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Bodrum
Travel Guide

Bodrum showing a coastal town and a marina

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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Where to stay in Bodrum

DoubleTree by Hilton Bodrum Marina Vista
DoubleTree by Hilton Bodrum Marina Vista
4 out of 5
Neyzen Tevfik Cad No 168, Bodrum, Mugla
The price is £62 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Located in Bodrum City Center, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Bodrum Beach and Bodrum Marina. Bodrum Castle and Bitez Beach ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (335 reviews)
Highly recommended
"A beautiful hotel in a fantastic location. Parking is tricky - but the hotel staff do it for you."

Reviewed on 7 Nov 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Bodrum Marina Vista
Lujo Hotel - All Inclusive
Lujo Hotel - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Kuyucak Mevkii Mahallesi, Bodrum, Bodrum
This Bodrum resort is on the beach, 4.9 mi (7.8 km) from Vita Park Golf Club, and within 16 mi (25 km) of Torba Beach and Bodrum Bar Street. Bodrum Marina and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (82 reviews)
"The whole experience of the resort and the location was exceptional and beautiful"

Reviewed on 3 Jun 2021

Lujo Hotel - All Inclusive
Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay
Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay
5 out of 5
Yali Mahallesi, Hacigiden Caddesi No: 33/1, Bodrum, Mugla
The price is £364 per night from 24 Jun to 24 Jun
Offering direct access to the beach, this Bodrum hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Torba Beach, Bodrum Marina and Bodrum Ferry Terminal. Bodrum Castle and Museum ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (235 reviews)
"Loved all of the amenities, such beautiful views and lovely staff. Food could be improved, and the rooms could do with a refurb but were still lovely"

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2019

Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Jasmin Elite Residence
Jasmin Elite Residence
Eski çesme Mah., Osman Nuri Bilgin Cad. No:54, Bodrum
The price is £37 per night from 19 Jun to 19 Jun
Located in Bodrum City Center, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bodrum Windmills and Bodrum Marina. Bodrum Beach and Bodrum Castle are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (47 reviews)
"Modern kitchens, lots of space and lovely quiet pool Area"

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2020

Jasmin Elite Residence
Alya Sierra Bodrum
Alya Sierra Bodrum
Torba Mah., Aycicegi Cad 3016, Bodrum, Mugla
Situated near the beach, this villa is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Torba Beach and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Bodrum Farmers' Market. Bodrum Beach and Bodrum Castle are also ...
Alya Sierra Bodrum
Luxury Dublex Villa With Pool, Amazing View Gated
Luxury Dublex Villa With Pool, Amazing View Gated
Ataturk caddesi, 7, Bodrum, Mugla
Located in Bodrum City Center, this holiday home is within a 5-minute walk of Bodrum Bar Street and Bodrum Beach. Bodrum Marina and Bodrum Castle are also within ...
Luxury Dublex Villa With Pool, Amazing View Gated
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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