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Top attractions in Bodrum

Top 6 things to do in and around Bodrum

Bodrum, Turkey has a fascinating history as an exile city where prisoners were sent. After the “Fisherman of Halicarnassus” did his time, he invited all his artist friends to the city. By the mid-forties it was a bohemian nightlife paradise.

  • Bodrum Castle of The Knights of St. John

    1. Bodrum Castle of The Knights of St. John

    This incredibly preserved medieval castle is also the fantastic Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Find yourself living the history of ancient mariners.

  • Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

    2. Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

    Maybe some of the oldest ruins you ever get to see, this tomb was built around 350 BC by the famous ancient Greek architects Satyros and Pythius of Priene.

  • Bitez Beach

    3. Bitez Beach

    This sleepy beach is the perfect place to relax. Have a drink at one of restaurants or take a nap on one of the public sunbeds.

  • Camel Beach

    4. Camel Beach

    Unlike Bitez, a rock beach, Camel Beach offers long stretches of white sand. Its waters are clear and electric blue, making it the perfect snorkel spot.

  • 5. Kara Ada

    Literally “black island” for its jet black ashy beaches, this series of islands is great for yacht hopping. Its mineral waters and muds are said to have healing powers.

  • Turgutreis

    6. Turgutreis

    Turkey is truly a wonderful country to hit the road. Drive a half hour west to find Turgutreis, known for its 5 kilometers of white sand beaches.

Frequently asked questions about Bodrum

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Planning Your Visit

  • Ask Before Photographing

    Many Bodrum residents will refuse to be photographed because of their religious beliefs, so it is especially important to ask before snapping all those beach pictures.

  • Take off Your Shoes

    It’s always appropriate to take off your shoes when entering a private residence or mosque.

  • Dress Code: What to Wear

    The city can be quite traditional, so use discretion when wearing shorts, skirts, sleeveless shirts, and bright colors.

Good to know

  • Language
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    From May until October the temperatures are warm and great for visiting the beach, but bear in mind that the hottest months are July and August, when the city's population nearly doubles due to the influx of visitors!

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What people are saying about Bodrum

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 470 reviews

Hey... It was a very special day for me because I made a Tour like this 13 years ago. A day full of memories. The area ist still very beautiful and the sea wonderful clear and perfect to swim. I enjoyed it not so big boat and not so many people. A very good atmosphere. All the people enjoyed the tour. And the staff was also very friendly and helped always with Informations and everything. The stops for swimming were long enough and the food served Taste quite good. Again... A perfect day for me. Well I Was very tired that day because I arrived same morning with the bus from Istanbul but so it was a good possibility to relax. The next time I will have more time for Bodrum because it's still great... Same like 13 years ago

Great value for the money we paid. We went for swimming in different beach spots, all of them beautiful and different. Nice lunch, they even offered tea and biscuits. The crew of the Boat they are all great people.

One of the best thing to do in bodrum . Trip very relaxing and enjoyable. Crew and staff are very helpful and friendly. I would suggest to anyone who visits bodrum not to miss such an amazing day in bodrum .

Cool tour, the guide is nice and helpful for all requests. Bring some cash along with you, the soft drinks/ice creams etc. are not included.

it was amazing and staff was friendly service was good, I will recommend every one will visit Bodrum to ha e this trip thank u again