Bodrum

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Bodrum featuring 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 CA $184 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 5-star luxury property in Bodrum. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our 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 Aug. 14, 2021

Hotel Samara – All Inclusive
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 CA $429 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
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 our 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 May 11, 2022

Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay
Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum
Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum
5 out of 5
Cennet Koyu Comca Mevkii, 314., Sokak No. 10, Golturkbuku, Bodrum, Mugla, 48400
The price is CA $1,639 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Bodrum. Enjoy free breakfast, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (90 reviews)
"It was an excellent holiday. Thank you for the whole Mandarin Oriental Bodrum team."

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2021

Mandarin Oriental, 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.
Jasmin Elite Residence
Jasmin Elite Residence
Eski çesme Mah., Osman Nuri Bilgin Cad. No:54, Bodrum, 48400
The price is CA $79 per night from May 29 to May 30
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 Apr. 26, 2022

Jasmin Elite Residence
Alya Sierra Bodrum
Alya Sierra Bodrum
Torba Mah., Aycicegi Cad 3016, Bodrum, Mugla, 34000
The price is CA $477 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this business-friendly villa in Bodrum. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Popular attractions Bodrum Beach and Bodrum Castle are located ...
Alya Sierra Bodrum
Vhillas Private Luxury Villa Azur
Vhillas Private Luxury Villa Azur
Torba Mah Kaynar Mevkii Usuluk Sk. N 8, Bodrum, Mugla, 48400
Stay at this business-friendly villa in Bodrum. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private pools. Popular attractions Bodrum Beach and Bodrum Castle are located ...
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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