Attracting holidaymakers to Turkey’s southwest coast for a long time now, few locations worldwide place ancient history alongside the timeless charm of a beach getaway as effortlessly as Bodrum does.
Holidays in Bodrum
A range of tourists descend on Bodrum for many reasons. Founded on the site of the ancient city Halicarnassus, it was once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. While that sadly no longer stands, today other remnants of a bygone era reside in tandem with drop-top supercars owned by Muğla Province’s movers and shakers.
It’s impossible to talk about Bodrum without mentioning the spectacular beaches that the city has become renowned for. While visitors are invited to sample the many pristine coves and pretty inlets that make up the Bodrum Peninsula at large, plenty of idyllic sandy stretches await just kilometres away from the city limits.
Expect scorching summer conditions in Bodrum, with average temperatures ranging between 21 and 29°C from May to July. Even from December to February, the Mediterranean climate doesn’t dip beneath 12°C, meaning that this coastal gem is pretty much an appealing getaway all year round.
That said, if you do want to dodge the raindrops, avoid trips between November and February, marking Bodrum’s rainy season with the region getting around 108mm in December.
Things to do on holiday in Bodrum
Step back in time
Signs of Bodrum’s Ancient Greek origins are visible around the entire city, particularly landmarks such as the Theatre of Halicarnassus, a crescent-shaped amphitheatre that looks out upon Bodrum Castle and the azure sea of the Aegean. Still standing proudly in contrast to the Mausoleum that once cast a dramatic shadow over port, its ruins lay eerily scattered, transporting visitors back to the days of the Persian Empire.
Another noteworthy stop-off point close by is Myndos Gate, the only remaining section of ancient wall infrastructure that once kept unwanted intruders out of the city of Halicarnassus. Stone block ruins are nowadays scattered beneath the shelter of trees as another reminder of Bodrum's history, dating back to the fourth century BC.
Beaches for different tastes
Upon arrival,visitors will soon realise that some of the region’s most popular beaches don’t actually belong to Bodrum itself but rather the neighbouring communities of Gumbet and Bitez in the greater city expanse. If you crave a classic beach experience, Gumbet Beach is a narrow kilometre-long stretch of shingly sand, while the promenade is packed with ice cream vendors, restaurants and plenty of multi-coloured beanbags.
On the flip side, for those looking to detach themselves from the typical beach experience abroad, a bus journey from Bodrum transports tourists along the D330 state road to the tranquil village of Gümüşlük. A pretty seaside village which is quieter by nature, this sheltered beach sits in front of Rabbit Island, which can be reached by wading through the water.
Exciting water sports close by
No matter the level of skill or difficulty, Bodrum’s water sports scene is overflowing, with plenty of exciting adventures sure to live long in the memory. While you are likely to uncover a generous array of water-skiing and parasailing activities in Gumbet, travel a little further west along the coast to Ortakent Beach where glass-bottom boat trips and wakeboarding will make the decision over which to try first that much more difficult.
If you plump for snorkelling or diving, make sure you don't leave the town of Gümüşlük before uncovering the Bodrum area’s worst-kept secret beneath the waves; get up close to ruins belonging to ancient Myndos that you can clearly spot through the remarkably clear water.
Go international or local
Given the international appreciation of Bodrum as a holiday destination, the Turkish seaside city naturally caters to most tastes. You’ll uncover authentic Chinese restaurants to pretty French brasseries and everything in between, although tasting the local fare is always a value-adding experience. Native dishes include stuffed zucchini flowers, kopoglu mezes (an appetizer made of eggplant, peppers and tomato puree) and a mouth-watering selection of Turkish kebabs.
For those with expensive tastes, some of Bodrum’s trendiest eateries dine alfresco style, and who could blame them? A leading player in Istanbul’s culinary scene, the bistro Agency boasts an enviable location close to Bodrum marina so that satisfied stomachs can amble the idyllic bayfront come nightfall thereafter.
If walking in the footsteps of ancient history or earning your tan metres away from the lapping waters of the Aegean wasn’t enough, there’s also Bodrum’s vibrant nightlife scene.
Don’t be afraid to dress to the nines in this south-western corner of Turkey, with glitz and glamour never too far away on any given evening out. Most of Gumbet’s younger nightlife ventures are scattered around the Erguvan Sok thoroughfare which serves as a lively connector both to and from the ever-popular bayfront. Here, the likes of Pasha Club and Shakers Dance Bar stay open late with the pounding sound of electronic dance music adding yet another facet to this most versatile of holiday destinations.
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