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Top 6 things to do in and around Bodrum

Bodrum, Turkey has a fascinating history as an exile city where prisoners were sent. After the “Fisherman of Halicarnassus” did his time, he invited all his artist friends to the city. By the mid-forties it was a bohemian nightlife paradise.

Bodrum Castle of The Knights of St. John
Photo: Benjamin Claverie@flickr(CC BY-SA 2.0)

Bodrum Castle of The Knights of St. John

This incredibly preserved medieval castle is also the fantastic Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Find yourself living the history of ancient mariners.

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

Maybe some of the oldest ruins you ever get to see, this tomb was built around 350 BC by the famous ancient Greek architects Satyros and Pythius of Priene.

Bitez Beach

Bitez Beach

This sleepy beach is the perfect place to relax. Have a drink at one of restaurants or take a nap on one of the public sunbeds.

Camel Beach

Camel Beach

Unlike Bitez, a rock beach, Camel Beach offers long stretches of white sand. Its waters are clear and electric blue, making it the perfect snorkel spot.

Kara Ada

Literally “black island” for its jet black ashy beaches, this series of islands is great for yacht hopping. Its mineral waters and muds are said to have healing powers.

Turgutreis

Turgutreis

Turkey is truly a wonderful country to hit the road. Drive a half hour west to find Turgutreis, known for its 5 kilometers of white sand beaches.

Planning Your Bodrum Visit

Ask Before Photographing

Many Bodrum residents will refuse to be photographed because of their religious beliefs, so it is especially important to ask before snapping all those beach pictures.

Take off Your Shoes

It’s always appropriate to take off your shoes when entering a private residence or mosque.

Dress Code: What to Wear

The city can be quite traditional, so use discretion when wearing shorts, skirts, sleeveless shirts, and bright colors.

Good to know

  • Language
    Turkish
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +90
  • Best time to visit
    From May until October the temperatures are warm and great for visiting the beach, but bear in mind that the hottest months are July and August, when the city's population nearly doubles due to the influx of visitors!

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What people are saying about Bodrum

Awesome experience in Turkish cuisine and culture. Recommend!!!!!

Our Turkish cooking class began with a very warm greeting, a morning pick up and drive to the market. Entering Asli’s restaurant we were awed by its colorful ambiance, dining tables in the courtyard and inside, and her husband’s paintings decorating the wall. With Turkish tea and great conversation we sat down at one of the tables to pod cranberry beans, peel red peppers, cut up quince, crush garlic, chop onions, grate tomatoes, and roll vegetables in phyllo sheets. The smoky fragrance of the grilling eggplants, the quince and fennel simmering, and the rice pilaf with raisins and herbs made the experience deliciously sensual. The main dish was a work of art - fresh anchovies lining a clay pot, which was filled with rice pilaf and re-covered with the anchovies. We learned Asli’s special techniques for how to make her “magic sauce”, and the wonderful combination of herbs with fruits and vegetables. What a beautiful

Bodrum Market Visit and Cooking Class Reviewed by Terry, 25/11/2013

The title of the activity is misguiding.

There was no excursion as such, no guide or explanation, there was just a transfer from the hotel to the port, and then a boat to Kos. So it should not be called an excursion, but a transfer. The Turkish operator took time to confirm us the place and the time of the pick up, though they proved to be flexible in the end and even changed us the date of the excursion per our demand, as our child fell sick.

Kos Island Independent Day Trip by Boat from Bodrum Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 26/08/2018