For centuries, Bodrum has been considered a place of great scenic beauty and natural wonder, and now it adds great beaches and tourist hotspots to this list of accolades. The peninsula is home to some of Turkey's most well-loved tourist resorts, including Gumbet and Kusadasi, and Bodrum Town. Each resort has its own identity and something different to offer, meaning there's a resort to suit everyone on a Bodrum holiday!
Things to Do
Most notably, Bodrum is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the Tomb of Mausolus. Completed in the 4th century BC, this mausoleum was built for a satrap – a form of governor - of the Persian Empire and his wife. Bodrum Town has Bodrum Castle and the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and snorkelling or boat trips are popular ways to explore the coastline of this beautiful area.
Food and Drink
There's a variety of food options on offer during a holiday in Bodrum, from high-class restaurants to all inclusive resorts to street food from traditional markets. Kebabs make for a much more appetising meal option than in Britain, and 'meze' (small sharing platters of food) is a common way to eat a meal. Gözleme, a thin pancake filled with cheese, vegetables and meat, is a popular Bodrum snack, and you have to try a Turkish coffee!
Gumbet, a small resort near Bodrum town, is first and foremost a party town, attracting groups and young couples to its shores to enjoy the bars, beaches and watersports on offer.
Beach bums will find their heaven on Kusadasi's 8 beaches. There are also waterparks and hot springs on offer for those who can't bear to be out of the water!