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Bodrum Travel Guide by Turkish Travelers

In this Bodrum travel guide, we'll share our top recommendations for visiting one of the best places in Turkey. Bodrum is a district of Mugla on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.

The city is home to the House of Heredot, the father of historical places on the Aegean coast, and the Mausoleum Halikarnassos, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Bodrum, Turkey (photo: Dave Lee)
Bodrum, Turkey (photo: Dave Lee)

Bodrum is a heaven in the visitors' minds thanks to its combination of the sea, sun, and beach.

You will see beautiful settlements, history, the sea, and lively entertainment in Bodrum. It's got everything for the making of unforgettable memories.

The Bodrum Peninsula consists of Aegean and Mediterranean climates. Since humidity is rare in summer and very low in winter, hot and arid summers and warm and rainy winters occur.

The History of Bodrum

Bodrum has an incredibly rich historical background. Bodrum has hosted many civilizations, from ancient to modern.

According to Heredot, born in 484 BC, Bodrum is an ancient region founded by the Dorlars and later conquered by the Carians and Lelegians. In 650 BC, the name of the city was changed to Halikarnassos.

Bodrum Castle, also known as St. Peter's Castle, was built in the 15th century by the Knights of Jean.

The city joined the Ottoman Empire in 1522, and its name was changed to Bodrum after the Republic's proclamation.

Over time, Todrum is thought to have developed from the town's medieval name, Petrium (Petrum, Potrum, and ultimately, Bodrum).

Historic Places

St. Peter's Castle belongs in any Bodrum travel guide (photo: Dave Lee)
Bodrum Castle (photo: Dave Lee)

The Bodrum Peninsula is full of historical, natural, and touristic sites to be visited and explored. Bodrum's city center has many places to be seen, from ancient ruins to modern architecture.

Bodrum Castle

Bodrum Castle is an ancient building built on a rocky peninsula surrounded by sea and connected to the land from the north.

While visiting Bodrum Castle, you will see five main towers: the British, French, German, Italian, and Spanish towers.

Underwater Archeology Museum

Bodrum Castle is home to the Museum of Underwater Archeology, established in 1979. Artifacts from underwater excavations and research around Bodrum are displayed.

The Underwater Archeology Museum also has the world's most extensive Eastern Mediterranean amphora collection.

In the Serce Harbor Glass Shipwreck Hall, the world's largest Islamic glass collection is presented due to the sinking of a boat in t025.

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

Mausoleum ruins (photo: Dave Lee)
Mausoleum ruins (photo: Dave Lee)

The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

A huge monumental tomb crowned by a 21-step, 46-meter high pyramid decorated with 36 columns in the Ionic order, with four horses pulling a chariot on top.

An earthquake first destroyed the ancient tomb, and then its stones were used to construct Bodrum Castle.

Unfortunately, many reliefs and sculptures belonging to this tomb were taken to the British Museum by British archaeologist C. Newton in 1856.

For this reason, you can find most of the pieces of this monument in the British Museum.

Ancient Theater

The Ancient Theater is one of the significant remains from the Hellenistic period. With a long rectangular structure, the theater has a capacity of 13,000 people and consists of three main sections.

The Antique Theater was organized as an open-air museum. It was built in the 4th century and has a beautiful view overlooking Bodrum and Bodrum Castle.

The theater is on the Bodrum-Turgutreis road and still hosts many concerts and festivals in summer.

Zeki Muren Museum

The Zeki Muren Museum was created by transforming the house of the famous singer.

Items on display from Zeki Muren include his stage costumes, paintings he made, awards, and everything related to his life. In the museum garden, you can also see a giant statue of the artist.

Entertainment Spots

Windsurfing (photo: Keo Oran, Unsplash)
Windsurfing (photo: Keo Oran)

Outdoor Sports

Bodrum is a paradise for sports enthusiasts. You can do water sports such as diving, sailing, surfing, water skiing, and windsurfing, plus trekking, jeep safaris, camping, and cycling.

Boat Tours

One of the most enjoyable activities in Bodrum is exploring the sea and bays with a daily boat tour.

While experiencing these fun rides, you can enjoy the sea, sun, and coastal scenery. Longer, multi-day boat tours are also available.


Bodrum nightlife offers many options for entertainment on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts.

Restaurants that offer the most delicious examples of Turkish and world cuisines, charming cafes, nightclubs where entertainment lasts until morning, countless bars where you can find all kinds of music, and the best drinks await you in Bodrum. On Bodrum Bar Street, the fun continues until sunrise!

Bodrum Marina Yacht Club

The Bodrum Marina Yacht Club offers a unique view overlooking the harbor and the castle. For this reason, it's a popular nightlife spot, too. 

Bodrum Marina Yacht Club is the only establishment that offers live music performances on its seafront stage every day during summer and winter.

There are three restaurants and four bars in Bodrum Marina Yacht Club that you can visit.

Water Parks

Water parks are ideal for families and children looking to have sun.

Two water parks on the Bodrum peninsula are independent of the hotels, plus others belonging to high-quality hotels.

Food and Drink

Happy hour (photo: Dave Lee)
Happy hour (photo: Dave Lee)

Delve into the unique tastes of Turkish, Mediterranean, and world cuisine in Bodrum.

Seafood and herbs are prevalent, as is the Kopoglu appetizer made from yogurt, herb roasting, and stuffed zucchini flowers.

Bergamot jam and sage oil are special flavors you must try; both are unique to the region.


For those who love shopping, Bodrum is one of the best places in Turkey. You can find every brand you would see in a metropolis and other big cities in Bodrum.

Bodrum is a holiday destination famous for its handicrafts and souvenirs. You can shop for handmade jewels and accessories.

Also, shopping malls are available in Bodrum for those who want to shop for specific brands.

Amusement and Theme Parks

The amusement and theme parks are ideal for families with children seeking a fun activity during their vacation.

Fun Town Yahsi Park in Ortakent and Country Ranch Equestrian Sports Club in Turgutreis are among Bodrum's popular amusement and theme parks.


Bodrum beach (photo: Mehmet Belet, Unsplash)
Beach (photo: Mehmet Belet)

The Bodrum Peninsula has many beautiful bays and popular holiday resorts with magnificent beaches.

Beach clubs are indispensable in enjoying the sea during the day and participating in colorful entertainment that lasts until the morning.

The most outstanding beaches in Bodrum are:

  • Bardakci
  • Gumbet
  • Bitez
  • Guvercinlik
  • Yalikavak
  • Turgutreis
  • Golturkbuku
  • Aktur
  • Ortakent
  • Karaincir
  • Gumusluk
  • Bagla
  • Akyarlar 

Places to Stay in Bodrum

In Bodrum, you can stay in luxurious holiday resorts, five-star hotels, small boutique hotels, or hostels to enjoy your humble holiday.

According to your needs and desires, you can choose a place to stay among the wide range of accommodation options. We recommend you book your hotel before arriving due to the high demand.

With its serene days and dynamic nights, Bodrum offers visitors various experiences. There's something for everyone!

Bodrum carries all the elements expected from a holiday region in the Mediterranean and more. No matter your purpose or how many times you go, you will discover new things to enjoy every time.

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