Bodrum

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Top attractions in Bodrum

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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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.

  • 5. 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

    6. 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 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

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 416 reviews

A beautiful trip - well worth the effort!

I loved this day out to Dalyan, I read a few doubtful reviews, but so very pleased I did not listen. We had a wonderful day out, pickup from hotel timely, the coach was air conditioned, driver was an expert and safe, the countryside was lovely to see. Everyone enjoyed the mud baths, but my highlight was the boat trip down the river, the tombs carved into the cliff face and YES, we saw turtles. It was an excellent day out with time to enjoy on the local beach. It really is a must do!

I would love to recommended this holiday experience - Was much more relaxing and fun than I thought it would be. I love animals, especially horses and these were very friendly approachable with a great attitude...I could put trust in my horse 100% so I wasn't too apprehensive and able to enjoy the stunning mountain ocean views.

Great diving experience. I'm a certified diver, Dilek was amazing dive master, showing tons of things underwater, taking really good care of us. I have about 17 dives now, this was one of the best one. Highly recommend, very caring crew, very safe and memorable experience. Very good price!

A definite must for me - and would highly recommend this to anyone and everyone who loves some adventure and also excitement.. Worth every single penny as well, which I think is a very reasonable price!!

It was amazing!! Beautiful boat, clean, well organized. The team was very nice!! We loved it :)