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.
Bodrum has some of Turkey's best restaurants and a lively nightlife. It's a hugely popular tourist destination - for seafarers as well as landlubbers.
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.
Unless you're sailing a yacht there, Bodrum flights land at Milas-Bodrum Airport.
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Bodrum insider information
- Flower decked white-washed houses tell you this is a sophisticated resort. The streets are thronged all night and the shops stay open late around the attractive St Peter’s Castle. The old name was Halicarnassus which is now – no surprise - the name of the huge night club with laser lights and constant music.
- There is no beach in the town so head to Gumbet. Diving and sailing are excellent here, and you could use this as a start point for a sailing holiday