There is plenty to see and do in this coastal region, where holidays are enjoyed by families, couples and groups... Read more
Bodrum is situated on the southern coast of the Turkish Peninsula. Excavations show it to be over 5,000 years old, with its famous amphitheatre dating back to about the 3rd century BC. Other prominent landmarks include the Mausoleum, Castle of Saint Peter (also called Bodrum Castle) and the Temple of Apollo.
The closest airport is Bodrum (BJV), also called Milas-Bodrum, which is 36km northeast of Bodrum and 16km from Milas. It is the gateway to Turkish Mediterranean resorts such as Gumbet, which has kilometres of beautiful, safe, sandy beaches and many water sports. Altinkum is close to the Greek islands of Kos, Samos and Rhodes. Bitez, just four kilometres from Bodrum, is one of the most popular summer resorts.
In south-western Turkey, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pamukkale ("Cotton Castle") has many hot springs and beautiful white terrace-like deposits of carbonate minerals that are visible 20 kilometres away. Another good idea is to explore the ancient ruined city of Ephesus, formerly one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean world. It is famed for its Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World.
You can then return to the Bodrum Peninsula for its stunning beaches, of which no fewer than 51 are Blue Flag beaches, and coastal views. The city has a very pretty centre with narrow streets to explore and markets with great bars and restaurants open day and night. The medieval Bodrum Castle, or Castle of Saint Peter, was built by the Knights Hospitaller in the early 15th century. The castle and town, then known as Helikarnassos, became known as Petronium, from which the modern name of Bodrum originates.
The Mediterranean climate of Bodrum means that you can visit the area the whole year round. Peak season is from late July to the end of August. If you prefer a quieter time, you will enjoy September more.