Bodrum Travel Guide

Introduction to Bodrum

Favourably situated on Turkey’s beautiful Aegean Coast, Bodrum is an immensely popular and attractive resort which, despite being developed extensively with tourists in mind, still retains its old-world Turkish charm. The town has a multitude of ancient sites waiting to be discovered, and you’ll also find picturesque scenes of traditional wooden sailing boats in the harbour and white windmills adorning the hillsides. Party central in the summer but more low-key during the winter, hotels in Bodrum cater for all your holiday needs while the city is a great place to experience traditional Turkey alongside the lively nightlife and the huge range of activities offered by modern resorts.

Other things to do in Bodrum

Bodrum has several archaeological sites and monuments worthy of a visit, none more so than the ancient hillside theatre, which, as well as its intrinsic historical interest, also offers wonderful views over the harbour and its imposing castle. The Myndos Gate is another impressive sight, thought to date back to 4th century BC, to the reign of King Mausolus (who gives his name to the term ‘mausoleum’ after his famous tomb here).

Bodrum is renowned for its watersports, offering a huge array including wind-surfing, jet skiing and scuba diving, as well as two water parks. It’s also a great place to go shopping, and bargain hunters will enjoy haggling with the local shop owners to secure the best prices. Whether you’re after a pair of Bodrum’s famous leather sandals or souvenirs to take home for friends and family, you’re sure to find something suitable in a Bodrum bazaar or boutique.

For an authentic Turkish experience, be sure to pay a visit to the hamam, or Turkish Bath. Not far from the harbour, the bath is divided into separate areas for men and women, and is guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed and cleansed from top to toe

Eating and drinking in Bodrum

Since Bodrum is by the sea, it comes as little surprise that the seafood dishes on offer here are excellent. More conservative tastes are catered for by a range of western European restaurants, as well as Chinese and Indian, while a popular local dish is the pide or Turkish pizza. If romance is on the cards, head for Restaurant Alley, a delightful street atmospherically decorated with lanterns and vines, and prepare to be serenaded by local musicians whilst you dine in a traditional Turkish restaurant. Alternatively, treat yourself to a meal at the Marina Yacht Club and enjoy fine Turkish cuisine and wonderful marina views.

Bodrum climate

Bodrum enjoys good weather all year round, though summer temperatures can sometimes exceed 40 degrees Celsius, which may be uncomfortable if you don’t like heat. The summer is dry, but heavy rain showers can be expected during November to April.

When to go to Bodrum

Visit between April and October for the most comfortable weather, but avoid July and August unless you’re in search of serious heat. February is a pleasant time to visit both from the point of view of the weather and the blossoming of almond trees and wild flowers.

Flying to Bodrum

Charter flights to Bodrum are run by a number of European airlines and land at Bodrum-Milas Airport, which is 35km from Bodrum and connected to the town by a shuttle bus service and private taxis, both of which can be booked online in advance of your trip.

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