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Discover the fascinating history of Bodrum

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Moored at the hollow of a beautiful bay on the Aegean coast, Bodrum - formerly Halicarnassus - differs from the many resorts along the Turkish coast. Indeed, the one nicknamed "the Turkish St Tropez" offers a beautiful setting, a preserved architecture and a nightlife that sends locals and holidaymakers alike into a festive frenzy. Dominated by the magnificent castle of St Peter, the town has a typical Mediterranean charm: houses of whitewashed limestone façades, which disappear up the hillsides behind a beautiful marina and its forest of yacht masts. The city has nearly 25,000 inhabitants, but sees its population increase dramatically during the summer season. During the day, it shows its peaceful side, especially in the hottest hours of the afternoon. But it is only when the sun passes the horizon that suddenly it begins to show its other side : that of a true nocturnal animal. And during much of the night, the shops, bars, discotheques and restaurants remain open and do not empty.

To see

Three sites deserve your attention: the Castle of St Peter (and its Museum of Underwater Archaeology) , the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and the Antique Theatre on the main road that joins Bodrum and Gumbet. The museum is home to shipwrecks from Greek, Phoenician and Roman times. Be aware that there is not much left of the famous Mausoleum (once considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world) except the remains of its foundations and a few fragments of marble. But the same goes for another tourist site, Myndos Gate, unfortunately there is not much left of it.

To do

Bodrum has a large fleet of caics, traditional wooden sailing boats which, for the most part, are built in the surrounding shipyards. The port is an important basis for cruises during the week, but also for daily boat trips. The classic programme includes a tour to the Black Island and its hot springs, the fishing village of Ortakent, then a secluded cove for a mooring in the middle of turquoise water and a spot of lunch.

pros

  • +   Well-preserved environment
  • +  Excellent entertainment options
  • +  Beautiful landscapes and coastline
  • +   A variety of hotels for all budgets.

cons

  • -   The scarcity of real beaches.
  • -   Air services are conducted primarily by charter (at random times).

To think about

Places to go out at night are many, but the bulk of restaurants, bars and nightclubs are concentrated along the seafront, on the Eastern Bay (Cumhuriyet Street, right next to the castle). It is hard to recommend one particular address over another. You should know that the two most famous nightclubs, Catamaran and Halicarnassus are located at each end of the bay. Catamaran deserves a special mention, it is in fact a floating nightclub on a boat that leaves dock for a midnight cruise!

To avoid

If you prefer your peace and quiet, don't choose a hotel in the nightlife district as the Turkish like to party! And those karaoke parties will go all night long...

To try

Good meals are had at reasonable prices here. The fish is excellent as is the berek and baklava, other famous Turkish specialties. Do not hesitate to try kebabs!

To bring back

The lucky eye brings happiness and can be found in all Turkish homes. It watches over the home and protects it and its owner from bad energy. It exists in all different forms such as jewellery and decorative objects.

Weather Bodrum

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Bodrum . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Bodrum so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Bodrum , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather July
Overall rating 88/100
  • Temperature indicators 82% Hot / Optimal

    The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 30°C and 33°C.

  • Bad weather indicators 100% Dry / Optimal

    Little or no rain (less than 1.5mm per day).

  • Sunbathing indicators 98% Sunny / Optimal

    Sunny (over 80% sunshine).

  • Swimming indicators 76% Wind

    High air temperature (>24°C), pleasant to high sea temperature (between 22°C and 24°C), moderate to strong winds (between 12 mph and 18 mph).

  • Wind indicators 70% Warm breeze

    Near optimal comfort: strong to moderate winds (between 12 mph and 18 mph) in a warm atmosphere (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 78% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

What to see

Le château Saint-Pierre à Bodrum , St. Peter's Castle in Bodrum , Turkey
Le château Saint-Pierre à Bodrum
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