Cheap flights to Bodrum
It might be Turkey’s busiest travel resort, but this hasn’t stopped Bodrum from being the most beautiful town on its Aegean coast. Located on a peninsula in the southern region of Turkey’s west coast, the elegant town of Bodrum has always been a player on the tourism world stage. After all, it is home to the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Don’t get too excited though; today it’s more a case of wonder where it’s gone, with only a few fragments remaining. Bodrum has crusader castles, ancient ruins, beautiful turquoise coastline, and whitewashed buildings set amongst rolling greenery.
Dance groups from around the world will be performing in venues all over town in this year's edition of Bodrum's International Dance Festival, on 26-31 May. bodrumdancefest.org
The Bodrum International Ballet Festival is a treat for dance lovers in an atmospheric setting beside the castle walls. There will be performances of modern and traditional ballets from 19 July to 6 August, with a night of Spanish Flamenco on 23 July. bodrumballetfestival.gov.tr
Head for the harbourfront to check out all the action in the Bodrum Cup sailing race. This annual regatta for Turkey's traditional wooden yachts, or gulets, will be held on 20-25 October. The yachts make a spectacular sight in full sail. bodrumcup.com/en
Milta Bodrum Marina is a great spot for some designer shopping or relaxing over a coffee while watching the yachts come and go.
Football fans need look no further than the Taraftar store on the waterfront near the marina for some unusual souvenirs. The shop stocks memorabilia related to Galatasaray, Be?ikta? and Fenerbahçe, the three giants of Turkish soccer.
Bodrum Safran stocks a range of unusual souvenirs from the sea. Look out for the sponges decorating the shopfront in the covered bazaar (1 Yeni Çar??).