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. Flight 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. Flights to Bodrum will have to be booked 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.
Bodrum has 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.
Bodrum is a year-round resort with average temperatures of 34 degrees in August, the hottest month. Plenty of sunshine (up to 12 hours a day in the summer months of June to August) and mild, humid winters make it a perfect holiday destination.Getting from the Airport to the CityOnce off the flight, there are a few ways to get into Bodrum. Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV) is located 22 miles northeast of Bodrum, and 10 miles south of Milas. There is a shuttle bus operating from the airport to the city centre with drop-off points along the way. Taxis are also available.
Getting around Bodrum
Shared taxis are the easiest and cheapest way to get around. Driving around Bodrum can be tricky as the streets are narrow and the one-way system can be difficult to navigate. Renting a car is a good idea if you want to explore the local area though. There are regular ferry services to the island of Kos.
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 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.