Bodrum is one of the most popular holiday resorts in Turkey, attracting large number of Turkish and foreign tourists. The area offers a holiday experience for all budgets, however it is a well preferred resort with the high society and the royal families from all around world. As well staying at the hotels, many choose to visit Bodrum by luxurious yachts. Due to the landscape of the resort, Bodrum is ideal for blue cruising.
The nightlife in Bodrum is one of the best in Turkey. We would advice you to try some of the nighclubs and bars available in Bodrum.
Population131,000 people live in Bodrum permanently, however the population increases greatly during summer months.
Climate - Weather in BodrumBodrum offers Aegean and mediterranean climate. The weather is warm, however as Bodrum is a peninsula, it is windy.
High SeasonBeginning of June until the end of September
Famous For- Bodrum Castle
- Bodrum Antique Theatre
- Nightlife and Clubs
- Low-rise whitewashed Bodrum houses
Things to Do in Bodrum- Enjoy the many beaches available in Bodrum. You might also try the beach clubs mainly located in Turkbuku
- Visit Bodrum castle, where you can enjoy stunning views over the Bodrum peninsula
- Try the fish restaurants located in Gumusluk
- Take a daily boat tour to visit the close by bays and beaches
- Go to a concert at the Bodrum Antique Theatre or Bodrum castle
Top Tips for Bodrum- There are many hotels available in Bodrum. If you search well, you can find some with bargain prices. If you are planning to travel in May or September, you can get a lot cheaper prices compared to the high season.
- Choose a centrally located hotel. The distances between resorts in Bodrum are very long. If you would like to avoid long bus or minibus journeys, you should avoid staying at the suburbs. There are also some hotels that you will need to walk before you can get onto a bus, which you might get disturbing during hot summer days. Please note that taxi fares are expensive in Bodrum.
Price RangeBodrum offers a good holiday experience for all budgets. While there are very expensive hotels and couple of million pound properties, there are also good hotels that you can stay for 20 euros per night and properties that you can purchase for less than 40,000 euros. Location is an important factor that affects the price.
Getting to BodrumMilas centre, which is located 35km northeast of Bodrum. If you are flying with Turkish Airlines, you can take the free bus to Bodrum centre, which you need to book two hours prior to your flight. There are also buses available, however they are not available throughout the night. You can also take the taxi, but it would cost around 50 TL.
By BusThere are buses available with several bus companies from all over Turkey. You can check the City Guide Transportation Bus Companies section to find the contact details of these companies. The buses will drop you off at the otogar (main bus stop), which is 500m up the Cevat Sakir road, close to the Municipality Square.
By FerryThere are international and domestic ferries available to Bodrum, mainly from Marmaris, Datca , Dalyan , Altinkum , Kos and Rhodes .
HistoryBodrum used to be known as Halikarnassos. The city was colonized by the Dorians in the 11th century BC. Later, it come under the influence of Persians, followed by Hecatomnid satraps.When the Macedonians wreaked the city, it never fully recovered and the residents moved to Caria. In 1402, Knights of St John constructed the Bodrum Castle, which is the most important landmarks in the Bodrum peninsula.
The nations who lived in Bodrum previously were Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans and Selcuks.
Bodrum Towns with BeachesGumbet is located 3km away from Bodrum centre. It is home to large number of hotels and beaches. The are is ideal for watersports including parasailing, ringo, banana and jetskii.
BitezBitez is situated 7km away from Bodrum. The town is very green and tranquil. The bays of Bitez is ideal for windsurfing and sailing.
Akyarlar is Arhialla and it is situated 13km from Bodrum. The beaches of Akyarlar are sandy and the water is very clean.
KaraincirIf you prefer a beach which never gets windy, Karaincir would be ideal for you. Situated 24km away from Bodrum, Karaincir beach is 500 meters long and has a very fine sand.
GumuslukGumusluk is the oldest settlement in Bodrum. When you are swimming in this beautiful bay, you would be able to view the ruins under water. Gumusluk is also unique as it allow you to walk to the closeby island. The area, 24 km from Bodrum, is surrounded by protected forest land. Gumusluk is well-known for its fish restaurants.
Yalikavak18km away from Bodrum is Yalikavak . The area is famous for its windmills, citrus fruit trees and its fish. People also dive in Yalikavak for sponge.
GundoganOnly couple of minutes away from Yalikavak, is Gundogan. Gundogan has very nice beaches and it is famous for its tangerine trees.
TorbaTorba, which is 5km away from Bodrum centre, has several beach clubs. There are frequent ferry services to Didim, Milet ( Miletus or Miletos) and Priene (ancient city of Ionia).
GuvercinlikGuvercinlik , 25km away from Bodrum, has a very nice bay. The resort is home to the best shades of blue and green. Salih Island (Salih Adasi), which is very closeby, is a popular spot for swimming.
Bagla is less developed, however it is ideal if you are looking for a tranquil spot to spend your day.
Ortakent has a very long sandy beach and deep waters. This town, 13km from Bodrum, is ideal for watersports. Ortakent has large number of hotels, as well as a camping site.
TurgutreisTurgutreis is home to several beaches and beach clubs. As the area is very windy, it is ideal for windsurfing. Turgutreis is 18km away from Bodrum.
Kadikalesi4km North of Turgutreis is Kadikalesi . The area is much smaller than Turgutreis and has less number of beach clubs.
GolturkbukuGolturkbuku , situated 13km away from Bodrum, has large number of pine, tangerine and palm trees.
Bardakci BayBardakci Bay is a famous spot for swimming. It has a long sandy beach and clean waters.
KaraadaKara Island or Kara Ada is famous for its healing thermal waters. Karaada spring water is coming from a cave and there is healing mud available for those who would like to have a mud bath.
Ada Bogazi (or Akvaryum)The area is called aquarium due to its crystal clear waters. The sea floor is easily visible at a depth of 30 meters.
Bodrum NightlifeThe nightclubs in Bodrum are mainly packed between 11pm and 3am. The majority of the nightclubs are located on the Dr Alim Bey Caddesi (road), and on the street next door, Cumhuriyet Caddesi. Large number of bars in Bodrum do not ask for an entrance fee (cover charge), however drink prices might be expensive (they are normally more expensive than Europe).
Halikarnas is probably the most famous nightclub in Bodrum. It has a capacity of 5,000 people. There are several other clubs close to Halikarnas such as: the Deja vu, Breeze, Red Lion and White House. Full list of nightclubs and bars in Bodrum.
Eating in BodrumThere are large number of
Distance from Bodrum to Closeby DestinationsBodrum Milas Airport – 36km – 36 minutes
Datca – You can get to Datca from Bodrum centre with the ferry boat. It takes 1,5 hours and it costs 30 TL one way and 50TL return.
During summer season until September 30th, the ferries leave Bodrum and Datca at 9:30 and 17:30 both ways. Between November 1st and November 31st, the ferry leaves Bodrum at 9:30 on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; at 16:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The ferry leaves Datca at 9:30 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; at 16:00 on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Akbuk – 77km – 1 hour 30 minutes
Altinkum – 105km – 1 hour 45 minutes
Marmaris – 164km – 2 hours 45 minutes
Ephesus Ancient City – 175km – 2 hour 50 minutes
Fethiye – 238km – 4 hours
Do Not Come Back Without- Visiting the Bodrum Castle
- Taking a boat tour
- Spending a full day at the beach.
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