"This coastal city has never lost its rustic charm, and much of the city retains the same elegant style it has had for centuries."
Beautiful Bodrum HolidaysPlease note that Irish Passport holders arriving in Turkey from 10 April 2014 need to obtain an e-visa online before travel. You can apply for your e-visa on www.evisa.gov.tr
Once the home of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, Bodrum sparkles with the spine-tingling ruins of ancient civilisations scattered across the region. You’ll feel you’re walking in a timeless world on a laid-back holiday in Bodrum. Culture vultures will adore the snapshot into the past provided by Bodrum holidays.
Standing out among the architecture of days gone by, the stylish marinas, harbour-side shops and buzzing beachside bars now sprinkle the sugar-white shores. With sweeps of pure, unspoiled beaches, this area is fast becoming the hottest hangout for Turkey’s wealthy jet-setting elite. So sit back and soak up the exotic glamour of an incredible Bodrum holiday.
Bodrum Beach Holiday
AttractionsBodrum has long been a popular with tourists for it beaches. With its beautiful climate, it has the perfect setting to enjoy fine golden sandy beaches and clear waters. But apart from its exquisite beaches, it has wowed with tourists with its wide range of things to all within the vicinity of the beach. Boat tours are particularly popular and allow people to see a different side of Bodrum.
ActivitiesWater sports are popular here and you can find somewhere that will satisfy any of your needs. Windsurfing is popular with many visitors for a slightly slower paced type of water sport. Visitors interested in the sea life that waits below the water can try diving at one of the many diving schools.
Top beachesWith so many great beaches, you will be spoilt for choice. The most popular beach is Bodrum Beach which has clean sands and a great selection of water sports while remaining within walking distance of many of the restaurants and shops. Slightly away from the main tourist area is camel beach, aptly named due to camels that walk the beach. Some of the locals will let tourists take a ride on the camels.
HotelsBeach lovers should stay at the Voyage Turbuku, to be right on the edge of the hotel's private beach.
Bodrum Couples Holidays
AttractionsDespite being popular with tourists for its beaches, Bodrum has retained much of its local history and you and your loved one can spend a great day away from the beach exploring some of its historic landmarks. Start with the Myndos Gate which was built during the reign of Mausolos and has been the scene for many bloody battles. Its white windmills, made of stone and lined with wooden planks, were originally used to grind flour up until the 1970s, and are particularly popular with visitors.
ActivitiesSpend some quality couples time at a Hamam, a traditional Turkish bath that is the ultimate way to relax while away. These focus on using steam to relax and cleanse the body but many traditional ones keep men and women separate. The Bodrum Gulet has become quite a tourist attraction. Charter one for a good price and spend a romantic day at sea.
NightlifeThe vast number of things to do doesn't stop at nightfall, there is a great nightlife. Go to one of its open-air clubs and party under the stars or have a quieter night and enjoy a drink at one of the many seaside cafés or bars. Try Turkey's national drink, Raki, which is sure to be sold in every place you visit.
HotelsRelax in 5-star luxury at the Azka Hotel. Walk out of the hotel and straight onto your very own private beach. Treat yourselves to something extra special with a visit to the hotel's onsite spa. We love:
- The Azka Hotel
Bodrum Family Holidays
HotelsFor a truly luxurious experience, why not book into one of the NOA chain hotels? The 5-star Javelin Beach Club and Spa hotel, located on Bodrum bay in Ortakent, offers a great variety of rooms and amenities while taking up a prime position on the sea front.
The hotel offers plenty of fun-filled activities for families with young children and even has several water slides for its outdoor pool. Top Hotels:
- NOA Hotels
ActivitiesTake a look inland from the sea by chartering a yacht and taking to the waters. But if you prefer to get your feet wet then the clear waters are perfect for those who want to relax and swim in this beautiful location. But to please the family members who have tired of the beach, there are great places to shop for local wares and with markets taking place at the weekend you will be able to join the locals and scout out a bargain.
FoodPleasing everyone can be difficult while on holiday, but with the huge variety of restaurants even fussy eaters will be spoilt for choice. Sample some of the local cuisine or choose from a great selection of fresh locally caught fish.
AttractionsVisit the South West coast of Turkey, a well-loved tourist destination for those looking for good weather, good beaches and lots of things to see and do. Perfectly suited to a family vacation, it offers many attractions to keep everyone entertained. Visit Aquatica, the local water park or take a trip to Bodrum Castle for some cultural history. And with its well-maintained beaches, you are sure to have a fun-filled family holiday.
Ersan Resort and SpaJust outside the centre of the resort, this luxurious hotel has amazing views of the sea and the nearby Black Island. The hotel is surrounded by pine and palm trees and is the perfect place to relax.
For swimming, the hotel offers a huge spa and fitness area, as well as three large outdoor pools, a separate children's pool and indoor pool. There is even an aqua park. The kids club and entertainment will keep little ones occupied and for adults there is also evening entertainment.
There is a comprehensive buffet-style restaurant for all-inclusive meals as well as four à la carte restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world. There are several bars that serve drinks throughout the day and night.
Voyage TurkbukuThis hotel is in a beautiful location among pine trees and its own private pebble beach. There are two large pools and if you're feeling active then there are also tennis courts, aerobics classes and volleyball facilities.
The three restaurants serve traditional Turkish cuisine and seafood, as well as international dishes. Choose from one of the three bars or the pastry shop for snacks and drinks throughout the day.
Delfi HotelThe whitewashed buildings of the hotel give it a traditional feel, while the pool and terrace are surrounded by trees, making it the perfect place to enjoy the Turkish sunshine. You are also just a short walk away from the beach and centre of town if you want to explore the restaurants and nightlife.
The hotel boasts a relaxing spa where you can enjoy treatments and massages including a traditional Turkish bath.
The main restaurant serves a wide varety of cuisines at breakfast, lunch and dinner and you can choose from the three bars, including the poolside bar for drinks throughout the day.
Azka HotelIf you love beach holidays then this hotel couldn't be more perfect. Right on its own private beach, the Azka Hotel provides sunloungers for sunbathing and a variety of water sports on the beach. If you don't fancy the sand then the large outdoor pool and relaxing indoor pool are both great places to cool off after a morning of sunbathing.
There are two buffet-style restaurants serving a wide range of dishes that will have something to suit even the fussiest of eaters.
The gardens and rooftop terrace are a great place for sunbathing and taking in the stunning surroundings. If you're feeling sporty then you can play a game of tennis at the on-site court.
Things to do in Bodrum
You should try at least one of the boat trips which are on offer in the harbour. There are specialist fishing charters available, as well as plenty of pleasure rides which will take you out to sea to some wonderfully secluded swimming spots. And if you’re keen to venture even further, try the daily ferry trip to the Greek island of Kos. This south western corner of Turkey is famous for the beauty of its natural countryside, so if you’re looking to try something a little different try hiring a car and heading out on the open road. The nearby town of Turgutreis is just a short drive to the west of Bodrum, and is a particularly pleasant place to visit.
Historic HideawaysWith the spectacular beauty of its beaches and a simmering climate, there’s no wonder that Bodrum holidays are usually spent sunbathing on the beach or the sun terrace. A variety of sports and water-parks will keep the kids occupied as you watch the speedboats carving up the turquoise waters while enjoying an ice-cream from one of the waterside bars.
If you can bring yourself to part from your sun-lounger, there is much more to be discovered around the remains of the region’s ruined empires. With cliff-top castles, ancient amphitheatres and one of the biggest ancient cities in the world, you’ll feel like you’re travelling in time among the centuries-old landscapes. Check out Bodrum’s embattled Myndos Gate, the scene of one of Alexander the Great’s bloodiest victories. With a coastline dotted with dreamy white-washed windmills and sleepy fishing villages, it’s a dream you’ll never want to wake up from.
Let Off Some SteamWith a stunning array of 5-star family resorts, hideaway hotels and beachside villas, the only difficulty is deciding where to base your holiday in Bodrum.
With its arching golden sands, Altinkum is a strip of lively neon nightlife that is a perfect complement to discreet Didim, a next-door neighbour with a more traditional set up of tucked away restaurants and fascinating Roman ruins.
Just down the coast, Torba is the demure counterpart to Bodrum’s sun-soaked array of bars and clubs. An upmarket fishing village with just a few whitewashed hotels and restaurants, it’s the perfect place to hide away from the world.