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Bodrum Hotels and Apartments
Bodrum is a region set on the southern coast of the Bodrum Peninsula in the Mugla Province, in the south-west of Turkey. Once a small and quiet fishing village, Bodrum is now a thriving town and one of Turkey's most popular holiday destinations. You are guaranteed to make unforgettable memories on your Bodrum holiday.
Sun, sea and a bit of history
Bodrum sees more than a million tourists enjoy their holiday there each year. Its stunning beaches, spectacular hotels and lively clubs make it the ideal destination to suit holiday-goers of all ages. Bodrum Town boasts a magnificent castle and paired with its impressive marina and white-washed buildings scattered with vibrant cafes, you are sure to find little pockets of peace and tranquillity in the town if you are in need of additional relaxation.
Wonders of the World
Bodrum is home to two of the original World Wonders. One being the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and the other being the remains of the Temple of Artemis at the huge Greek and Roman city of Ephesus. These popular sights can get busy, so for a more peaceful visit to the ruins, take the boat tour to the nearby Datca peninsula.
Things to do in Bodrum
On the beach in Bodrum
There are numerous bays and hidden coves around the Bodrum Peninsula including Bitez, Gümbet, Torba and Turgutreis. The beaches are spotless and clean and you can sunbathe all day, listening to the sound of the waves and diving into the cool waters. If water sports is what you’re looking for, you can go to Bitez or Gümbet for surfing, sailing and parasailing.
Take care in the sun and pack plenty of high factor sun cream. During the summer the average temperature can exceed 30 degrees Celsius.
Eat and drink in Bodrum
Visiting Bodrum gives you the perfect opportunity to indulge in all kinds of delicious food. You can taste various popular cuisines here.
Bodrum restaurants offer everything from traditional Turkish cuisine to modern-day dishes from the West. In Turkey, dinner typically begins with drinks, followed by a "meze" mix of Turkish starters.
You will find many places serving Turkish food, and you are never too far away from a shish or a döner kebab. The fish served in Bodrum restaurants is second to none. The octopus and squid are particularly delicious.
Fit in with the locals and enjoy small doses of Raki – the strong alcoholic spirit and also Turkey’s national drink.
Nightlife in bodrum
People from all over the world love Bodrum for its pulsating nightlife. Bodrum nights begin just before the sun sets and they continue until the early hours of the morning. Take your pick from a number of clubs that offer live music including Jazz and Turkish folk music.
Small, intimate seaside cafes, with lovely views of the illuminated castle blend in with the busy street side bars playing the latest hits. Some hotels in Bodrum hold their own Turkish nights, where belly dancers are swinging their hips to the sound of the instruments played by the local musicians.
Visit Bodrum Castle or the Ancient Theatre for musical concerts by Turkey’s most famous musicians. It is recommended that you book tickets before your holiday to make sure you don’t miss out!
Shopping in Bodrum
Head down to the marina and shop 'till you drop exploring the great range of goods that Bodrum has to offer. The main road is packed with little boutiques selling the latest beachwear as well as plenty of local ceramics, carpets and jewellery. For more craft shopping, make a beeline to the quaint and narrow pedestrian backstreets behind the castle. Bodrum Market takes place next to the bus station and should be your first port of call if you wish to haggle for traditional Turkish goods with the locals. Every Tuesday this bustling marketplace is dedicated to textiles with a huge variety of bags and clothing on offer. Friday’s market is transformed into a colourful feast of fresh, local foods.
Bodrum has several malls where you can choose from a variety of different shops, restaurants and entertainment venues such as cinemas and bowling alleys – great fun if you need a little break from the sun.
Always haggle for a better price on your goods. In Bodrum you can grab some great quality clothing items by labelled designers, it is a bargain hunter’s paradise!
Things to see in Bodrum
The symbol of the region, Bodrum Castle is a fantastic way to begin your sightseeing experience. During the Crusades of The Middle Ages, the castle was built by the Knights of Rhodes and was named The Castle of St. Petrus. Some of the castle walls are built from the remains of the Mausoleum of Mausolus which collapsed during an earthquake. If you are interested in museums, the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology and the Bodrum Maritime Museum are perfect for you.
The Bodrum Antique Theatre dates from the reign of King Mausolus. Today, The Bodrum Antique Theatre hosts many open air concerts, dances and shows in July and August.
Top Tip: All museums in Turkey are closed on Mondays.
For delicious food and friendly service, head to Liman Koftecisi on the strip of cafés along the waterfront and enjoy a Kebab and other Turkish dishes. With the traditional blue and white décor, this restaurant is not one to be missed.
Halikarnas is the legendary club of Bodrum and is known to be one of the best clubs in the world with its spectacular location, world class entertainment, shows, and booming atmosphere. You will witness shows with amazing sound systems, LED lighting, water screens and crazy costume.
Bodrum Jazz Festival
Bodrum Jazz Festival is a free line-up of sunset concerts, staged with stunning views at the marina's yacht club featuring a variety of both up-and-coming and well-known jazz musicians.
· Currency – Turkish Lira (YTL) and EURO (EUR)
· Time zone – GMT +2 hours (GMT +3 in summer)
· Travel time – London Gatwick (LGW) to Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV) – 3h 55 min, Dublin (DUB) to Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV) – 7h 25 min (connecting flights only)
· Transfer time – Approximately 30 minutes, around 110 Turkish Lira/ 45 EURO