A guide to Bodrum, one of Turkey’s best beach resorts

Located on the southern end of Turkey’s Aegean Coast, Bodrum, once known as Halicarnassus, is one of the country’s most popular beachside resorts, as well as being a yachting port.

Astounding beauty aside, Bodrum also boasts another unbeatable asset in the form of the ruins of the original Mausoleum – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Mausoleum was built as a funerary monument for the Persian satrap of Caria, King Mausolus (377-353 BC), and several monuments in the style of the original Mausoleum have been built in the centuries since, particularly by the Romans. Although bits and pieces have been used for various purposes since it was first built, such as embellishing the Castle of St Peter, some ruins still remain, as well as some artworks which are currently located in the British Museum.

The Castle of St Peter, a former Crusader fortress, is also a sight to behold. Taking shape in 1402, today the castle serves as the world’s foremost Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which first opened in 1962. Here visitors will find displays of the treasures rescued from shipwrecks throughout time, with some relics dating as far back as 1600BC.

Below the castle are two small but picturesque bays, making it a favourite spot for yachters, who have fallen in love with the views of the water and the backdrop of the medieval castle. For more views of the coast and the sea, the town also boasts its own small beaches, though there are even more beautiful beaches elsewhere on Bodrum’s peninsula. The peninsula is home to around a dozen other resort towns and villages, each overlooking their own stunning section of the Aegean coast.

Bodrum is also not only exciting by day, but is also renowned for its lively nightlife. If you’re looking to meet other holidaymakers, enjoy a few drinks or hit the dancefloor, Bodrum is definitely the place to go. The provincial governor once famously said: “If you want quiet, go somewhere else”, though fortunately there are several peaceful, private and quiet spots elsewhere in the peninsula just a short distance from the main town.

Where to stay

As well as standard high-rise chains, Turkey also has a lot of beautiful boutique hotels – you just need to know where to look! Browse our collection of boutique accommodation in Turkey for some fantastic finds. In the Bodrum area, 4Reasons Hotel and Bistro and Sandima 37 are both really great options for anyone seeking an authentic and unforgettable stay.


See our full collection of boutique hotels in Turkey here

Andrew is a firm believer that travelling like a local inevitably leads to the best off-the-beaten-path finds which truly make a destination remarkably more memorable. From traditional Indian festivals in humid Hyderabad to fresh seafood pasta by the Sorrentine Peninsula, he appreciates variety when travelling. He hasn't been everywhere, but it’s on the list.