in peaceful quiet place, enjoy live traditional music, enjoy a day on a gulet in nearby bays, enjoy the occasional party with villagers or go to village weddings. Take a walk, ride a horse, we enjoy bringing our books and music to the spring, to sit under the ancient cinar trees. Dance when you feel like it. Find peaceful areas to relax and be with yourself. Visit nearby beaches, enjoy open air Jacuzzi, enjoy adventurous rides to nearby sites and Nomadic life experience.

Additional activities with extra fee

  • Basket and wooden spoon making classes
  • Bellydancing classes
  • Carpet weaving classes
  • Nomadic journeys
  • Sufi
  • Yoga classes

Optional tours

Boat trip: Included are lunch on board, afternoon tea and fruit service. The tour starts at 11:00. We visit 5 different bays through the day and the Black Island, famous for its hot springs. In the bays, you will also have chance to swim in the azure waters of the Aegean. We will be back to Bodrum at 18:00. The cost is 25 EUR / 35 USD.

Ferryboat to Cos (Greek Island): The tour includes return ferry ticket plus port tax. Departures everyday. Back to Bodrum at 17:00. The cost is 30 EUR / 40 USD.

Ephesus tour: Includes professional, English-speaking guide, air-conditioned luxury coach, all entrance fees, and open buffet lunch. The tour starts 7:00 , for a 2-hour bus drive to Ephesus and the house of the Virgin Mary. We will be back to Bodrum in the evening. The cost is 35 EUR / 50 USD.

Spa treatments

Turkish Bath trip: This trip includes sauna, scrub, soap massage, oil massage, transfer from your hotel. Relax in turkish bath and enjoy your massage on marble platform. The cost is 30 EUR / 45 USD.

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Daily cooking classes
  • Free tea and coffee service all day

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV).

Turkish airlines and other airlines fly all year around to Bodrum via Istanbul. There are charter flights between May and October from Europe and the United Kingdom.


  • Didyma, 120 kilometers
  • Ephesus, 180 kilometers
  • Euromos, 42 kilometers
  • Iassos, 40 kilometers
  • Istanbul - 45 minutes flight
  • Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV) - 30 minutes driving
  • Pamukkale, 220 kilometers
Airport: Milas–Bodrum Airport Airport transfer available: Milas–Bodrum Airport (US$82 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 45% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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