Beautiful Bodrum is located on Turkey’s balmy south-west coast, and this Bodrum area guide will clarify why it is so famous.
Celebrities from film and T.V. have earned Bodrum a reputation to match St Tropez. Many tourists and holiday-homeowners flock to the area because of its natural beauty, glorious coves, and rich history, as well as its vibrant nightlife.
Bodrum hot spots
While Bodrum attracts the trendy, it also has a laid-back vibe that attracts tourists. There’s a marina full of stunning yachts, historical places to visit, and picturesque old whitewashed houses to photograph. When is the best time to visit Turkey? Anytime of the year!
Sightseeing in Bodrum
The Castle of St Peter in Kale Sokak is a popular tourist attraction. The castle was a gift to Turkey, and a mosque was constructed inside during the Ottoman reign of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent. Many of the castle’s large halls now contain exhibits from Bodrum’s Museum of Underwater Archaeology. The Glass Wreck Hall, which shows a 16-metre ship that sank in 1025 AD, is a must-see attraction at this museum.
In Bodrum, yachting is a common pastime, and the marina is filled with yachts offering day trips to islands and secret coves. Travel to the Otogar, where Dolmus (minibuses) frequently depart, and visit one of the beautiful seaside villages surrounding Bodrum. You can also explore more of Turkey from this coach station.
Beaches in Bodrum
The best beaches are just south of Bodrum’s city limits. Ortakent, Yalikavak, Gumusluk, and Bagla are just a few of them.
Ortakent is surrounded by market gardens and is an ideal destination for a family vacation with older children. Wakeboarding, kayaking, and sailing are among the watersports available at the beach. The Bodrum peninsula is littered with beautiful coves and bays, so renting a boat to find your private beach is necessary.
Shopping in Bodrum
Shoppers will fall in love with Bodrum because of its comprehensive shopping choices. There is a wide range to choose from, ranging from high-end products to weekly markets. To the west of Bodrum Castle is the Milta Marina Shopping Centre, brimming with designer clothing. If your wallet won’t stretch to the real thing, head to Bodrum Market for fake designer wear.
In fact, according to a recent article, high profile celebrities visit one of the markets specialising in leather goods known as super fakes because they are so meticulously made to look like the real thing. Try the Old Town, which is situated just behind the St. Peter’s Castle, for trendy boutiques.
Restaurants in Bodrum
Dining out is big business in Turkey now that the economy is booming. Take a trip to Türkbükü, on the north side of the peninsula above Bodrum, witnessed the country’s wealthy shopping spree. There are plenty of ultra-trendy waterfront restaurants to choose from. The Kocadon Restaurant, set in a charming cobblestone courtyard, is a truly idyllic place.
Visit the Limon Café for local, delicious Turkish food in a rural setting with great views for a more hippie vibe. A trip to Turkey isn’t complete without a kebab, and the best place to get one is along the waterfront in Bodrum City.
The overwhelming array of clubs available in Bodrum would delight clubbers. Try Halikarnas, an open-air supper club and celebrity hangout with a restaurant designed by Jade Jagger, for the more discerning tourist.
A must-visit is to the five-star Kempinski Barbaros Bay, a lofty and supremely peaceful retreat 20 minutes from the town of Bodrum. Try a traditional Turkish hammam or pamper yourself with a facial or massage.
There are numerous boat trips to choose from, but we suggest that you book ahead of time during the summer months because it can get hectic.
How do you reach Bodrum?
International flights from around the globe will fly into Bodrum Airport, Milas–Bodrum Airport BJV. It’s only a 30-minute drive from the airport to the centre of Bodrum.