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Cocktails, bazaars, good hotels and family-friendly eateries are just a few of the other reasons why sun-seekers choose the bustling port town of Bodrum for their holidays...
Bodrum has a reputation as a party town. However, it's nowhere near as wild as some of its Greek-island neighbours and families will feel right at home in the friendly and welcoming atmosphere offered by the coastal resort.
The Bodrum Peninsula, which runs west and north from the town, is also home to a large number of other holiday resorts that might tick even more of your holiday boxes. These range from small, quiet resorts where the beautiful beach is the main attraction to places of great historical interest. Consider Altinkum, Bitez, Gumbet, Ortakent, Torba, Turgutreis, and Yalikavak. Within the resorts you'll find self-catering and hotel based deals and all-inclusive holidays in Bodrum have become very popular in recent years.
The town of Bodrum is packed with things to see and do, if you can peel your holiday party away from the hotel's poolside sun beds or the beach. Thrill seekers will enjoy the water sports on offer at the edge of the sea, while history buffs will want to hike up to Bodrum Castle to get a flavour of the town's ancient origins. Elsewhere, the buzz of the bazaars lures shoppers keen to test their haggling skills, while boats depart from the marina every day to deliver holidaymakers to nearby islands, deserted beaches, and other sites of interest.
Nearby are the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, plus the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus.
Accommodation in Bodrum is of a good standard. All-inclusive hotels are becoming more popular, although there is a large choice of different types of hotels and self-catering accommodation.
The huge range of places to eat and drink in Bodrum, will also ensure that even fussy eaters can find something delicious to tickle their taste buds.
Flights from the UK take around four hours, making Bodrum an attractive proposition for the peak travel seasons of spring, summer, and autumn. Flights arrive at Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV).
Use the search tool on TravelSupermarket to find cheap holidays to Bodrum and the surrounding area.
Bodrum is located on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey and enjoys fantastic weather throughout the summer...
However, Bodrum can get very hot at the height of summer and many holidaymakers choose to visit in the cooler months of spring and autumn. If you do visit in July and August, when average daily temperatures can push past 35C, make sure that your hotel has air conditioning.
The season runs from around March through to November and the majority of hotels and restaurants will be closed outside this time.
Why not combine your holiday to the region with one of the many events taking place in the area?
Bodrum Bicycle Festival; May: This annual event encourages drivers to navigate the town on two wheels instead. Keen cyclers can also tour the dedicated bike trails, before enjoying the party atmosphere and live music.
Bodrum Festival; July-August: The magnificent castle is the setting for weeks of lively musical performances; the festival has become a favourite on the events calendar in this part of Turkey.
Bodrum Cup Wooden Yacht Regatta; October: This long-running sailing regatta showcases the skills and gulets (traditional wooden yachts) of the Bodrum fleet. It's an exciting spectacle.
Tear yourself away from that sunbed and get out and about to enjoy more of what the Bodrum area has to offer. Here are some suggestions...
Romantic: Discover hidden coves and a spectacular coastline on-board a traditional Turkish gulet. Relax with your other half as you sail while you drink in the fascinating landscape.
Active: How many people can say they have stood on the site of an Ancient Wonder of the World? In and nearby Bodrum you can be treated to two - the site of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and the remains of the Temple of Artemis. So, if lying on the beach gives you itchy feet, put your walking shoes on and get out exploring the historic gems that Bodrum and the surrounding area have to offer.
Grown-up families: Take a trip to Bodrum Castle of St Peter which houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Here you will be able to discover ancient treasures rescued from shipwrecks at the bottom of the sea.