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Bodrum is a popular holiday resort in southern Turkey on the Aegean coast. It has a reputation as a clubbers' paradise and resembles an open-air disco during the peak season, when you may find it difficult to pick up cheap flights to Bodrum. However the ancient harbour contradicts its party reputation, and here you can find the remains of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus which is one of the seven ancient wonders of the world.
Bodrum almost guarantees you summer sunshine and the peak tourist season is from June to August. It's harder to find cheap Bodrum flights at this time of year, so if you're not planning on clubbing the night away try April, May, September and October when it's still warm but much quieter and easier to find a cheap Bodrum flight. Take care when booking hotels and flights in winter as many resorts virtually shut down.
Direct Bodrum flights from the UK last around four hours, and you can get there from several airports in England and from Edinburgh. However, if you plan on departing from airports in Wales or Northern Ireland, you'll have to fly indirect.
Thomson Airways operate direct routes into Bodrum from London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol airports on certain days of the week from May to the beginning of October. You can also fly with Thomas Cook Airlines from Manchester and Gatwick and combine your flight with a holiday package deal. Another option is with easyJet, who also fly out from Gatwick, as well as other English airports and Edinburgh.
It's much easier to find direct flights to Bodrum from May to October, but If you want to travel outside of these months, consider flying from Liverpool or Gatwick, where flights start in March.
There a lots of airlines that offer flights to Bodrum Airport, and the competition means that there are often great flight deals available outside peak travelling times. Flying time from the UK is about four hours so you can leave in the morning and be sunbathing by the afternoon.
There is a shuttle bus running from Bodrum Airport to several big resorts and hotels in Bodrum. If you don't fancy waiting the taxis are very reasonably priced if you can share as they charge a fixed fare of £40 for the journey. You can also pick up car hire at Bodrum Airport which will allow you greater freedom to explore the surrounding area, especially if you would rather not join any organised tours.
The best way to get around Bodrum is by Dolmus, the local taxi-style buses. These follow fixed routes normally advertised on the front, and if you see one you can hail it wherever you are and it will drop you off when you want. Alternatives are to use a taxi if you are pressed for time or to hire a car if you know that you want to make some longer journeys or go further afield.
To travel to other places around Turkey the easy way, use the intercity coaches like the locals. These are very reasonably priced but remember to take food and drink supplies! The Greek islands of Rhodes and Kos are also within easy reach throughout the summer with a daily ferryboat leaving the harbour. Organise car rental in Bodrum or take a tour to visit some of the attractions across Turkey such as Pamukkale and Epheseus.
If clubbing is your thing then you'll find lots of bars and nightclubs which are packed throughout the peak season. Aside from thre ruins of one of the ancient wonders of the world, St Peter's Castle and the Museum of Underwater Archaeology are the main sights. With warm and shallow waters, bathing is popular as well. There is a lot to see in the area surrounding Bodrum and one of the best ways to explore is to hire a car. When you book your holiday, make sure that you pick up Cheap car hire in Bodrum to ensure you get to see as much as possible.
Bodrum enjoys mild winters and hot summers, with virtually no rain between May and October and a solid 12 hours of sunshine per day. Summer temperatures push upwards of 30°C but the humidity remains quite low, making the heat reasonably comfortable. The winter temperatures hover in the high teens in the daytime and drop to just under 10°C in the nights, with most hotels turning on their heating!
May to October has traditionally been the only time that tourists visit and it's certainly still the peak tourist season, but it's worth considering the benefits of Bodrum holidays throughout the year. Spring offers blossoming flowers and lovely weather for hiking, whilst autumn boasts warm seas, plenty of sun still and the wooden boat regatta. The town comes back to life in the winter with large Christmas and New Year celebrations and January heralds the camel wrestling season! You'll find the hotels in Bodrum are considerably cheaper outside of peak season.
Turkish Lira (TL), but Euros € are also widely accepted. Cash can be changed at banks and post offices across Bodrum, as well as withdrawn from ATMs so check around for the best price! Euros often work out cheaper so always ask if they are accepted.
Turkish, although English is quite widely spoken as well as Russian, and many Turkish people have learned some German at school.
+90 for Turkey and the 252 for Bodrum
UK nationals need a passport valid for at least six months and to buy a 90 day visa at the beginning of their Bodrum holiday. It is cheapest to pay for the visa with a £10 note since there's a surcharge for using Euros and Turkish Lira are not accepted.