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Holidays in Bodrum
Bodrum is the place to hang out with – or just spot – the rich and famous. Enjoy a celebrity-filled resort with opulent yachts, cruise around the peninsula on a gulet (boat), laze on beaches in nearby Gumbet, then party into the night and see why Bodrum is considered the Saint Tropez of Turkey.
Tops 30°C between June and August.
Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV).
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Bodrum to enjoy a mix of ancient relics and a glamorous, ultramodern lifestyle, all set against the picturesque Turkish Riviera.
In the town itself, pretty Bodrum Resort is loved for its narrow lanes lined with colourful sugar-cube-like houses draped with vines. It’s where you’ll find the buzz and glamour of this resort town. For relaxing beaches, head to Gumbet, a self-contained holiday resort with a large beach, plenty of restaurants and bars. From bustling Bodrum it’s just a few miles to Torba, on the north side of the peninsula; yet this peaceful mountainside village seems a world away, with olive grove-clad hillsides, a tiny harbour with fishing boats and a narrow beach. Bodrum holidays are perfect if you're looking to escape the crowds!.
Head up to the Castle of St Peter, a Bodrum landmark framed by picture-perfect bays, with five well-preserved sturdy towers, and an unearthed 7th-century Byzantine wreck in its Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Feel like a sultan at Bodrum Hamam, the stone-built Turkish bath, with a scrub and massage from the experts as you lie on hot marble slabs. Glamorous yachts of visiting celebrities jostle for attention in the harbour – you might spot the owners at top nightspot Halikarnas, overlooking the lapping water. Even if you don’t own a boat, enjoy a day trip on a wooden gulet for a relaxing cruise around the peninsula.
In the capital of cool, nightlife in Bodrum ranges from dazzling live shows to parties on glass-bottomed boats, with world-class DJs flying in to perform for their fans. The nightclub Helikarnas is legendary, going strong since 1979, an über-cool gathering of well-dressed night owls dancing to laser shows and tailor-made live acts. With a capacity of 5,000 people, it’s the world’s largest outdoor club. If you want to watch the water under your feet, get partying on the glass-bottomed Club Catamaran, a floating luxury nightclub where you can see the water, and sealife, beneath the dance floor.
There’s plenty more than just nightlife in Bodrum – its attractions can keep you blissfully occupied throughout the day. Head up to the 15th-century Castle of St Peter – aka Bodrum Kalesi – the peninsula’s grand-looking landmark. Inside, Bodrum’s Museum of Underwater Archaeology has original shipwrecks with their treasures on show. Clamber around the remains of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus– one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – once boasting 36 columns and a 24-step pyramid. A realistic reconstruction brings the magic alive. If you have the kids in tow, head to Bodrum Dedeman Aquapark – they’ll love the hair-raising kamikazi slider and near-vertical water slides
Fashionable diners head to the marina for some of Bodrum’s dining highlights. Take a table in the open courtyard to catch the summer breeze while you people-watch at Kuba Bar and Restaurant, a stylish hub for Mediterranean cuisine. You’ll be spoilt for choice at Marina Yacht Club, a collection of three restaurants, serving everything from fresh lobster to hearty kebabs. For a family meal out try the more laid-back cafes, bars and restaurants in Gumbet, as you enjoy the sea breeze along the waterfront.
Party-goers: Join the jet set at the lavish outdoor nightclub Halikarnas.
History fans: Visit the medieval Castle of St Peter, home to the Museum of Underwater Archaeology.
Beach lovers: Take a trip to tiny Torba for a beach with fishing-village charm surrounded by hillside olive groves.
Language: The language spoken in Bodrum is Turkish
Currency: The currency used in Bodrum is the Turkish Lira
Local time: Bodrum is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours
Tourist Information: Further Bodrum tourist information can be found at www.goturkey.com/en/pages/read/bodrum
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Bodrum
Temperature: Tops 30°C between June and August.
Best time to visit Bodrum: Spring (April-May) or autumn (September-October) where you’ll enjoy comfortable daytime temperatures of around 25°C. Weather in Bodrum means a Mediterranean climate with relatively low humidity. Watch out for spring showers in March, the wettest month.
By minibus: The best way to get around Bodrum is by dolmus (minibus), running regularly all day and, in summer, all night too. Distances between the resorts on the peninsula are quite large, so the minibus makes more sense than a taxi.
By bus: Buses from central Bodrum to other towns depart from the main otogar (bus station).
Early-birds: The Bodrum Peninsula gets back on its feet with the tourists returning in spring – even though nothing actually closes down in winter.
Summer festivals: July and August are the busiest months for festivals, including the International Bodrum Ballet Festival (late July to early August), staged at the impressive Castle of St Peter, and featuring an array of international dance troupes. The restored Bodrum Amphitheatre seats 13,000 spectators for summer plays.
International DJs: The ‘superclubs’ (including Helikarnos, Club Catamaran and Kuba Bar) often see international performers and DJs at the height of summer.