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Bodrum wins the title of “Saint Tropez of Turkey” by NYTimes magazine.Today, Bodrum is one of the most important centers of trade, art and entertainment as it has been since centuries ago… This coastal town in which traditional and modern life go along hand in hand in an excellent harmony opens it arms for those who want to be acquainted with her and live her.

Bodrum Peninsula - Bodrum Travel Guide

Read Travel Guide with information about where to visit,  where to stay and what to do in Bodrum, Turkey.

It became a popular area especially for the British nationals. Bodrumknown in the ancient times as Halicarnassus which was the capital of Caria, was the birthplace of Herodotus and the site of King Mausolous’ Tomb (4th century B.C.), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

As a peninsula, Bodrum is naturally surrounded by beaches. From packed Gumbet beach to quiet, hidden coves, there’s a beach for everyone on the peninsula. Gumbet beach has coarse sand, while other beaches range from sandy to stony.

With so much to see and doBodrum is a brilliant destination to visit and you will certainly enjoy all that this wonderful Turkish city has to offer.

Bodrum has grown dramatically in recent years with the opening of an international airport yet its delightful charm remains intact with palm lined streets and whitewashed, flat roofed houses dotted across its terraced hillsides. The views of the city are exceptionally striking against the stunning backdrop of the Castle of St.Peter, which stands formidably between the city’s twin bays. It is even more spectacular in the summer as Bodrum bursts into colour with cascades of bright pink and purple bougainvillea flowing from the dazzling white houses that line its narrow streets, winding down towards the sea.

Bodrum is also the yachting centre of Turkey and its world class marina is a favourite destination for yachts that cruise the Aegean and the Mediterranean. It is an excellent place from which to organise a sailing trip with a vast number of sailing companies who provide for all levels of sailing experience.

Another major attraction of Bodrum is its buzzing cafes, restaurants and shops, as well as its wealth of trendy and sophisticated nightlife.

Bodrum has accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets dotted in and around its pretty town centre, but the quietest places to stay are in the west of town and in the hills towards the east.

Bodrum has accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets dotted in and around its pretty town centre, but the quietest places to stay are in the west of town and in the hills towards the east.

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Things to Do and See in Bodrum

Bodrum offers both history and a thriving present-day life. Once the ancient city of Halicarnassus, by the late Ottoman era, Bodrum had turned into a simple fishing village, but all that changed in the 1940s when tourism entered the fold. Now during summer, this town buzzes with energy as tourists come from all over the world to soak up Bodrum’s charm. Find out more about the must-see places in Bodrum.


Gumbet is the closest beach to Bodrum just 10 minutes away by car and is very popular with holidaymakers, many of whom choose to stay here close to the beach and venture into Bodrum at night. Its long sandy beach is lined with hotels and pensions which attract many young people and watersports enthusiasts with its large windsurfing school and diving courses.


Gumusluk is very popular for its secluded setting. It is a very pleasant place to stay with its unspoilt scenery, long sand and gravel beach and a handful of excellent fish restaurants perched right on the sea front. Also, if you walk towards the south end of the beach, you will also be able to swim very close to some of the ruins, making it the perfect spot for snorkelling.


Bitez lies on a bay, a few kilometres west from Bodrum, attracting an older, more upmarket crowd. The gently sloping coarse sand beach has wooden piers for swimming and is lined with whitewashed hotels and resort villas, whilst also host to a popular windsurfing and sailing school. Its sheltered cove and shallow water are perfect for beginners. Backed by lush tangerine orchards, Bitez is perfect for those who want to escape the crowds.


A sophisticated new marina adorns the waterfront at Turgutreis, complete with exclusive cafes, restaurants and boutiques, as well as a host of new bars and discos. Its beach is very popular with families because the sea is shallow for quite a way out, making it safer for young children. For a more peaceful alternative to the main beach, there is also a long and sandy beach near the lighthouse on the way towards Akyarlar.


Turkbuku is one of Bodrum’s best kept secrets with its array of exclusive hotels, excellent sea front restaurants situated on wooden piers and trendy bars that burst into life after sunset. By day, its beach front cafes and hotels are havens for the jet set, with fantastic views of the beautiful bay and wooden platforms dotted with sophisticated sun loungers from which to swim.


You can reach Ortakent from the main highway west of Bodrum and it is very popular with Turkish families. Its two kilometre long beach is considered by many to be one of the best on the peninsula and is dotted with several restaurants, motels and some unique tower houses.

When is the best time to go to Bodrum?

From May until October the temperatures are warm and great for visiting the beach, but bear in mind that the hottest months are July and August, when the city’s population nearly doubles due to the influx of visitors!

  • Here’s some information to help you in your decision:
  • The best months for good weather in Bodrum are April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November
  • On average, the warmest months are July, August and September
  • Bodrum has dry periods in June, July and August
  • The coldest months are January and February
  • The rainiest months are January and December
  • The best months for swimming are June, July, August, September and October

The night life of Bodrum is something very special. Even Turks will rank Bodrum after Istanbul as number 2. Bodrum probably has more bars per area than other places in Turkey, appealing to all tastes. Among them are intimate seaside cafes with magnificent views of the illuminated castle


Gulet Cruises in Bodrum

Bodrum gulet cruise is a unique experience. What makes this style of seafaring holiday are not only the destinations you can reach but also the yacht selection offered. From gulet charter to motor yachts and bareboats, there is the right type of vessel for you to enjoy your vacation at sea. Bodrum is located on the Southern coast of Turkey in the breathtaking Aegean sea. It’s central point is an advantage to many favorable destination spots. You can either venture west and continue along the Caria coast or down south to the many amazing Greek Islands found in the Dodecanese, Cyclades, Ionian or Sporades. Should you decide to head east, then an exceptional blue cruise travel can be expected, to places such as the lively city of Marmaris, the charming town of Gocek or exciting harbor city of Fethiye, will present a great deal of advantages in seeing the many different cultures all within the Turkish coast.

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