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Bodrum holidays 2020
Families and beach lovers will love Bodrum with its unbeatable combination of turquoise seas and fantastic activities. Plus, the prices on flights and hotels are fantastic in Bodrum, making it a top cheap holiday destination. Due to the great prices, perhaps you'll find Bodrum is great for a student holiday too!
Nestled on the scenic south-west coast of Turkey, where the Mediterranean meets the Aegean Sea, it is just a short transfer from the nearest airport and is only a 4-hour flight from the UK, so you could be soaking up the Turkish sun in no time at all.
There is everything from historical sites to modern marinas for you to explore nearby. You can spend a day away from the beaches, hire a boat from the Marina and sail to the beautiful island of Karaada or simply cruise along the Aegean coastline. For a great family day out head to the Dedeman aqua park or spend the day being pampered at one of the traditional Turkish baths.
Why not take in some history and visit the 15th century St Peter’s castle which provides one of the central features of the town. By night, the marina comes alive with many buzzing nightspots to choose from. The central square has a great selection of restaurants to choose from, so whether you try the traditional mezes or are looking for some home comforts, there’s something to suit everyone!
Bodrum at a glance
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Must-visit historical sites
Visit Ephesus for a historical touch to your Bodrum holiday
Explore the local markets
Check out the local Tuesday market in Bodrum's town
Hit the nightlife & bar scene
Once the night falls, make your way to Bar Street for pubs, bars and a lively holiday atmosphere
Sample the local food
Try some of Turkey's delicious delights during your Bodrum holiday, from tasty Borek to scrumptious kebabs
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Things to do in Bodrum
This cultural was once the site of the ancient city of Halicarnassus, home to the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Unfortunately the mausoleum suffered destruction in the Middle Ages at the hands of a powerful earthquake. Luckily the town is still home to many signs of this ancient world, ensuring that there are many interesting and historic things to do in Bodrum.
Alongside this cultural and historic appeal, Bodrum’s attractions have evolved in parallel to the destination becoming one of the centres of the tourism industry in Turkey. Museums and archaeological sites can make way for a beach lifestyle, a burgeoning water sports scene, and vibrant party tourism; resulting in a diverse range of attractions that make Bodrum a fantastic holiday destination.
One of the obvious landmarks of Bodrum is the town’s striking castle. Built from 1402, the attractive landmark also functions as a popular museum which documents and showcases all there is to know about underwater archaeology. Many culture vultures flock to discover the historical things to do in Bodrum, including sites and secrets based around the ancient city of Halicarnassus. Bodrum’s immaculately preserved amphitheatre is a great example of this area’s past treasures, while a visit to the foundations of Halicarnassus’s famous mausoleum are equally as impressive. The old city gates, also known as Myndos Gate, were the scene of a bloody battle during the siege of the city by Alexander the Great. Today they more or less lie in ruin, but their diminished grandeur is salvaged by a stunning location and a similarly attractive backdrop.
Best beaches in Bodrum
For the beach lovers among you, the coastline is scattered with nearby sandy beaches. Whilst it doesn’t have its own beach, the nearby blue flagged beach at Bitez is perfect for children and families and offers all the water sports you can imagine. If you’re looking for something a bit more peaceful, Gumbet’s idyllic beach is lined with café’s and bars, where you can sit back and admire the beautiful sea views.
The relaxed beach lifestyle and chilled dining in Bodrum can be enough to help soothe any ruffled feathers. But Bodrum allows you to go beyond that simplicity and gain the maximum state of relaxation. A good starting point would be the town’s local Hamam, a local Turkish bath spa found opposite the bus station. Here you can enjoy a range of treatments from massage to foam baths. For a completely differed type of bath, you can head to the mud baths found a short journey away from Bodrum Town. If you’d prefer to stay around the water, Bodrum attractions include an active sailing and yachting scene. Windward Islands is a great yacht charter company that will allow you to head out on your own, or with a hired crew, and relax to the bobbing of the sea, as well as providing some memorable coastal views from the crystal clear Aegean Sea.
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