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.
Things to do
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.
Places to stay
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.
Bodrum experiences a typical Mediterranean climate with long, warm summers and mild winters.
Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV).
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