Bodrum

Travel Guide
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

Hotel Samara – All Inclusive
Hotel Samara – All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Kaynar Mevkii, Torba, Bodrum, Mugla, 48400
The price is Rs10,965 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Bodrum. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (117 reviews)
"Hotel is located off city center. Staff is very friendly and pleasing. Great customer service. Food was excellent and amazing beach!"

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2021

Hotel Samara – All Inclusive
METT Hotel & Beach Resort Bodrum
METT Hotel & Beach Resort Bodrum
Eskicesme Mah Haremtan Sok, Degirmenler Mevkii, Bodrum, 48400
The price is Rs22,795 per night from 28 May to 29 May
Stay at this beach hotel in Bodrum. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Bodrum Castle and Bodrum Beach are located nearby. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (43 reviews)
"Good but not perfect"

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2021

METT Hotel & Beach Resort Bodrum
Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay
Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay
5 out of 5
Yali Mahallesi, Hacigiden Caddesi No: 33/1, Bodrum, Mugla, 48400
The price is Rs25,504 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Bodrum. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (248 reviews)
"We spent 10 nights at the hotel just after it reopened for the season. The staff are delightful, so helpful and all keen to make our stay memorable. The beach is great and the sea beautifully clear, although very cold, [refreshing!] We will definitely go back soon."

Reviewed on 11 May 2022

Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay
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.
Alfa Apart Otel
Alfa Apart Otel
11 Sok. No. 6 Kadikalesi, Turgutreis, Bodrum, Mugla, 48000
The price is Rs1,583 per night from 20 May to 21 May
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Bodrum. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the overall value and the property condition ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (11 reviews)
"Although the condition of the hotel is not very good (which is reflected in the price), hosting was amazing. I strongly recommend for large groups, families or someone looking for basic facilities."

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2017

Alfa Apart Otel
Jasmin Elite Residence
Jasmin Elite Residence
Eski çesme Mah., Osman Nuri Bilgin Cad. No:54, Bodrum, 48400
The price is Rs4,096 per night from 19 May to 20 May
Stay at this business-friendly apartment in Bodrum. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (84 reviews)
"Very clean and spacious. I would stay there again if I am in Bodrum."

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2022

Jasmin Elite Residence
Alya Sierra Bodrum
Alya Sierra Bodrum
Torba Mah., Aycicegi Cad 3016, Bodrum, Mugla, 34000
The price is Rs28,380 per night from 19 May to 20 May
Stay at this business-friendly villa in Bodrum. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Bodrum Beach and Bodrum Castle are located nearby. ...
Alya Sierra 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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