The town of Bodrum is in its own rights, the true gem of the Aegean coast
Modern architecture sits with ancient ruins, private yachts, Mediterranean houses and cobbled streets to highlight a destination that is renowned throughout Turkey as being the inspiration for artists and famous celebrities. Bodrum town can be anything you want it to be, lively, relaxing, luxurious or traditional.
Known in history as Halicarnassus, it can also claim fame as being the ancient home to the tomb of King Mausolus . Life in Bodrum town center revolves around the harbor front where narrow streets are lined with cosmopolitan bars, exclusive restaurants and traditional shops that are overlooked by the domineering appearance of St Peters castle. It is also the main hub for transport to other amazing destinations along the Bodrum peninsula such as beautiful Yalikavak, lively Gumbet and traditional Gumusluk. If you are looking for a holiday destination that will bring you fantastic memories and revitalize your energy for life, Bodrum town is the perfect place.
Top Landmark – Bodrum Castle
One landmark that you must visit while in Bodrum is the castle of St Peter. An impressive structure dating back to 1402, it stands proud on the coastline and can be seen from miles away. Built by the Knights Hospitaller, it was intended to be their battling force to fight against the invading Seljuk Turks. For over 500 years, Bodrum castle saw a colorful and turbulent history before finally being deserted in 1921. Today, thousands of holiday makers visit the castle to gain an insight into Turkish history and be in awe at the amazing and stunning views.
Things to do
Bodrum is home to many exciting festivals, events and shows through the year so have a look at our events page for the latest promotions. Things to do throughout the year in Bodrum include…
- Next to Bodrum castle is the underwater museum which holds many ancient artifacts from past years.
- Hire a private yacht for the day or jump on board one of the many cruise boats that sail the coastline.
- Catch the day ferry to the Greek island of Kos and visit two countries within one holiday.
- Visit the neighboring peninsula of rustic Datca by catching the ferry boat which leaves daily.
- Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are market days if you want to haggle and barter for a bargain.
- Bodrum is well known for its orange and red, vibrant sunsets so get that camera ready.
- Situated on the road to Gumbet is the ancient Bodrum ampitheatre which will delight history buffs.
- Water sports are a great attraction in Bodrum, mainly exploring by scuba diving.
- Cumhurriyet Caddesi will ensure that hard core shoppers are delighted with the small boutiques and traditional shops.
- Use local transport to visit other resorts on the peninsula such as energetic Gumbet or traditional Kadikalesi.
- Take your kids to enjoy an exciting day out at the local Dedeman waterpark.
- Bodrum is well known for its Blue voyage cruises of the Turkish Riviera. Jump on board a traditional gullet for four days and explore secluded bays and beautiful coastline destinations.
- Delve into history and visit the ancient ruins of the mausoleum of King Mausolus.
- Visit the ruins of ancient Myndos Gate dating back to Lelegian occupation (5th.century B.C.). It was one of the 3 gates along the old Bodrum city wall, although it is not actually in Gumusluk (Myndos), it is called Myndos Gate as it was the gate to go through, if you were heading to Myndos.
It won’t take you long to find bars and restaurants in Bodrum that satisfy your appetite and thirst as the choice is amazing. Restaurants serving international cuisines as well as traditional Turkish cuisine can be found on every street. If your passion for food is seafood and fish, you should head to the marina or harbor to get the fresh catch of the day, cooked to perfection. The marina is also home to luxury restaurants where you can sample delicious food cooked by 5 star chefs.
As much as Bodrum is busy during the day, at nighttime it comes alive. Bars and discos will stay open to the early hours of the morning and delight all party goers with Mediterranean entertainment. The large party boats sailing around the coastline will provide night time fun with a twist while the renowned Halikarnas nightclub is considered the place to be seen. If the modern nightclubs are not the kind of entertainment that you are looking for, stroll down the cobbled side-streets to find traditional Turkish bars featuring live music bands.
Bodrum enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate in the summer time. The worst months for rainfall are December, January and February but all other months during the year are great for exploring. The summer season in Bodrum runs from April to October and during the months of August and September, temperatures can be as high as 35°C (°F). For up to date weather information on Bodrum, take a look at our weather page.
If you are looking at property in Bodrum for either buying or renting, you could not pick a better destination. Properties vary from your basic studio apartment to six bedroom villas with a full sea view. There are houses that need renovating or newly built and modern properties available. You can also choose remote or centrally located properties as well. Take a look at our comprehensive lists of agents that deal with sales and rentals in the Bodrum area.