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.
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.