Around the Bodrum Peninsula you will find something for everyone; history, gorgeous beaches, relaxed fishing villages, and some rather swanky, upmarket resorts with luxury hotels and smart restaurants.
The main town of Bodrum boasts a sophisticated marina and a long palm-fringed promenade, it is a great place for a stroll and to check out some of the impressive gulets and yachts moored up. It’s hard to believe that one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum at Halicarnussus is tucked away here.
The imposing Bodrum Castle can be seen from all around the harbour, and the views from there are as magnificent as the castle itself, which also houses the interesting Museum of Underwater Archaeology.
Despite Bodrum being a bustling, cosmopolitan town, the old part is incredibly pretty and has remained unchanged for many years, with old white and blue stone houses in the backstreets covered in colourful Mediterranean flowers.
The villages dotted around the peninsula are all unique. Bitez has a gorgeous stretch of sandy beach, and is a great choice for water sports enthusiasts, and Yalıkavak has grown from a fishing village to an upmarket yet laid-back spot. Nearby Gümüşlük is renowned for its charming seafront fish restaurants, and as it is located around the protected ancient site of Myndos, it is also safe from being developed. At the north of the peninsula is the now rather stylish village of Göltürkbükü, which offers chic, luxury boutique hotels and some superb restaurants.
We recommend combining a few nights on the Bodrum Peninsula with a few nights further south to get a real taste of Turkey’s beautiful Aegean coast.
For further details our selection of luxury and boutique hotels in Bodrum, simply get in touch with the Turkey team.