Bodrum holidays

Essential Information

When To Go

Spring, Summer, Autumn
April, May
June – August
September – November

Getting There

99 £GBP

LCY → BJV

Stay There

37 £GBP

3-star hotel

Visas

eVisa required

Up to 3 months

Currency
Turkish lira
1.00 USD = 3.56 TRY
CURRENT WEATHER
Rain
+27°C
Airport Transport

Taxi: 12 £GBP (40 min)
Bus: 3 £GBP (50 min)
Shuttle: 4 £GBP (50 min)

Restaurants
Lunch ≈ 3.50 £GBP
Dinner (for two) ≈ 11 £GBP
Espresso ≈ 2.05 £GBP
Bottled water ≈ 0.30 £GBP
Health & Safety
Travel insurance is recommended
Emergency numbers:
Ambulance: 112
Police: 155

Why Bodrum

Set on the southern coast of Turkey Bodrum has plenty of feathers in its cap. The peninsula earned the first of them due to its beaches. As the shore stretches out beside the Aegean Sea, it transforms from busy beach resort to secluded cove and back again.

In places like Bodrum town, Turgutreis, Gumbet and Bitez, the trifecta of sun, sea and sand is served with lively nightlife and the full gamut of shops, cafes and restaurants for an amazing Bodrum holiday. In Turkbuku and Torba, meanwhile, you will find swathes of sand that bear fewer footprints yet there is still a multitude of traditional tavernas.

When to go

Temperature: Bodrum experiences average winter lows of 12 degrees Celsius climbing to an average of 29 degrees Celsius at the peak of summer.

Best time for holidays to Bodrum: Between June and September.

At the start of spring in Bodrum temperatures climb to a comfortable 21 degrees Celsius at the peak of the season. There are some spring showers to watch out for in March, which is the wettest month, but when summer comes, there is practically no rain and you can enjoy up to 12 hours of sunshine per day. The weather remains warm enough for swimming in autumn, while the winters stay mild enough for you to get out and discover the attractions.

Where to go/stay

In the town itself, picturesque Bodrum is beloved for its narrow streets lined with white-washed houses covered in vines. On your holidays to Bodrum you will discover the glamour and buzz of this resort town. For a relaxing beach, visit Gumbet, this is a fully self-contained resort with a big beach and plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars.

In Bodrum, partyers can join the hip and cool at Halikarnas, a lavish outdoor nightclub.

For history buffs a visit to the medieval Castle of St Peter is a must, it also houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

From bustling Bodrum, for beach lovers a trip to the tiny Torba will uncover a beach that has all the charm of a fishing-village and is surrounded by hills covered in olive groves.

Things to do

On your Bodrum holiday be sure to visit the Castle of St Peter, aka Bodrum Kalesi, a landmark in Bodrum that is surrounded by picture-perfect beaches, the five towers house a 7th century Byzantine wreck in the Museum of Underwater Archaeology. At Bodrum Hamam you can feel like a Sultan as you get the full treatment at this traditional Turkish bath. Luxury yachts owned by visiting celebrities bob in the harbour – and the owners might just be spotted at the top nightspot, Halikarnas, which overlooks the water.

Bodrum is Turkey’s capital of cool, meaning the nightlife ranges from stunning live shows to parties held on glass-bottom boats, featuring world-famous DJs. The Helikarnas nightclub has legendary status, it has been running since 1979, with a capacity to hold 5,000 people, it’s the largest outdoor club in the world. Meanwhile, Club Catamaran is a floating luxury nightclub where the water, and the sea life, can be seen beneath the glass-bottomed dance floor.

There’s more about holidays to Bodrum than just the nightlife – its attractions are plentiful enough to keep you occupied throughout the day. Climb over the ruins of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus– it was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – once it had 36 columns and a 24-stepped pyramid. There is a realistic reconstruction that allows you to wonder at how it once was. For the kids there’s the Bodrum Dedeman Aquapark with plenty of first class slides and attractions.

Choose to dine at the marina for Bodrum’s most fashionable eateries. Take a seat in the open courtyard and enjoy the summer breeze during your Bodrum holiday while people-watching at Kuba Bar and Restaurant, which is a chic centre for Mediterranean cuisine. At the Marina Yacht Club you will be spoiled for choice, it offers three restaurants, serving anything from kebabs to fresh lobster.