Bodrum

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Bodrum showing a coastal town and a marina

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

Senses Hotel
Senses Hotel
Kumbahce Mahallesi, Ataturk Caddesi no. 179, Bodrum, Mugla
The price is Rs5,457 per night from 16 Oct to 16 Oct
Located in Bodrum City Center, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kumbahçe Plajı and Bodrum Beach. Bodrum Marina and Bodrum Castle are also within 2 miles (3 ...
4/5Very Good! (207 reviews)
"I stayed here for 4 days last month and I was extremely pleased. The staff exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend this resort."

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2021

Senses Hotel
Royal Asarlik Beach Hotel & Spa - All Inclusive
Royal Asarlik Beach Hotel & Spa - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Asarlik Mevkii, Adnan Menderes CD, Gumbet, Bodrum, Mugla
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs7,578 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Located in Bodrum City Center, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within 2 mi (3 km) of Bitez Beach, Bodrum Windmills and Bodrum Marina. Bodrum ...
3.5/5Good! (144 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2021

Royal Asarlik Beach Hotel & Spa - All Inclusive
Asteria Bodrum Resort - All Inclusive
Asteria Bodrum Resort - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Asarlik Mevkii Guembet, Bodrum, Mugla
The price is Rs8,616 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
Nestled on the beach, this Bodrum City Center resort is within a 15-minute walk of WOW Beach and Bitez Beach. Bodrum Beach and Bodrum Marina are also within ...
3.9/5Good! (223 reviews)
"Mosquitoes were a big problem"

Reviewed on 7 Sep 2021

Asteria Bodrum Resort - All Inclusive
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.
Jasmin Elite Residence
Jasmin Elite Residence
Eski çesme Mah., Osman Nuri Bilgin Cad. No:54, Bodrum
The price is Rs5,337 per night from 19 Sep to 19 Sep
Located in Bodrum City Center, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bodrum Windmills and Bodrum Marina. Bardakci Bay and Bardakci Beach are also ...
4.3/5Excellent! (56 reviews)
"Very nice modern accommodation. We stayed in a 2 bdr apartment. It had everything we needed: dishwasher, washing machine, etc. Free multilevel basement parking was also very convenient. We will definitely be back."

Reviewed on 8 Jul 2021

Jasmin Elite Residence
Vhillas Private Luxury Villa Azur
Vhillas Private Luxury Villa Azur
Torba Mah Kaynar Mevkii Usuluk Sk. N 8, Bodrum, Mugla
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
The Elysium Miramar Bodrum
The Elysium Miramar Bodrum
Kibris Sehitleri Cad, Yokusbasi Mah, Bodrum, Mugla
The price is Rs29,322 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Located in Bodrum City Center, this villa is within 1 mile (2 km) of Bodrum Farmers' Market, Bodrum Bar Street and Bodrum Maritime Museum. Bodrum Beach and Bodrum ...
4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay at The Elysium Miramar. The villa (N1) we had was nice, just needs a little TLC. It was quiet and very relaxing."

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2020

The Elysium Miramar Bodrum
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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