The beauty of Bodrum in Turkey is not only found along the beaches, although the golden sands and dazzling blue bay are very inviting, but there is so much more to explore in this popular and pretty tourist destination. Bodrum is a picturesque port, known as the Halicarnassus of Caria in ancient times and certainly has plenty of historical remains to see. Perhaps the first port of call is the 15th century Bodrum Castle of the Knights of St John which is one of Bodrum's most popular sites to see. The impressive medieval structure stands proudly at the entrance to the bay and is well worth a visit. Also housed in the castle is the Underwater Archeology Museum, an interesting attraction where you can see all kinds of objects that have been recovered from the sea.
From the castle, look out over the pretty marina area which is filled with expensive yachts bobbing about in the harbour. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a history buff then visit the Tomb of Mausolus which is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and dates back to 353 BC. One of the best ways to explore Bodrum is not by foot but by boat. Hop onboard a trip to nearby Karaada where you can bathe in the mineral waters of the grotto which are said to have health and beautifying benefits. After all the sightseeing it’s time to hit the beach and one of the best can be found in Torba, a tranquil and traditional Turkish town where you can relax on the golden sands surrounded by lush greenery of pine trees and olive trees.
Fun Seekers in Bodrum
Bodrum is a perfect destination for a fun packed holiday in the sun for groups of friends with everything you need from great beaches to a fantastic nightlife. You will also find a good choice of places to eat out and if it’s shopping you’re into then you’ll love the colorful bazaars selling everything from shoes and scarves to jewellery.
A lively port area, Bodrum is dominated by the medieval castle and the yacht-filled harbour where many festivals take place throughout the year. Hit the beach to soak up the rays and then when you need to cool down you’ll be spoilt for choice with the huge range of watersports on offer. Try your hand at waterskiing, windsurfing and parasailing or head to the Dedeman Water Park for the day where you can brave the slides and wild rivers. Real daredevils should try rafting on the Dalaman River and divers will love the calm clear waters where there are multicolored sponges and underwater life to be found in the many reefs and caves.
In the evening you can find a traditional taverna in Bodrum for a few relaxed drinks and a bite to eat with friends. Head to Gumbet for clubs and bars that stay open into the early hours with revellers enjoying the Turkish party atmosphere.
With the many gorgeous beaches found along the Bodrum Peninsula, Bodrum is the ideal location for a fun getaway for the whole family with plenty to see and do. Make the most of the sun on the beach during the day where you can also get involved in all kinds of watersports. Refreshments are close at hand from the many cafes that line the harbour where you can enjoy an ice cream or thirst quenching drink.
Make a splash at the Dedeman Aquapark on the outskirts of Bodrum where kids (and big kids!) can race down the slides, brave the wild river and the wave pool. Perfect for a fun day out for the whole family where you can cool down in the hot Turkish weather.
The spectacular castle that dominates the harbour is worth a visit for fantastic views of Bodrum. The fascinating attraction of the Underwater Archaeology Museum is great fun for kids where they can see weird and wonderful objects that have been recovered from the sea.
Bodrum is brimming with natural beauty from its tree lined harbour to its dazzling blue bay where couples can enjoy a romantic beach getaway in the sun. Spend the days relaxing on the many quiet beaches of the Bodrum Peninsula, which vary from small pebble beaches set in picturesque coves to sandy bays. When the sun goes down take a stroll hand in hand along the pretty palm tree lined waterfront and enjoy a drink looking out over the marina where the castle in particular looks stunning lit up at night. Bodrum has plenty of bars and great restaurants where you can enjoy a romantic meal for two. Why not try some fresh fish, a local specialty here.
The impressive Bodrum Castle of the Knights of St John is well worth a visit as are the bustling markets where you can pick up anything from jewelry and scarves to perfume and souvenirs. Explore further afield and hire a boat for two where you can visit quaint fishing villages nearby or head to the grotto in Karaada where you can bathe in the natural mineral waters that flow from the rocks. If you want to indulge in some real pampering then book a day at one of the many luxury spas in Bodrum for a relaxing massage or spa treatment.