You’ll have a brilliant time in Bodrum! The town and its surrounds feature all that’s amazing about Turkey, including fascinating ancient ruins, a charming marina and of course, a sizzling climate. And you can turn the temperature up even further if you venture from Bodrum to Gumbet. This local beach resort has an inviting strip of golden sand and an all-action nightlife scene. Altinkum is a little more laid back, which makes it just perfect for enjoying the curving coastline that makes up the three beaches here. Turgutreis also has a pretty little marina lined with bars and restaurants that look out on an amazing azure seafront dotted with Greek Islands to the west.
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.
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.
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.
The Bodrum peninsula is located in south west Turkey, on the idyllic Aegan coastline. The area is served by Milas-Bodrum Airport, some 36 kilometres away from the city of Bodrum.