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Greek ruins and Christian castles stand alongside seaside hotels and umbrella-lined beaches in this resort town built on an ancient city.

The home of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Bodrum is now one of the world’s richest historical sites. Museums, archaeological digs and ancient artifacts are scattered throughout the city. Additionally, Bodrum is a resort town that attracts thousands of tourists every year to its beachside hotels. Enjoy both modern luxuries and ancient wonders in this city on the Aegean Sea.

More than two millennia ago, Bodrum was the Greek city of Halicarnassus. In the 4th century B.C., a 164-foot (50-meter) high tomb was built here forKing Mausolus. It was later named one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Visit the ruins of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus to see a scale model of the marble tomb alongside many pieces from its pillars and reliefs.

Bodrum Castle, which rests on a peninsula south of the city, was built in large part from stones taken from the ruined mausoleum. Pay to enter this 15th-century structure built by Christian crusaders. Today, the castle houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which exhibits well-preserved relics taken from dig sites and shipwrecks from around the area.

Further ancient artifacts can be found in the northern hills of the city. Catch a concert at the 4th century B.C. Amphitheatre or climb up into the only remaining portion of the Halicarnassus city wall at Myndos Gate.

Spend a day enjoying the Aegean Sea. Walk the long beach lining Gumbet Bay. Swim in the protected waters of the small Bardakci Beach, featuring umbrellas and sun loungers provided by the neighboring seaside resort. Book a spot on a dive boat to explore the local waters. Colorful fish, shipwrecks and even underwater plane wrecks can be found nearby.

Visit Bodrum during the mild months between November and April for the most pleasant experience. Reach the city through the Milas-Bodrum Airport, which is 21 miles (33 kilometers) north of town. Flights from Istanbul arrive here daily. Take a taxi into Bodrum from the airport. Most of the city’s historical attractions are closed on Mondays, but the beaches are always open.

Where to stay in Bodrum

Bodrum Beach showing a pebble beach and night scenes

Bodrum City Center

4.5/5Wonderful!(109 area reviews)

Bodrum City Center is known for its pristine beaches, and you can make a stop by Bodrum Beach and Bodrum Marina while in the area.

Bodrum City Center
Yalikavak City Center, Bodrum, Mugla, Turkey

Yalikavak City Center

While Yalikavak City Center may not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Yalıkavak Marina and Yalikavak Beach.

Yalikavak City Center

Top hotels in Bodrum

Eda Motel
Eda Motel
Göltürkbükü Mah, Inönü Cad, No:61/B, Bodrum, Mugla
The price is Rs8,593 per night from 31 Oct to 1 Nov

Situated near the beach, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Turkbuku Beach and Golkoy Beach. Kucukbuk Beach and Gundogan Beach are also within 6 miles (10 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)

"We travelled as a family. It has a great location. The staff and the owners took care of us like a their family. We had a wonderful time."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jul 2020

Eda Motel
Mandarin Oriental Bodrum
Mandarin Oriental Bodrum
5 out of 5
Cennet Koyu Comca Mevkii, 314., Sokak No. 10, Golturkbuku, Bodrum, Mugla
The price is Rs34,369 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

This Bodrum hotel is on the beach, 2 mi (3.2 km) from Golkoy Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Turkbuku Beach and Gundogan Beach. Kucukbuk Beach and Torba Beach ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (59 reviews)

"Flawless. Staff, facilities, food, hygiene, service..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2020

Mandarin Oriental Bodrum
The Bodrum EDITION
The Bodrum EDITION
Dirmil Mahallesi, Balyek Cd. No 5A, Bodrum, Mugla

Located in Bodrum, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 16 mi (25 km) of Bodrum Marina, Bodrum Windmills and Bodrum Castle. Museum ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (41 reviews)

"Fantastic first experience here at the Bodrum Edition. We stayed for three nights and absolutely loved it. The staff are fabulous, always on hand to offer assistance, advice and smiles. 😁 Would highly recommend this hotel for its serenity, stunning views and first class service. We look forward ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2020

The Bodrum EDITION
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Bodrum

BO023 Bodrum
BO023 Bodrum
Yalikavak Mah, Bodrum, Mugla
The price is Rs6,427 per night from 30 Oct to 31 Oct

Situated near the beach, this villa is within 1 mile (2 km) of Yalıkavak Marina and Yalikavak Beach. Magi Beach and Yalikavak Windmills are also within 3 miles ...

BO023 Bodrum
Casa Bodrum
Casa Bodrum
Nergiz Sokak No 24, Gumbet, Bodrum, Mugla
The price is Rs1,747 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in Bodrum City Center, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Oasis Mall, Bodrum Marina and Bitez Beach. Bodrum Beach and Bodrum Castle ...

3.7/5Good! (27 reviews)
Great for budget stay

"We only stayed one night but we were happy with our stay for what we paid for. The staff were friendly and helpful, however the bed was rock hard and the bathroom flooded from the shower. We were so worried the whole appartment would flood. A little far from the town centre however, staff directed ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2015

Casa Bodrum
Vhillas Private Luxury Villa Azur
Vhillas Private Luxury Villa Azur
Torba Mah Kaynar Mevkii Usuluk Sk. N 8, Bodrum, Mugla
The price is Rs110,328 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Situated in Bodrum, this villa is within 6 mi (10 km) of Bodrum Marina, Bodrum Castle and Bodrum Ancient Theater. Myndos Gate and Mausoleum at Halicarnassus ...

Vhillas Private Luxury Villa Azur
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Bodrum


Top Destination

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 53.84615384615385%
4 - Good
4 - Good 33.84615384615385%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 9.23076923076923%
2 - Disappointing
2 - Disappointing 3.076923076923077%
1 - Terrible
1 - Terrible 0%

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

2 Nov 2019

There were stray cats disturbing your meals, flies everywhere you turned, bland food with flies and visible dirt where the food was.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Oct 2019

Weather was wonderful

3/5 - Okay


14 Oct 2019

We only went into Bodrum for a morning using a taxi costing 120 Turkish Lira and came back by minibus from the bus station (6.5 Turkish Lira each). We found Bodrum noisy and crowded and a big contrast to our much quieter resort.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Oct 2019

Good shopping could do with a bit of a face lift and to keep its charm but on the whole a nice place to visit

2/5 - Disappointing


5 Oct 2019

Town of Bodrum we did not like, when we went for the day. Gumusluck was great.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Oct 2019

Not many places of interest.

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Yalikavak Beach featuring a coastal town


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