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Bodrum Holiday Guide

Greek ruins and Christian castles stand alongside seaside hotels and umbrella-lined beaches in this resort town built on an ancient city.

The home of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Bodrum is now one of the world’s richest historical sites. Museums, archaeological digs and ancient artifacts are scattered throughout the city. Additionally, Bodrum is a resort town that attracts thousands of tourists every year to its beachside hotels. Enjoy both modern luxuries and ancient wonders in this city on the Aegean Sea.

More than two millennia ago, Bodrum was the Greek city of Halicarnassus. In the 4th century B.C., a 164-foot (50-meter) high tomb was built here forKing Mausolus. It was later named one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Visit the ruins of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus to see a scale model of the marble tomb alongside many pieces from its pillars and reliefs.

Bodrum Castle, which rests on a peninsula south of the city, was built in large part from stones taken from the ruined mausoleum. Pay to enter this 15th-century structure built by Christian crusaders. Today, the castle houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which exhibits well-preserved relics taken from dig sites and shipwrecks from around the area.

Further ancient artifacts can be found in the northern hills of the city. Catch a concert at the 4th century B.C. Amphitheatre or climb up into the only remaining portion of the Halicarnassus city wall at Myndos Gate.

Spend a day enjoying the Aegean Sea. Walk the long beach lining Gumbet Bay. Swim in the protected waters of the small Bardakci Beach, featuring umbrellas and sun loungers provided by the neighboring seaside resort. Book a spot on a dive boat to explore the local waters. Colorful fish, shipwrecks and even underwater plane wrecks can be found nearby.

Visit Bodrum during the mild months between November and April for the most pleasant experience. Reach the city through the Milas-Bodrum Airport, which is 21 miles (33 kilometers) north of town. Flights from Istanbul arrive here daily. Take a taxi into Bodrum from the airport. Most of the city’s historical attractions are closed on Mondays, but the beaches are always open.

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Hotel Samara – All Inclusive £69
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Kaynar Mevkii, Bodrum
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 15 reviews
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    Nestled on the beach, this Bodrum resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Torba Beach, Bodrum Beach and Bodrum Ferry Terminal. Bodrum Marina and Bodrum Castle are also within 6 miles (10 km).

    Parkim Ayaz - All Inclusive £34
    Parkim Ayaz - All Inclusive

    Parkim Ayaz - All Inclusive

    Ayaz Str No:20, Bodrum
       
      4.1
      of 5, from 60 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Bodrum City Center, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Oasis Mall and Bodrum Windmills. Bodrum Castle and Museum of Underwater Archaeology are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Royal Arena Hotel & Resort Spa £47
      Royal Arena Hotel & Resort Spa

      Royal Arena Hotel & Resort Spa

      Asarlik Mevkii., Bodrum
         
        2.8
        of 5, from 43 reviews
        5.0 out of 5.0

        This family-friendly Bodrum hotel is located by the sea, within 3 mi (5 km) of Oasis Mall and Bodrum Windmills. Bodrum Farmers' Market and Myndos Gate are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Rixos Premium Bodrum - All Inclusive £123
        Rixos Premium Bodrum - All Inclusive

        Rixos Premium Bodrum - All Inclusive

        Torba mah. Zeytinli Kahve Mevkii, Bodrum
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 84 reviews
          5.0 out of 5.0

          Nestled on the beach, this Bodrum resort is within 9 mi (15 km) of Torba Beach, Bodrum Beach and Bardakci Beach. Bodrum Ferry Terminal and Bodrum Marina are also within 9 miles (15 km).

          Doria Hotel Bodrum £47
          Doria Hotel Bodrum

          Doria Hotel Bodrum

          1410 Sokak Gündönümü Mevkii, Bodrum
             
            4.6
            of 5, from 226 reviews
            5.0 out of 5.0

            This family-friendly Bitez hotel is located in Bodrum City Center, within 3 mi (5 km) of Oasis Mall and Bodrum Windmills. Bodrum Farmers' Market and Bardakci Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Mandarin Resort & Spa £31
            Mandarin Resort & Spa

            Mandarin Resort & Spa

            Umurca Mah., Dr. Mumtaz Ataman Cad. 27, Bodrum
               
              3.6
              of 5, from 138 reviews
              5.0 out of 5.0

              This family-friendly Bodrum hotel is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Bodrum Beach and Bodrum Castle. Museum of Underwater Archaeology and Bodrum Windmills are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Voyage Bodrum - Adults Only £99
              Voyage Bodrum - Adults Only

              Voyage Bodrum - Adults Only

              Bardakçi Koyu, Bodrum
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 24 reviews
                5.0 out of 5.0

                Nestled on the beach, this Bodrum City Center hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bardakci Beach and Bodrum Windmills. Bodrum Castle and Museum of Underwater Archaeology are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                Marina Vista Bodrum £66
                Marina Vista Bodrum

                Marina Vista Bodrum

                Neyzen Tevfik Cad No 168, Bodrum
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 101 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Bodrum City Center, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Bodrum Marina, Bodrum Castle and Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Bodrum Windmills is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.

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