Bodrum Area

Bodrum Area holidays

Hilly landscapes, whitewashed towns, and beautiful bays – Bodrum is a relaxing and stunning corner of Turkey, with charming resorts adored by sailors and beach-lovers alike. Plus, even though it’s a favourite with holidaymakers, the Bodrum region still has an authentic side, with traditional Turkish cuisine and incredible ancient ruins.

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Aurum Spa & Beach Resort

Akbuk, Bodrum Area

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  • Beachfront
  • Large lagoon-style outdoor pool
  • On-site waterpark
  • Sleek and stylish accommodation
  • Selection of restaurants and bars
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Titanic Deluxe Bodrum

Guvercinlik, Bodrum Area

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  • Stunning beachfront location
  • On-site waterpark with children's section
  • Fantastic range of bars and restaurants
  • Heavenly spa facilities
  • Sleek and stylish accommodation
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Language

Turkish

Currency

Turkish Lira

Time difference

+2hrs

Cost of a beer

£1.60 / 14 TL

3 course meal

£11 / 96 TL

Flight times

4.5hrs

Boats and beaches

Ancient Bodrum with its narrow streets and huge castle is the sailing centre of Turkey. Its buzzing marina is bordered by boutiques and restaurants. Meanwhile, nearby Gumbet offers beach life by day and party times by night. Elsewhere on the peninsula, there are dozens of long sandy coves.

Family fun

Bodrum has plenty of brilliant attractions for all ages. Children will love visiting the local waterparks while there are some thriving bazaars that the adults will enjoy exploring. And if you ever fancy relaxing, there will be plenty of time for sandcastle-building on the beaches.

Grand architecture

Once an important part of ancient Greece, the Bodrum area is so crammed with ruins that many haven’t even been excavated yet! One of the most impressive is a Greek theatre at Bodrum dating from the 2nd century BC.

Bodrum Area resorts

Altinkum

Friendly and unspoilt, you’ll stumble across a choice of three fabulous beaches and easy access to some of the world’s most important historical sites.

Gumbet

A lively destination with a gorgeous beach, Gumbet is full of sociable sunshine worshippers.

Akbuk

A cosy pick for a laid-back vibe, Akbuk is all about little beaches, shallow swells and tree-lined prettiness.

Guvercinlik

Colourful pops of blues and whites decorate this subtle, slow-paced resort.

Torba

Torba’s a traditional seaside village at its core, with a beautiful little beach and restaurants to feast in right by the shore.

Bodrum Resort

With a fine sea breeze swirling through the marina, Bodrum Resort blends warm weather with remarkable ancient and modern touches in an otherwise artistic town.

Turgutreis

The second-biggest town on the Bodrum peninsula, Turgutreis has a reputation for its fabulous, glitzy shopping streets and wowing sunsets, not to mention its unblemished golden-sand beaches.

Bitez

Olive groves and citrus plants colour the sun-freckled landscape here in Bitez. It’s a great place for lounging by the beach and totally unwinding.

Turkbuku

Join the jet set at this cosmopolitan, coastal hideaway, and you’ll soon see why this is Turkey’s answer to St Tropez.

Kusadasi

If you’re seeking solace in a place that’s as big on culture as it is on leisure, this is the spot.

Beaches

If you want to escape the crowds, there are various sloping beaches with coarse sands and wooden piers to swim from. But if you fancy unspoilt patches, Bodrum has you equally sorted. Take the kids somewhere calm and paddle-friendly – the region’s got plenty of sun-freckled plots to choose from.

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Altinkum Beach

Altinkum Beach

Altinkum, Bodrum Area

Altinkum translates as 'golden sands' - rather apt as the resort is split into 3 beach sections - 1st, 2nd and 3rd (yes, really!). 1st Beach is alongside a promenade packed with bars and eateries, and you can...
Bitez Beach

Bitez Beach

Bitez, Bodrum Area

A relaxing, sandy beach with sun-loungers and cafes that offer service you while you sunbathe. It’s a hotspot for water sports, which you can watch from the sands or join in yourself. Being one of the top...

Sights

Dominating almost every point in town, there’s an epic castle to check out, plus a ruined city. The more you unearth, the more you’ll see Bodrum as a historian’s dream. Wander among magnificent ancient temples and monuments, some two storeys high, and enjoy vast views from the top.

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Bodrum Castle

Bodrum Castle

Bodrum Resort, Bodrum Area

The castle overlooks the harbour and marina and was constructed by the Knights of Rhodes in the 15th century during the crusades. It’s open to the public and there are five towers to explore bearing nearly 250...
Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

Bodrum Resort, Bodrum Area

The ruins of the tomb of King Mausolos was once one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and was known and recorded by philosophers throughout history. It was unfortunately destroyed in 1304 AD due to a...

Activities

Old towns, stylish marinas and exclusive-looking buildings stretch across the region. If you fancy some sea breeze, take a day trip on one of the many gulets – wooden sailing ships moored all along the coast. Get active in waterparks and in the sea, or trudge around cool castles for extra culture.

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Turkish Baths

Eating and drinking

Look out for European, African and Western Asian touches on Bodrum’s menus. Besides fish, the local dishes are steak or chicken with potato, garlic and yoghurt sauce. Regional desserts are pastries stuffed with almonds and sesame seeds or semolina and ice cream. You’ll find chic places offering cuisine from around the globe.

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3S Beach Club

3S Beach Club

Bitez, Bodrum Area

Boasting a stunning private beach and lovely gardens that overlook their own sparkling swimming pool, you’ll find your own slice of heaven at this great resort. Their restaurant and bar overlooks the bay and...
Avlu Restaurant

Avlu Restaurant

Kusadasi, Bodrum Area

This restaurant has a glass-fronted courtyard with a relaxing atmosphere and serves drinks and such in fine silver decanters. Make sure to try the traditional Turkish cuisine produced in the open kitchen, such...

Shopping

Bodrum’s got it all. Check out its traditional high-end souvenirs. You’ll find beautiful carpets, leather goods, copper and bronze wares, and silver and gold jewellery. But you can also browse the designer fashion boutiques and high-quality outdoor shops that appeal to the jet-set and international sailing crowd.

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Saturday Market

Saturday Market

Altinkum, Bodrum Area

Didim's Saturday market is the place to find designer brands at a fraction of the designer prices. Be prepared to part with your cash as you check out the rows of shaded stalls packed with everything from...
Bitez Market

Bitez Market

Bitez, Bodrum Area

The weekly farmer’s market is held every Thursday and is a prime bargain-hunting spot for both locals and tourists. Take a wander around the bazaars to find great prices on loads of products – not only...

Nightlife

Gumbet is the hotspot when it comes to nightlife, thanks to its numerous clubs. Bodrum’s got all kinds of swanky, celebrity-graced clubs to check out, but if you’re after decent Turkish tipples and a sea view, almost any resort town will fit the bill, offering quayside drinks over unrivalled scenery.

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