Built around twin bays on the southwest coast of Turkey, Bodrum has made a name for itself with an alluring combination of nightlife, beaches and history. By day, visit the 15th-century St Peter’s Castle, with its shipwreck museum inside, or head to Bardakci Cove. By night, hit the beach bars for DJ beats and stylish summer parties. Here’s our guide to the top attractions and can’t-miss sights in Bodrum.
Ozgur – Captain Ozz – runs a laid-back, 40-person boat service that will whisk you out from Bitez jetty onto the glittering Aegean Sea. The all-inclusive package includes transfers from Bitez or Gumbet, lunch and drinks, including wine and beer. On board, there’s a sunbed for everyone and time for swimming. You’ll also land on Camel Beach, west of Bodrum, where you can ride a camel along the golden sand.
A novel and fun way to explore Bodrum city is by Segway, the motorised, two-wheel vehicle that you ride standing up. After your Segway training and safety talks, a guide will lead you on a route ranging between 30 and 120 minutes, using their native knowledge to make your tour fun, informative and memorable. Riding up and down hills, along bumpy backstreets, and through narrow lanes between bougainvillea-draped houses, Segways can easily tackle it all.
The Bodrum Amphitheatre is an extraordinary spectacle. See ancient history brought to life as you traverse this monument, built in the 4th century – one of the best-preserved sites of ancient Halicarnassus. Climb, sit and bask on the sun-bleached stones while you imagine the amphitheatre’s heyday, when crowds of 10,000 gathered here. The top of the amphitheatre delivers spectacular views of Bodrum, with sights spanning past and present in a way that encapsulates Turkey.