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

Hotel Samara – All Inclusive
Hotel Samara – All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Kaynar Mevkii, Torba, Bodrum, Mugla, 48400
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £216 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Bodrum. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (120 reviews)
"Amazing resort"

Reviewed on 29 May 2022

Hotel Samara – All Inclusive
Labranda TMT Bodrum - All Inclusive
Labranda TMT Bodrum - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Atatürk Cad. No: 180, Bodrum, Mugla, 48400
The price is £242 per night from 6 Jul to 7 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Bodrum. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
3.8/5 Good! (285 reviews)
"I like the location, view, and food. I didn,t like the animals going around me and my table during eating. It,s contaminated people especially on covid time or other diseases."

Reviewed on 2 Nov 2021

Labranda TMT Bodrum - All Inclusive
The Marmara Bodrum - Adult Only
The Marmara Bodrum - Adult Only
5 out of 5
Yokusbasi Mahallesi Suluhasan, Caddesi no.18, Bodrum, Mugla, 48400
The price is £235 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Bodrum. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (420 reviews)
"This hotel is perfect for a relaxing break whilst still having the access to the hustle and bustle of Bodrum. The rooms hadn’t changed since we visited 3 years ago but are still clean and comfortable. The service is friendly and all staff are eager to help. I would say that they need need better ..."

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2022

The Marmara Bodrum - Adult Only
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.
Maison 48 Apart Hotel
Maison 48 Apart Hotel
Adnan Menderes Caddesi No: 18, Gumbet, Bodrum, Mugla, 48400
The price is £50 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Bodrum. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a children's pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4/5 Very Good! (41 reviews)
"Beautiful property, wonderful staff,everyone went above and beyond to make us feel welcome, we felt safe and all amenities were provided, space was adequate for our needs. Will definitely visit again and will recommend as the place to stay in Bodrum."

Reviewed on 1 Jul 2022

Maison 48 Apart Hotel
Jasmin Elite Residence
Jasmin Elite Residence
Eski çesme Mah., Osman Nuri Bilgin Cad. No:54, Bodrum, 48400
The price is £139 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Stay at this business-friendly apartment in Bodrum. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (91 reviews)
"Overall happy with my stay. Spacious and nice room, super comfortable bed. However, I didn’t like the fact that there is no room housekeeping daily."

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2022

Jasmin Elite Residence
Mare Deluxe Residence
Mare Deluxe Residence
Kucukbuk Mah. Fevzi Cakmak Cad. No:32, D:1 Gundogan, Bodrum, Mugla, 48400
The price is £489 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Stay at this beach residence in Bodrum. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Kucukbuk Beach and Gundogan Beach are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"Had an amazing 5 days and will definitely return next year. Everything exceeded my expectations."

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2020

Mare Deluxe Residence
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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