Family holidays in Bodrum

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  • Bodrum Family holidays

    Bodrum in Turkey offers more than its fair share of cultural attractions - and much more than many people realise until they travel there, too. Cheap family holidays in Bodrum put you close to an attractive beach, but you might not spend much time on it, as there's a marina and harbour to explore too, as well as Bodrum Castle, not only a landmark in its own right, but also home to the Museum of Underwater Archaeology. All of this in a town with a resident population of less than 40,000, and that's even before you mention the fact that there's a Wonder of the Ancient World on the doorstep.

    Holiday in Halicarnassus

    If you know Bodrum's ancient name, Halicarnassus of Caria, then you might have heard of its Wonder too. The Mausoleum was named after the 'satrap' Mausolus, a local leader who had the above-ground tomb constructed for himself and his wife Artemisia II. It was the first structure to have the name 'mausoleum', which is now commonly used for all above-ground tombs. It may come as a surprise to many people that the ruins of the structure have survived to modern times, and you can visit it during family holidays to Bodrum to see where it once stood, and imagine the size of it reaching 45 metres into the sky.

    Service by the surf

    Depending on your budget, the local beach service could be a convenience or a pitfall during cheap family holidays in Bodrum. The restaurants and hotels along the promenade send waiters on to the sand with menus, and will bring whatever you order out to you too. The only catch is that you might pay a premium for this service, so check the price first - remember that the free sunbeds and parasols on the beach are provided by those same establishments, so the snacks and refreshments they sell help to cover that cost.

    Will the kids like Bodrum?

    There's plenty for people of all ages to enjoy during family holidays to Bodrum. Aside from everything already listed above, there are bus tours up the hillside behind the resort, and these often stop at the collection of ruined windmills built there. While the kids explore the tumbled stonework, it's a great chance to turn to face the beach for what is widely considered to be the best view of Bodrum from any angle.

    Why Bodrum is so great for families

    A perfect combination of beach and ancient historical attractions, it's easy to see why Bodrum has become so popular with families wanting a break. Spend lazy days on the beach, being waited on hand and foot while the kids play, or take a bus tour around the remains of an ancient civilisation. That's sure to get their little imaginations going. Have fun down at the marina or simply spend time together in the Mediterranean sun, which is almost always shining on Bodrum family holidays.

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