A cosmopolitan city
Bodrum itself has a big-city buzz about it, with bustling bazaars and an authentic street-food scene of spice-infused treats to eat on the go. The port area is all glitz and glamour, so join the jet set for boutique hopping and people watching. Don’t forget to explore empires of yesteryear at the 15th-century Castle of St Peter next door.
You don’t have to go far to get a classic slice of the seaside. Altinkum’s a great value all-rounder that boasts budget-friendly restaurants by its three golden beaches. Further south, Gumbet’s surf-splashed bay is the ideal place to try windsurfing, scuba diving and jet-skiing. When the sun goes down, good times are go along its party-loving Bar Street.
If you fancy plunging into Turkey's largest wave pool, hit Didim Aquapark for the day, or make some marine mates at Dolphin Park. Culture seeker? The cotton-white thermal pools of Pamukkale and ancient wonders of Ephesus are in day-tripping distance. There are plenty of traditional Turkish bath houses to kick back in too.