Bodrum isn't just a place where you can rub shoulders with the rich and famous, it's also a haven for history enthusiasts. And with that in mind, you'll find no shortage of things to do in Bodrum. Whether you're happy to spend the week sunning yourself on the beach, or you'd like to get up close to hidden historical gems, there's something for everyone here.
This part of Turkey is blessed with thick, emerald-green landscapes, glistening blue coastlines, and magnificently preserved monuments. Oh, and it's home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, too; how cool is that! It's all ready and waiting for you to explore. So let's take a closer look at what to do in Bodrum.
1. Explore the Castle of St Peter
History buffs will love to spend the day taking a leisurely stroll around one of Turkey's most famous landmarks in Bodrum Town. The towering, 15th century castle was built by the Knights Hospitaller, and today you'll see it overlooking the glistening water in the harbour. There's an informative museum spread around the castle, too.
2. Marvel at ancient Halicarnassus
When you visit Bodrum, you'll have the chance to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus dates all the way back to the 4th century BC, and this spectacular ancient site is a testament to its time. The grand tomb was built by famous sculptors as an elaborate resting place for Mausolus, the great ruler of the region. Today you can explore what remains.
3. Sunbathe on Bitez Bay
You'll find this sun-soaked spot just 7km from the heart of Bodrum Town, and it's an ideal place to relax. Sit back on the honey-coloured beach or grab a woven hammock and take a dip in the shallow, blue waters of the warm Mediterranean Sea. You can even try your hand at watersports if you like. And when you're ready to refuel, you'll find lots of lovely bars and restaurants within easy reach.
4. Shop 'til you drop in Tϋrkbϋkϋ
Fancy some retail therapy? Head over to the charming town of Tϋrkbϋkϋ, otherwise known as Turkey's St Tropez. It's brimming with picturesque streets and quaint little shops selling homemade jewellery and souvenirs. Plus there are some chic designer boutiques, too. Then it's time to move to the beach, where you'll find sunloungers and canopy tents along the wooden promenade. This place has an air of exclusivity about it for sure!
5. Head for the Temple of Apollo
Just outside Altinkum, you can explore a part of the ancient world. The Temple of Apollo is marble temple constructed with 120 giant columns, tunnels and a sacred spring, and today you can visit the ruins. There's a small fee to enter, but it's well worth the ticket price to see this fascinating archaeological site. Walk over the ancient stone, pass through ancient passageways and you'll feel like you've stepped back in time.