Undoubtedly one of the most popular holiday spots that Turkey has to offer, Bodrum encompasses everything you could hope for in a summer holiday. Soaring temperatures, the best of the country’s beaches coupled with plenty to see and do combine to make up just some of the allure; and the best part is that it’s suitable for all ages. Here’s an introduction to the ABC’s of Bodrum to further whet your appetite for this charming port town and surrounding area.
The ancient and modern elements of the town, plus the pretty marina and beautiful Aegean coastline merge wonderfully to present plenty of activities to keep you occupied.
Water sports abound, so why not use your holiday in Bodrum as the perfect opportunity to give scuba diving, snorkelling or jet skiing a go. Boat cruises and wind surfing are good fun on a sunny afternoon whereas river rafting makes for a fun water activity away from the beach!
Go shopping for some local, authentic souvenirs such as leather goods and blue glass beads for which Bodrum is famous and enjoy some delicious cuisine at one of the many eateries in the marina or along the waterfront.
To fully enjoy your holiday, why not also take a Turkish bath and relax with a Turkish massage, take a day trip to some of the nearby islands, enjoy a night of entertainment and watch traditional belly dancers, or embark on a jeep safari.
With your own transport, the fantastic beaches along the Aegean coast are your oyster. Whilst they all enjoy the beautiful azure Mediterranean Sea lapping on their shores, each beach also offers something a little different.
Ada Bogazi beach is found on the peninsular between Gumbet and Bitez but also goes under the name of Aquarium, thanks to the incredibly cleaabs’r water allowing you to see the sea floor 30m below in the open water!
Camel Beach will be sure to win over the kids, or big kids! Boasting golden sands, the calm waters are ideal for swimming but the real appeal is that once you have dried off, the brave can take a ride on a camel!
Bitez Beach lays 10km away and backed by tangerine orchards, is an exceptionally beautiful and peaceful beach. It is located in the bustling village of Torba, which is a short distance away and also worth a visit, among plenty more.
With a long history, perhaps one of the best ways to get an insight into the history and culture of Bodrum is to visit some of the museums and historical sites which litter both the city and the nearby countryside. Bodrum Amphitheatre is one of the best preserved structures to be found here and is a great introduction to the past of the city.
The famous Castle of St Peter is one of the most prominent landmarks in the city and will surely capture your attention as soon as you arrive. Another excellently preserved medieval structure and in fact one of the best in the world, the interior is now a museum and the views across the city from the castle windows are fantastic.
Nicknamed the “Cotton Castle” because of its fairy like, brilliant white cascade of petrified waterfalls, mineral forests and terraced basins, this UNESCO listed heritage site goes by the official name of Pamukkale. Renowned for its therapeutic waters, this has been a staple cultural site of Bodrum since the Roman times. A visit here will take your breath away!
So here’s just an overview of the ABC’s of Bodrum! Consider a holiday here in 2012 and you are sure to have a great time!