The seaport town of Bodrum, located in southwestern Turkey, is renowned for its stunning beaches, old castle, and relaxed atmosphere. It’s also the perfect place to kick back and explore the surrounding area. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-fueled adventure or a more laid back itinerary, there’s something to suit everyone in the Bodrum area.
A great place to start is by visiting the stunning white sand beaches at Gumbet, Bitez, Yashi, Ortakent, Yalikavak, Gumusluk, and many more. These beaches are great spots to soak up the sun, swim in the crystal-clear waters, or have fun on the paddle boards and jet skis. Gumbet beach is one of the busiest out of them all with sunbeds, parasols, and bars for when you need a break from the sun. There’s also plenty of watersport action to be had. Alternatively, Bitez is a much more peaceful and isolated spot, perfect for a leisurely dip in the sea.
Next, you can explore the town of Bodrum itself. A must see is the ancient Castle of St. Peter, originally built by the Knights of St. John between the 15th and 16th centuries. The castle is now home to a small museum and open-air theater where you can watch performances of classical Greek comedy and tragedies. As the sun sets, head to one of the waterfront bars or restaurants to sample some local delicacies and take in the beautiful views of the harbor.
The area around Bodrum is also rife with ancient historical sites. One of the most stunning is the Ancient City of Ephesus, located 22km from the city. There’s plenty to see here including the mammoth Library of Celsus, old theaters, and the Temple of Artemis, once one of the seven ancient wonders. For those wanting to explore ruins a little closer to Bodrum, the ancient city of Myndos awaits – an Ancient Greek city with ruins of temples, an amphitheater, and an acropolis.
Away from the historical sites, Bodrum also offers plenty of opportunities for adventure. If you’re feeling daring, you can go canyoning down the Selen creek, enjoying the natural beauty of the area while maneuvering through the winding rapids and pools. Alternatively, take things a little easier with a leisurely boat tour of the Bodrum Peninsula, kayaking around coves and admiring the incredible aquamarine waters.
There’s also plenty to keep children amused, from turtle spotting at the Dalyan boat trip, to jeep safaris and pedalos in Bitez. For those wanting something more ghoulish, the area around Myndos is home to the famed ‘Mausoleum at Halicarnassus’, another of the seven ancient wonders.
For a truly unforgettable trip, there’s nowhere quite like Bodrum. Between the beautiful beaches, ancient sites, and adventurous activities.