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BodrumTurkey

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.

Turkey is one of the most popular destinations in the world for a beach holiday. Why not check out our cheap holidays to Belek or book yourself an Antayla beach holiday and find out why for yourself.

Where to stay in Bodrum

Bodrum Beach showing a pebble beach and night scenes

Bodrum City Center

4.5/5Wonderful!(109 area reviews)

Bodrum City Center is known for its pristine beaches, and you can make a stop by Bodrum Beach and Bodrum Marina while in the area.

Bodrum City Center
Yalikavak City Center, Bodrum, Mugla, Turkey

Yalikavak City Center

While Yalikavak City Center may not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Yalikavak Beach and Magi Beach.

Yalikavak City Center

Top hotels in Bodrum

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Mandarin Oriental Bodrum
Mandarin Oriental Bodrum
5 out of 5
Cennet Koyu Comca Mevkii, 314., Sokak No. 10, Golturkbuku, Bodrum, Mugla
The price is £1,216 per night

This Bodrum hotel is on the beach, 2 mi (3.2 km) from Golkoy Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Turkbuku Beach and Gundogan Beach. Kucukbuk Beach and Torba Beach ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (54 reviews)

"The Mandarin Oriental resort is simply world class, my new favorite property on the planet! The attention to detail, design, and seclusion all contribute to a feeling of bliss and relaxation. To further push the resort over the top is the staff's dedication to providing a VIP experience to their ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2019

Mandarin Oriental Bodrum
The Bodrum EDITION
The Bodrum EDITION
Dirmil Mahallesi, Balyek Cd. No 5A, Bodrum, Mugla
The price is £621 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Bodrum hotel is in the entertainment district and within 16 mi (25 km) of Bodrum Marina, Bodrum Windmills and Bodrum ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (35 reviews)

"New Build high end hotel... Friendly and young staff"…"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2019

The Bodrum EDITION
Eda Motel
Eda Motel
Göltürkbükü Mah, Inönü Cad, No:61/B, Bodrum, Mugla
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £68 per night

Situated near the beach, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Turkbuku Beach and Golkoy Beach. Kucukbuk Beach and Gundogan Beach are also within 6 miles (10 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Yeterince keyifli

"Sıcacık, samimi bir ortam.evcil hayvanınızla rahat edebileceğiniz bir işletme. genel olarak gayet iyi bir konaklama geçirdik.yemekler lezzetli.Yetiş Bey ' e ilgisi alakası için ayrıca teşekkür ederiz."…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2019

Eda Motel

Popular places to visit in Bodrum

Bodrum Beach
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Bodrum Beach

4/5(29 reviews)

This town center beach is ideal for sunbathing during the day and for enjoying waterfront dinners in the evening. 

Camel Beach
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Camel Beach

3/5(14 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Camel Beach, a popular beach in Ortakent.

Bitez Beach
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Bitez Beach

4/5(28 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Bitez Beach, a popular beach in Bitez. Stroll along the seaside or visit the spas in this relaxing area.

Bodrum Castle
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Bodrum Castle

4/5(20 reviews)

You can learn about the local history of Bodrum when you visit a top site such as Bodrum Castle. Wander the beautiful beaches and marina in the area.

Bodrum Marina
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Bodrum Marina

4.5/5(59 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Bodrum with a trip to Bodrum Marina. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in the area.

Bodrum Bar Street
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Bodrum Bar Street

4/5(19 reviews)

You can enjoy the entertainment at Bodrum Bar Street during your travels to Bodrum. Wander the beaches and seaside in the area.

Top things to do in Bodrum

Bodrum Dedeman Aquapark Admission with Hotel Pickup
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Bodrum Dedeman Aquapark Admission with Hotel Pickup

£29
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Jeep Safari Full-Day Experience from Bodrum Peninsula
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Jeep Safari Full-Day Experience from Bodrum Peninsula

£40
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Ephesus & House of The Virgin Mary Day Trip from Bodrum
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Ephesus & House of The Virgin Mary Day Trip from Bodrum

£42
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Bodrum Coast Cruise
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Bodrum Coast Cruise

£22
Per adult
Disco Catamaran Boat in Bodrum
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Disco Catamaran Boat in Bodrum

£20
Per adult
VIP Turkish Bath in Bodrum
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VIP Turkish Bath in Bodrum

£13
Per adult

Reviews of Bodrum

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 53.84615384615385%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 33.84615384615385%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.23076923076923%
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2 - Disappointing 3.076923076923077%
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2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

2 Nov 2019

There were stray cats disturbing your meals, flies everywhere you turned, bland food with flies and visible dirt where the food was.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Oct 2019

Weather was wonderful

3/5 - Okay

Mark

14 Oct 2019

We only went into Bodrum for a morning using a taxi costing 120 Turkish Lira and came back by minibus from the bus station (6.5 Turkish Lira each). We found Bodrum noisy and crowded and a big contrast to our much quieter resort.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Oct 2019

Good shopping could do with a bit of a face lift and to keep its charm but on the whole a nice place to visit

2/5 - Disappointing

JOHN

5 Oct 2019

Town of Bodrum we did not like, when we went for the day. Gumusluck was great.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Oct 2019

Not many places of interest.

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