With beautiful beaches, an abundance of attractions and some of Turkey’s most lively nightlife, it is hard to imagine that around 50 years ago Bodrum was little more than a simple fishing village.
One of the great things about Bodrum is that despite the city’s touristic developments and summer crowds, has retained much of its charismatic Turkish charm.
Where to Stay
Pensions and family-run bed and breakfasts offer the most affordable accommodation options. While they will not offer all the facilities of a hotel, they promise an authentic and friendly stay. In addition, if you book in advance, you can often find some great deals on Bodrum package holidays.
On the other hand, if you are looking for somewhere special to stay, you won’t be disappointed in Bodrum. National and international luxury chains have a presence in Bodrum and there are also a number of high-end boutique hotels too.
What to Do in Bodrum
Undeniably, Bodrum’s major draw card is its stunning coastline. There are a number of great beaches to be found within the town and the nearby vicinity. Some of the best beaches can be found a few miles away in the neighbouring village of Torba. However, if you don’t fancy travelling that far, there is a fine sand beach in the east part of the city which is well equipped with facilities.
One of the major historic attractions in Bodrum is the Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Mausoleum is an elaborate tomb that was built around 350 B.C. for King Mausolus. Unfortunately, only a small part of the Mausoleum has survived as the area suffered a number of earthquakes and materials were later used to construct the Castle of St Peter.
The Castle of St Peter, also called Bodrum Castle, was constructed during the 15th century and overlooks the seafront. Today, the castle is home to the celebrated Museum of Underwater Archaeology which is arguably the most important museum of its kind in the world. The museum has a fascinating collection of shipwrecks and artefacts from the sea arranged in interesting, interactive exhibitions.
Bodrum also has some great shopping opportunities. There are a number of bazaars and markets distributed throughout the town where travellers can pick up a whole manner of goods, not just fruit and veg. The Oasis shopping centre is another popular shopping spot as it has around 200 shops spread across two floors.