Imagine crystal-clear Mediterranean waters of deep turquoise transforming to midnight blue. Imagine a crescent of sugar cube houses piled up the rocky hillside beneath a clear sunny sky. Imagine lines of hotels stretching out like giant arms along the coast in both directions as far as the eye can see. This is Bodrum, Turkey’s party playground, a town where you can chill out during the day and dance all night.
A sense of history
Just beside Bodrum harbour, the Castle of St Peter was built by the crusading Knights of St John in the 15th century. There’s the fascinatingly unique Museum of Underwater Archaeology inside too. The town’s other sight is the remains of the Mausoleum – the one that gave its name to all the others forever afterwards. Built as a tomb for King Mausolus of the Carians in the 4th century BC by it was so magnificent it became one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Exploring the area
Beyond Bodrum, its surrounding area invites you onwards with a collection of coastal resorts. For instance, Gumbet is a great place to party thanks to a huge selection of open-air bard and clubs. On the other hand, you could always aim for Altinkum. Here, you’ll enjoy the relaxed pace of three golden sandy beaches and a contrasting bustling market place at the nearby town of Didim.