Holidays in
Bodrum

A Turkish delight of a destination

Want pristine beaches, vibrant nightlife and dramatic scenery? It’s not often a holiday destination ticks all the boxes, but Bodrum has those in the know absolutely hooked. Thanks to a curving shoreline and the clear, azure waters of the Aegean Sea, Bodrum city breaks are well-suited to those who love to be beside the seashore.

Which stretch of sand you choose to set up camp on depends on whether you’re into water sports (such as scuba diving), a family friendly splash around or a quick dip before lounging in the sun. Once you’ve maxed out your beach time, there’s plenty to keep you busy, as city breaks to Bodrum can be filled with shopping, eating delicious food or taking to the dance floor at one of the city’s lively, sophisticated nightclubs.

On the pampering, relaxation front, trying a traditional, invigorating ‘hammam’ (Turkish bath) treatment is an absolute must-do. Bodrum is also a top choice for history fans, who can step back in time visiting the site of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. So, whether you’re looking for a holiday steeped in antiquity or a relaxing seaside break, Bodrum is a true Turkish delight with something to charm everyone.

Three tips for a top trip

Flag down a busThe cheapest way to travel along the Bodrum Peninsula is by bus and, handily, you don’t need to look out for stops, as you can hail a ride anywhere along the route.
Try a Turkish spaHead to the Bardakçı Hamam for pampering. Founded in 1749, it’s said to be the oldest Turkish bath in Bodrum and is famed for its marble-clad interior and excellent massages.
Get a caffeine fixYou can’t really say you’ve been to Turkey until you’ve sipped on a cup of local-style coffee, brewed with sugar and cardamom. Try some at one of Bodrum’s many easygoing cafes.

Best attractions to see in Bodrum

An ancient city

Wonder at the remains of the ancient city of Ephesus. Now a Unesco World Heritage Site, it was once the site of the Temple of Artemis – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

A floating beach club

For a rather unique night out, don your glad rags and catch a boat to one of Bodrum’s luxe floating discos, which bob about just offshore.

A real-life shipwreck

In the bowels of Bodrum Castle, you’ll find a fascinating collection of carefully excavated shipwrecks, while up top are expansive views of the sea that wreaked havoc on the vessels below.

Your Bodrum questions, answered

Bodrum beaches span the full spectrum, from pebbly through to fine sand. Where a rocky shoreline exists, there are often lounger-covered platforms with steps leading straight into the water.

Yes. Bodrum’s vibrant markets are great places to pick up souvenirs – there’s everything from hand-made crafts (at Gümüşlük and Yalikavak markets) to cheap and cheerful textiles.

Yes, and there are lots of festivals to choose from, including kite-flying and camel-wrestling ones near Bodrum’s distinctive windmills, as well as more refined affairs that feature classical music.