Bodrum Region Holidays
Bodrum Region Holidays – Beaches, culture and watersports
Located on the south-western corner of Turkey, the Bodrum Region consists of a small, rounded peninsula, with the azure waters of the Aegean Sea lapping its north coast and the Mediterranean breaking on its southern shores. This is a fantastic destination for a beach holiday, with a hugely diverse selection of beach experiences to choose from.
For a taste of the real Turkey, try the unspoilt traditional fishing villages of Turgutreis, Kadikalesi, or Yalikavak on the north western coast. These small coastal resorts have escaped the ravages of mass tourism and provide an insight into local life in the area, with small fishing vessels making their way out to sea in the mornings, atmospheric beachfront tavernas and picturesque working harbours.
Those who are after buzzing nightlife should consider Gumbet – fast becoming one of the most lively nightlife destinations in this area of Turkey, with hundreds of bars and clubs and a long sandy bay. For watersports enthusiasts, the beach at Bitez attracts windsurfers from all over the world due to its perfect wind conditions for sail-based watersports. And for a culture, the Old Town of Bodrum, with its narrow cobbled streets, crooked wooden houses and thousand-year old historic sites takes some beating.
Combine this with cycling, hiking and horse-riding in the countryside, boat trips along the coast, and excursions to ancient historical sites such as Miletus and Ephesus and you’ve got plenty of options!
As a top Turkish beach holiday destination, the Bodrum Region is unsurprisingly busiest during the peak summer months of June-August. Many of the resorts become doubly busy over this period as Turkish people also favour the region for their holidays. The summer months are also the hottest and most expensive months.
For lower prices and cooler temperatures, visit in April-May or September-October. The heat is less intense over these periods; perfect for outdoor activities such as walking or cycling. There are a number of festivals and events that occur in the Bodrum Region throughout the year, the majority of which are held in Bodrum city itself. These include:
- The Bodrum Bicycle Festival in Bodrum city, May
- The Bodrum Diving Festival in Bodrum city, May
- The Bodrum International Film Festival in Bodrum city, June
- The D-Marin Turgutreis International Classical Music Festival, July
- The Bodrum Festival in Bodrum city, July
- The Gumusluk International Classical Music Festival in Gumusluk, August
- The Bodrum Cup Wooden Yacht Festival in Bodrum city, October
Water sports are almost a national pastime in Turkey and the choice in Bodrum is excellent. The Turkish coast is famous for boating, sailing and yachting so whether you are an experienced deck hand or want to sit back and cruise past the ancient Aegean shoreline a trip can be arranged. The traditional wooden gulet is worthwhile considering as an alternative to a modern yacht and trips to the islands of Kos and Rhodes can be easily organised. Other water sports offered here are water skiing, jet skiing, snorkelling, scuba diving and wind surfing, which is of excellent quality due to the warm Mediterranean air and clear waters.
With world class water sports it is almost a prerequisite that there is a golden sand beach to relax on afterwards and the Bodrum region of Turkey is not short here either. Beaches stretch for miles in either direction along the coast and many have a blue flag so you always know the water is clean and safe for the kids. Although there are many to choose from, including hidden away gems, some of the well-known beaches are Gumusluk, Turgetreis, Akyarlar and Karaincir.
Steeped in ancient history, this area is home to some fascinating sites and ancient ruins, including the site of King Mausolous' Tomb, Bodrum Castle, the Amphitheatre, and the underwater city of Mindos. Visit the famous Turtle Beach at Dalyan, and experience the cleansing mud baths, or travel further afield to see the ancient city of Ephesus or the calcified rocks at Pummukale.
The Bodrum region is not an exclusive paradise for water sports so there is plenty of opportunity for the land lubber in you to have a game of tennis or golf. Within a short car drive you can hire horses and ride across the scenic countryside and in the cooler months hiking is recommended.
Nightlife & Shopping
The town of Bodrum has grown up with tourists in mind, moving from smaller fishing villages to a town with all the amenities you would expect from a world class tourist destination. During the summer season peak it can become quite busy but rarely crowded. In the evening the clubs, bars and restaurants come to life with choice being at the heart of the matter. If you are looking for a quieter night out then the Bodrum peninsular has a more traditional pace of life and far fewer clubs.
This corner of south-western Turkey enjoys some of the best weather in the country, with a typical Mediterranean climate. Spring sees temperatures of between 21-26C and between 9-11 hours of sunshine a day. June-August can get very hot, with average temperatures ranging between 30-34C and high well into the late 30’s and early 40’s. This period can get too hot for some people. Autumn begins to cool down again, ranging on average between 25-30C. The winter period is November-March, with temperatures of 14-20C and an increased chance of rainfall. It is possible to take winter sun holidays in Bodrum city over this time, but smaller resorts like Yalikavak and Kadikalesi will all but close down.
Holidays to the Bodrum Region are best booked as early as possible if you’re planning on visiting in the peak summer months of June-August. This is the most popular period with both international and Turkish holidaymakers, meaning the best-priced rooms and most popular hotels will sell out fast. For cheaper prices consider visiting in the off-peak months of April-May and September-October. If you’re willing to make a late booking, you can pick up some fantastic last minute bargain holidays.
Another way of lowering the cost is to opt for an all inclusive holiday to the Bodrum Region. While the initial price may be a little more expensive, you won’t have to worry about forking out for meals or drinks for the duration of your holiday. Find the best prices we have to offer by looking at the deals below or alternatively by visiting our late deals page here.
The Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV) is the hub that services the Bodrum Region. The airport is situated around 36km north east of Bodrum city, and within 55km of most of the resorts on the Bodrum Peninsula. When you land here, you’ll find a large, clean and modern airport that was constructed in the late 90’s. A good selection of shops and restaurants are found at the Arrivals and Departures areas, as well as care hire, currency exchange bureaus and cash machines. There are two terminals here – an international and a domestic one – and a third under construction due to be completed in 2012.
The easiest way to get to resorts in the Bodrum Region is by taxi. Taxis are located outside the Arrivals hall at the international terminal. A large sign displays the prices of fares to various resorts in the region. Taxis can be pre-booked through companies such as Bodrum Transfers.
Alternatively, you can catch a shared shuttle taxi. – typically a minivan This will be cheaper as you split the cost of the fare with other holidaymakers, but can take a lot longer than a private transfer depending on the number of stops. Shared taxis can be booked though companies such as A-T-S.net.
There is also a public bus service to most of the resorts in the Bodrum Region. Fist you’ll have to catch a Havas bus from outside the international terminal to the main bus depot in Bodrum. From here you can get on a connecting bus to various resorts on the Bodrum peninsula. This is a much cheaper option, but can take far longer as the buses are notoriously slow.