When is the best time to visit?
Peak season is in the summer, especially in July and August so avoid these months if you are hoping for a solitary getaway. Flights to Bodrum and accommodation prices tend to be higher as well and must be booked well in advance.
The Bodrum Bike, taking place in mid-May, aims to reduce the area's emissions and raise awareness of the environment, by encouraging individuals to cycle instead of drive. The festival begins at Neyzen Tevfik Street, travelling along a number of bike trails to reach Quay Centre. During the event other activities can be seen, such as dance and acrobatic shows and live music performances.
Taking place in mid to late August, Bodrum International Ballet Festival hosts classical performances on the stage in Bodrum Castle. This festival was the first ballet festival established in Turkey and aims to bring renowned orchestras and local ballet companies to visitors from all over the world. To get cheap flights to Bodrum book in advanced during this period.
Bodrum is located at the southern edge of the Bodrum Peninsula, across from the Greek island of Kos. Once a small fishing village, it has evolved into a town popular with the artistic and yachting community. Its castle, built by the Knights Hospitaller in the 15th century, looms over the town, with streets of whitewashed houses and tumbles of greenery below.
Take a cheap flight to Bodrum and see some of Turkey's best restaurants and a lively nightlife. It's a hugely popular tourist destination - for seafarers as well as beach lovers.
There are several beaches easily accessible from Bodrum including Gümbet, a resort and popular water-sports centre; Bitez, great for windsurfing; and Akyarlar and Karaincir, closest to Kos and excellent for windsurfing. All are reachable by dolmus (bus) and gulets.
It’s the site of the ancient city of Halikarnassus, where the Mausoleum of Halikarnassus once stood. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it was razed to the ground during an earthquake in the Middle Ages, but remnants of ancient Bodrum are scattered around the area. Bodrum offers the perfect balance of relaxation and active pursuits and it is a popular destination with artists, writers and the sailing community. Held every October, the Bodrum Cup for wooden boats is Europe’s only yacht regatta. The event is run with passengers on board, who can lend a hand as crew. Bodrum has several Turkish baths, and a session will leave you feeling rejuvenated.
Its flashy marina gives a glimpse of the high life, with an assortment of upmarket boats moored along the waterfront. Overlooking these modern boats is the sturdy castle, which was built by the Knights Hospitaller in the 1400s. Today, it’s the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, exhibiting treasures retrieved from the seabed.