It’s true that the rich and famous like to relax in the serene area of Bodrum, and with a stunning blue coastline, high-end hotels and a wealth of historic sights, it’s no wonder this has become such a popular holiday destination.
So, where is Bodrum in Turkey?
If you look at a Bodrum map, you’ll see that it’s situated in south-west Turkey on the southern coast of the Bodrum Peninsula, which is surrounded by 32 islands and islets. The town of Bodrum itself lies 270km south of Izmir, on the Aegean coast, and faces the Greek island of Kos. Because of its location, this stretch of coastline is blessed with long, hot summers, with temperatures rising up to and beyond 30°C in high season.
Bodrum is part of the Turkish Riviera, which is well known for its abundant beaches and natural beauty. Every resort (including Gumbet and Bodrum Town) boasts a long stretch of golden sand, so it’s easy to sit back and relax while listening to the waves lap up onto the shore.
Torba Beach (just 6km from Bodrum town) is a particularly charming spot. Here you can expect a delightful setting, complete with turquoise waters and lush, green olive groves that shape the hills inland. The charming fishing port is a superb place to watch the boats bobbing on the horizon.
Rich culture and history
Over the last century, the Bodrum area has been transformed from a sleepy fishing community into a cosmopolitan paradise that’s loved by families, couples, and even the rich and famous. You can still experience the region’s rich culture and history, even though it’s a hugely popular tourist spot.
Just outside Bodrum town, you’ll discover one of the Seven Wonders of the World: The Mausoleum of Mausolus. The renowned Castle of St Peter is another beautifully preferred highlight, and Bodrum is also home to the fascinating Museum of Underwater Archaeology, where ancient shipwrecks and artefacts are on display.
You can find nightlife in abundance across Bodrum’s resorts. Whether you’re after a laid-back cocktail in Altinkum, or VIP service in Tϋrkbϋkϋ, there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets. Just a stone’s throw from central Bodrum is Gumbet, one of the most popular spots in the area. Expect affordable drinks and a lively atmosphere in the neon-lit bars lining the beachfront.
If you’re looking for the ultimate night out, the legendary Halikarnas nightclub in Bodrum is the place to go. You can party under the stars and watch live dance shows on the outdoor dancefloor until the early hours.