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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Turkish Lira (₺)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+02:00)
- Country Code
- 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
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!
The actual tour was amazing. Absolutely loved all the sites we went to! But the only negative is that they take you to "shops" for 30 - 40 minutes each along the way, and these places present you with what they are selling, so they try to hustle their products to you. By the end the group was over going to these "shops". But apart from that highly recommend the tour.
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 great day running around in the jeeps. Food was good. Just one comment is that the stops in the villages took longer than expected so the trip could have easily been done in 5 hours but was good overall and a great fun water fight as well.