Bodrum, one of the prettiest resorts in the Aegean, this popular resort attracts a great many foreign holidaymakers but still retains its Turkish character. It is one of Turkey’s most vibrant holiday locations. Bodrum is a bustling, sophisticated and cosmopolitan resort, with whitewashed houses, and narrow streets that wind there way down to the sea below.
You will find daily boat excursions on offer near the harbour, the tour boats will take you to nearby beaches and islands for fun days out.
Built around two bays and dominated by the imposing 15th century St. Peters castle there is no doubt why Bodrum attracts so many visitors every year. The castle is home to the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, a trip through the castle is a must this fascinating museum has many artefacts taken from ships that have sunk some dating back to the 16th century.
The remains of The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus might be of interest to some of you dating back to around 353BC. It was built by Mausolus’s wife Artemisia as a tribute to her dead husband; it is now an open air museum and can easily be reached by dolmus.
You will enjoy strolling through the narrow streets, browsing in the shops, perhaps making a purchase of jewellery, leather goods, ceramics or even a carpet! In the new marina area you will find shops and charming boutiques, some with well known labels. Bodrum market held on Tuesdays is always enjoyable and you may pick up a bargain.
The resort has only one small narrow beach and many people opt to take the 10 minute dolmus ride to nearby Gumbet or one of the other small beach resorts around the coastline. Gumbet has good watersport opportunities if you are seeking a more active holiday.
You may prefer to stop in Bodrum soak up the holiday atmosphere at one of the pavement cafes while watching the fishermen selling their daily catch, the yachts and small fishing boats in the harbour, relax and just enjoy the views.
The waters around Bodrum are ideal for snorkelling and diving, expert tuition and guidance is available at the resort. The lifestyle here is relaxed you will find chic waterfront café/bars, some of the restaurants serve food until late. You will find the streets are a mass of people when the sun goes down, shopping or dining out. There are many lively music bars and smart nightspots for your evening entertainment where you can dance until daybreak!
If you are looking for a quiet holiday resort you should perhaps avoid Bodrum in the high season! The end of May, June or September will be more suitable for you. If you need more information on Gumbet refer to our holiday site.
There are coastal cruises to Ephesus and Pamukkale (see the fantastic limestone formations) as well as some beautiful bays along the way.
Bodrum has much to offer its visitors it is a unique holiday destination