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The Top 10 Things to Do and See in Bodrum, Turkey
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The Top 10 Things to Do and See in Bodrum, Turkey

Picture of Ayse Huseyin
Updated: 9 February 2017
Located on the Turkish coast, the city of Bodrum offers a comprehensive tourist experience, expertly blending the commercial, the cultural and the unique. Whether you’re a keen historian, intrepid explorer, or a shopaholic, Bodrum has something for everybody.
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St Peter’s Castle

Elegantly standing guard on the shore, this well-preserved castle is an essential stop for those keen to bask in a beautiful monument to Turkey’s past. Within there are many artifacts found in the local area. The castle’s tall tower looks out over the horizon and offers excellent views of the land and sea. It would be our particular recommendation to schedule your visit for later in the afternoon, not only for the cooler weather but to witness a breathtaking sunset from the tower.

St Peter’s Castle, KaleCad., Bodrum City, Turkey, +90 252 316 2516

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Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology

An adjoining feature of the Castle of St. Peter, the Museum of Underwater Archaeology is a fascinating and unique attraction for this coastal region. Naturally, in a country as historically rich as Turkey, archaeological exploration is fruitful both on land and sea. This is your opportunity to see some of the many preserved relics that have been uncovered from beneath the waves and evoking a beautiful and noble civilization, lost to the past.

Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, Castle of St. Peter, Bodrum City, Turkey, +90 252 3162516

Ozzlife Boat Tours

This is regarded by many tourists, as the very best attraction in all of Bodrum. Jump aboard and enjoy a leisurely cruise around the coast. Marvel at the effortless magnificence of the terrain, enjoy food and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and benefit from the wealth of knowledge of the entire crew! You can be sure that every need and question will be addressed with the infamously friendly attitudes of the staff. This is without doubt the most relaxing and luxurious way to see the shore!

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Palmarina

The Palmarina is Bodrum’s newly renovated marina that we definitely recommend you visit! Take a leisurely stroll beneath palm trees, be lulled by the to and fro of the tide, admire the yachts docked by the pier and immerse yourself in the unique night life that port-side towns enjoy! The marina consists of shops selling anything from clothing to souvenirs, cafes, restaurants and bars. End the perfect day with the perfect night at Palmarina.

Palmarina, CokertmeCd, Yalikavak, Turkey, +90 252 311 0600

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Gumusluk

Almost every local in the know in Bodrum will fervently recommend a visit to Gumusluk. The area is infused with an intoxicating and artisan tranquility that will propel you deeper and deeper through it’s winding, cobbled streets. The beaches are clean and excellent for families, the restaurants all overlook the sea and serve fresh and delicious local delicacies. To visit Gumusluk is a brief visit to paradise!

Gumusluk, SeashoreEsplanade, Gumusluk, Turkey

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Bardakci Cove

This is known for being one of the most beautiful spots in all of Bodrum. If you’re lucky enough to be staying in a hotel in the area, you can enjoy the stunning views of the cove, the beaches, the palm trees and the many tourist amenities and man-made features in the area. Whether you’re seeking a luxurious day by the sea or a high-paced day of retail therapy, you can create your dream vacation right here!

Bardakci Cove, Salmakis Cad. No:2, +90 252 316 8389

Aegean Gingers Segway Tours

This newest craze in leisurely transportation makes a novel and fun way for you to explore this beautiful city. Many agree that this is the best way to view many of the town’s unmissable landmarks. As well as receiving a Segway, some basic training and safety talks, your groups will be provided with a guide. This guide will be an expert on the local area and will use their native knowledge to make your tour fun, educational and unlike any other tour provided in Turkey! Don’t delay to sign up as all skill levels are catered for.

Bodrum Amphitheatre

The Bodrum Amphitheatre is an extraordinary spectacle. See ancient history brought to life at your feet as your traverse a monument build thousands of years ago! Climb, sit and bask on the sun-bleached stones and marvel at the unique chance that you have to access the most organic interaction with the past of your life! Additionally, the top of the amphitheatre offers incredible views of the rest of Bodrum and so past and present will collide in a way it only could in Turkey.

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Zeki Muren Arts Museum

The Zeki Muren Arts Museum is built in tribute to Zeki Muren a famed Turkish singer, composer and actor. The museum is located in the celebrity’s last residence before his death. He is celebrated for his contributions to music much like Elvis. The museum consists of many of his personal effects, souvenirs of his illustrious career, merchandise, and information that explains in no uncertain terms, how Muren became just a force in Turkish contemporary music.

Zeki Muren Art Museum, Zeki Muren Cad. Icmeler Yolu No:12 | Bodrum Merkez, Bodrum, Turkey, +90 252 313 1939

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Yahsi Beach

Of the many beaches in Bodrum, Yahsi beach is one of the best. Sprawl across a sun lounger, drink in hand, and allow yourself to be entranced by the pristine golden sands, the clear and shallow waters, and the soft summer breezes. The beach is also within close proximity to many food establishments so that everything you need for a relaxing day, is just a stones throw away! You needn’t lift a finger unlit sunset!

Yahsi Beach, Ortakent, Turkey