Drive for 35 minutes and you'll reach Bodrum, a port town on the southern coast of Turkey.
With a charming contrast of old and new, the city itself is a treasure chest of attractions while, further afield, ancient historical and natural sights beckon for your attention. The coast is also a big draw, as is the great nightlife with plenty of bars and clubs to plant yourself in until the small hours. There's a little something for everyone here!
Sightseeing in Bodrum
When you arrive in Bodrum, the best way to kick off your explorations is with a visit to the majestic Bodrum Castle. Dating from 1402, it’s easily the most remarkable landmark in the city. As an added bonus, the views from the top are wonderful. Afterwards have a wander around the attractive marina and soak up the sun.
Elsewhere, a walking tour is a great way to get to grips with the city; uncover the local market and small shops. Once you've shopped 'til you're about ready to drop, sample some tasty local cuisine.
The beaches are of course lovely in this area so take your hire car for a drive along the coast one afternoon. Take in the picturesque scenery and stop off at a local cafe and sample some apple tea.
Day Trips From Bodrum
Pay Pamukkale a visit. Often referred to as the 'Cotton Castle', this is one of the most extraordinary and individual sites that Turkey has to offer and is well-known around the world. There are thermal pools and a spa here too.
Visit the remains of the village of Dalyan. It will take you just under three hours to travel here so you might want to plan an overnight stay. The area boasts a great beach, an abundance of wildlife, and the remains of an ancient city. You can also visit the rock tombs nearby in Caunos. On the way back, visit the incredibly popular resort of Marmaris.
For a shorter day trip, consider a visit to the bustling resort of Didim, just over 90 minutes away. The Temple of Apollo, and the ancient cities of Miletus and Priene are well-worth a visit.