The port town of Bodrum sits on a dazzling blue bay where the Mediterranean meets the Aegean Sea. A striking medieval castle, built by the Crusader Knights of Rhodes, guards the entrance to the town.
Bodrum attracts thousands of holidaymakers and sailors each year, for different reasons. Some people want to stroll along the long palm-lined waterfront; others head straight for the golden beaches. Elegant yachts adorn the marina which is very popular with charterers. Additionally, excellent windsurfing, kite surfing and water skiing are among the plethora of watersports available.
You can swim in clear blue, tideless, warm waters. Divers can take advantage of the numerous reefs and caves. Also, the sea offers a variety of marine life from sponges to octopus and a variety of multicoloured fish.
Bodrum has a lively, friendly atmosphere with plenty of colourful local art in its many art galleries. Therefore, there is an informal seaside feel to the town in the day. However, at night there is plenty of activity. The abundant seafood restaurants offer relaxed dining and Aegean cuisine. Also, the busy nightlife rocks until dawn with nightclubs ranging from small and sophisticated to impressive outdoor club venues.
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Halicarnassus was the capital of Caria and the birthplace of Herodotus. Consequently, the town of Bodrum is the evolvement of this ancient city. In Bodrum lies King Mausolous’ Tomb from the 4th-century B.C. Notably, this tomb is number five of the Seven Wonders of the World. Additionally, the medieval castle of St. Peter has been converted to be the Museum of Underwater Archeology.
The port of Bodrum and its boatyards have a lengthy history. Today, local artisans still build traditional yachts in the classical style. They make boats such as a Gullet with a broad beam and rounded stern. Additionally, they build Tirhandils which has a pointed bow and stern. Gullets feature in the annual October Cup Race and are suitable for pleasure trip cruises from the port.
Travelling around the Gulf of Gökova
Bodrum´s beautiful peninsula is perfect for holidaymakers who are looking for a subdued and relaxing atmosphere. There are charming villages on the tranquil bays all around the area. On the south coast, sandy beaches with orange and tangerine groves border the shoreline. Nearby Akyarlar enjoys a well-deserved reputation for its fine, white sand, recognised as one of the best beaches in the world. The picturesque village of Yalikavak has white-washed houses along its narrow streets, adorned with cascading bougainvillaea.
Chartering a crewed yacht will allow you to explore the quiet coves, citrus groves and tree-covered islands with the benefit of their local knowledge. Torba is 8 kilometres north of Bodrum. It is a modern village with a pleasant marina. Half an hour from Bodrum is the famous Grotto of Karaada (Black Island). You can swim in the warm mineral waters which flow from the rocks. The waters are believed to beautify the complexion!
The Greek island of Kos is 50 minutes ferry ride from Bodrum, with multiple services each day.
Bodrum has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate. Winter average temperature is around 15 °C with some humidity. The summer temperature average is 34 °C with plenty of sunshine.