Bodrum is one of the major holiday resorts on the Aegean coast. Bodrum is completely different to the other major resorts in Turkey in terms of its architecture and appearance comprising mainly of low rise whitewashed buildings.
The history of Bodrum can be traced back over 5,000 years. The Mausoleum which is Bodrum’s oldest antiquity was built by Artemisia II in honour of her husband King Mausolos and was one of the seven wonders of ancient world. The great amphitheatre which overlooks the resort was built around 300 BC. The Castle of St. Peter built by the Knights of St. John in the 1400’s is the most prominent structure in Bodrum today and houses a world renowned museum specialising in underwater archaeology.
Bodrum marina is a truly magical place where traditional Gulets and small fishing craft vie for space with luxury yachts and massive cruise liners.
As you would expect Bodrum offers a wide range of international restaurants, bars and clubs to suit every taste from small marina front bars with local traditional live music to the spectacular open air night club which is Halikarnas.
Probably the only think which Bodrum lacks is a good beach but its satellite resorts of Gumbet and Bitez more than compensate in this regard.
Gumbet is just 2 km from Bodrum and Bitez is 5 km and all three are connected by the frequent and cheap local minibus Dolmus service. Both of these have now developed as holiday resorts in their own right and Gumbet, in particular, offers a range and choice of restaurants, bars etc to rival Bodrum.
Water sports abound in the Bodrum area with daily picnic boat tours, scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing and many more available within a short distance from your chosen accommodation. There are a number of aqua parks and jeep safaris are another popular activity. Excursions include the magical cotton castles of Pamukkale, the ancient city of Ephesus and day trips to the nearby Greek island of Kos.
Transfer time by coach from Bodrum/Milas international airport is about 40 minutes.