Beaches, shopping, sports in stunning surroundings
The Bodrum peninsula boasts a whole host of ancient archaeological sites, nearly 200km of coastline, and more than 30 islands. You will find bustling and trendy beach resorts to the more tranquil and traditional resorts. Sandy and pebble beaches hosting a wide variety of watersports including snorkelling and scuba diving abound. You can also go by boat and explore many of the bays and coves that are only accessible by sea. In addition to a wonderful climate and fantastic scenery, there are delightful waterfront restaurants, friendly bars and fantastic shopping, especially in Bodrum with its covered bazaar, boutiques and markets.
Time Difference: GMT +3 hours
Currency: Turkish Lira
Bodrum experiences a typical warm Mediterranean climate with hot summers and cooler winters. From May to October temperatures average between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius with July being the hottest month. January is the coldest month with an average of 12 degrees. Rain in minimal in the summer months, but December can bring an average of 108mm.
A beautifully restored Roman theatre which is well worth a visit. When it was constructed, in the 4th century, it would have held an incredible 13,000 spectators. There are spectacular views overlooking the surrounding countryside from the top tiers of the theatre. During the summer months, there’s a full programme of events and concerts to experience.
Castle of St Peter
The number one destination for visitors to Bodrum, the Castle of St Peter, is set in a spectacular location overlooking the seafront. Constructed between 1402 and 1437 by the Knights Hospitallers of St John it now houses exhibits of the Museum of Underwater Archaeology and inside there is now a Mosque which was built during the Ottoman Empire.
The Old Town
For a taste of the real Turkey, a look at the old town is a must. Situated behind the Castle of St Peter, it’s a labyrinth of narrow pedestrian alleyways with white-washed stone cottages draped in grape vines. There’s also plenty of cafes and boutique shops to explore.