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The city of Bodrum is located on Turkey’s southwestern coast, close to the Greek island of Kos. Once the ancient city of Halicarnassus, it is now a popular tourist destination that is celebrated for its laidback atmosphere, trendy hotels and quaint whitewashed back streets. Sightseeing highlights in the city include the waterside Bodrum Castle, the excellent Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. For the freedom to explore Bodrum and the surrounding region, look into car rental in the area.
Travelling to Bodrum is most easily achieved by flying into Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV), which is located 22 miles northeast of the city. The airport serves a number of destinations around Turkey and Europe, and is a convenient place to hire your own rental vehicle: ACE, Europcar and Sixt are just three car hire agencies located at the airport. If you do fly into BJV and rent a car from the terminal, the centre of Bodrum is just a 30-minute drive along the D330. Use the Expedia search tool to explore your car hire options at Bodrum Airport.
Though most tourists visiting Bodrum fly into Milas-Bodrum, it’s also possible to access the city by other means. Some visitors catch a ferry from nearby Kos, which has its own airport. The good news is that it’s very easy to hire a car once you arrive in the city. There are several places where you’ll find car hire companies, with most agencies being clustered close to sightseeing spots in the popular tourist areas. Parking can be tricky in the busy centre of the city, so you may want to book accommodation that can offer a free parking space.
From Bodrum, there are many nearby destinations that can be easily reached by car. Head west along the D330 and you’ll come to Turgutreis, which is the second largest city on the peninsula and a great location for shopping and dining. If you wish to drive around the entirety of the peninsula, the simple way to do this is to start at the town of Torba, four miles north of Bodrum. From here, head northwest to the towns of Golturkbuku, Gundogan and Yalikavak. From there continue south to Turgutreis, loop down to the village of Akyarlar and then head east back to Bitez and Bodrum.
One of the best reasons to hire a car during your trip to Bodrum is that it makes lazy beach days incredibly easy. The Bodrum peninsula is dotted with beautiful coastal villages and towns that make for the perfect day trip. Keen sun-seekers should head to Bitez, Aspat, Torba, Turgutreis or Gungodan for the best stretches of sand. Travellers visiting Bodrum with their children may also want to spend half a day splashing around at the Dedeman Aquapark, just 15 minutes from the city centre.