Sitting on the southern Aegean coast of Turkey, Bodrum is a popular holiday hotspot thanks to its glorious sunny weather, collection of ancient wonders and luxury jetsetter lifestyle. There are always plenty of things to do in this picturesque town and it’s definitely a destination not to be missed!
Top Resorts and Hotels
A fishing village up until the 1960s, Bodrum is now broken into two distinct parts – the Old Town and New Town. Ancient Bodrum is where you’ll find all the archaeological sites and traditional villages, while modern Bodrum Resort is where most of the resorts, restaurants and nightlife are based. The beaches here are long and sandy, perfect for a day relaxing in the sun. However, the neighbouring marina and yacht club is a completely different scene – this is where the rich and famous dock their million dollar boats, the high-end boutiques stock only designer brands and the restaurants serve up the finest Turkish cuisine.
Attractions and Things to Do
The Bodrum Castle, otherwise known as the Castle of St Peter, is the most prominent landmark in the town. Built in 1402 by the Knights Hospitaller, it is one of the world’s best preserved medieval monuments. Today, it is home to the award-winning Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which displays some of the most famous shipwrecks and excavations from around the Turkish coast. Another must-see is the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Largely destroyed by earthquakes, you can still view the foundations of the tomb, as well as walk around the historical city of Halicarnassus.
Ruins and relics aside, Bodrum also offers plenty of beach activities, water tours and day parties. A visit to the baths is part of any Turkish holiday and Bodrum has a spectacular hammam, as well as some natural mud baths. Take a day to discover some of the many hidden beaches, or take a trip out to the nearby Greek Islands of Kos or Rhodes. For a unique sailing experience, consider chartering a gullet, a traditional wooden sailing boat.
Annual Temperature and Rainfall
Expect warm sunny summers and humid winters on holidays to Bodrum. The average winter high is 15C, while summer really heats up, with an average high of 34C and almost 340 hours of sunshine in July. The most rain occurs in December or January, with approximately 12 rainy days out of the month.
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