Quick Guide to Bodrum
Sitting on the Aegean Sea, Bodrum boasts beaches, bars, nightlife and a host of sights too, including the imposing Bodrum Castle, home of the world-renowned Museum of Underwater Archaeology. You can also visit the site of the Mausoleum of Helicarnassus, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Most people visit Bodrum on a cheap holiday package deal, and there are plenty of cheap flights and bargain all inclusive places to stay. In peak season, if you're after a quieter time away from the late-night clubs and busy beaches then you should try neighbouring Gumbet which sits just around the bay. Last-minute holidays to Bodrum are a great bet in 2016, with plenty of super-low prices if you just want to get away to the sunshine on the double.
Fab holidays for:
Historical treasures, Delicious food, Sun and sea
Did you know?
Bodrum translates to cellar or dungeon in Turkish. It's thought the city earned the name due to its many vault-like ancient ruins.
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Top 5 Things to do Off the Beach
Yes, Bodrum's beaches have a gravitational pull for most tourists but don't spend your entire holiday just lying on the beach. This city is full of surprises!
- Swim in Kara Ada's healing springs
- Plan a boat trip to Kara Ada, an island just off the coast. Not only is it stunning but it may just heal those annoying aches and pains.
- Bargain hunt at the Bodrum markets
- A hectic mesh of voices, scents, and sounds, you could easily spend all day exploring Bodrum markets. Anything can be found, from lanterns to decorative scarves. Just be prepared to haggle!
- Treat yourself to a Turkish bath
- Be bathed, scrubbed and massaged in a traditional stone Turkish bath. You'll come out feeling like a new human!
- Explore Bodrum Castle
- Not only is Bodrum Castle a historical sight to behold, it also houses the fascinating Museum of Underwater Archaeology. The views from the battalions are spectacular!
- Experience the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
- One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it was built as mausoleum for King Mausolus by his heartbroken wife. It was so grand that King Mausolus' name became associated with all the stately tombs in the world.
Bodrum Beach Holidays
The elite flock to the shores of Bodrum - you could be rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous on your beach holiday in Turkey.
Gumbet beach boasts a kilometre of golden sand and its seas are host to everything from windsurfing and water skiing to scuba diving and parasailing. Make sure you set some time aside to discover what's known as the Big Reef underneath the waves.
Blue Flag Bitez beach is one of the more popular beaches on the Aegean, and not just for its shallow, blue waters. It's also the site of one of the Wonders of the Ancient World (the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus) but also home to the Museum of Underwater Archaeology - just walk into St Peter's Castle, which is conveniently on the waterfront.
Ortakent is backed by market gardens and is great for holiday-makers that are bringing kids in tow - they'll be kept busy with the watersports, from kayaking and wakeboarding to sailing.
Gümü?lük Bay is another place you should plan to see on your beach holiday to Bodrum. Swim out to Rabbit Island or chow down on fresh fish lining the harbour - there are plenty of great views to be found.
How to get to Bodrum
Holidays to Bodrum are ideal for those seeking a pristine beach with crystal clear waters on the Aegean. The accompanying whitewashed houses and narrow streets add to its charm. There are plenty of cheap Bodrum flights, including charter and budget airlines that depart from most of the major regional UK airports and the average flying time is four and a half hours. The Greek island of Kos is only a few km away from the airport and well worth a visit, but Bodrum central is 36 km from the airport, so it's worth considering cheap Bodrum car hire. The resort is at it's most busiest between May and October when the low cost carriers and charter flights are at their peak. Outside of these months, the resort quietens significantly as holidaymakers head further south to resorts around Antalya.
Where to stay in Bodrum
The many hotels and pensions for Bodrum holidays are to be found in the resort of Gumbet. Most are just a short walk to the beach and a large variety of bars, restaurants and discos for those who want to party the night away. There are also deals to be had on villas in nearby Ovacik and some superb beachside hotels on Ortakent Yahsi Beach. Cheap holidays in Bodrum are readily available but do check the reviews, particularly on accommodation at the lower end of the scale as there is a fine line between basic and spartan.