Bodrum Holidays

Bodrum Holidays – A bustling city of contrasts

The bustling resort of Bodrum on Turkey’s south-western coast really is a city of two halves. The eastern end of the town has a long thin beach, backed by bars and nightclubs that cater very much to the British package holiday crowd. Think neon strip lighting, English breakfasts and Only Fools and Horses played on repeat. Travel westwards however and you’ll find a charming harbour with upmarket cafes and excellent restaurants, as well as a beautiful promenade that makes for a lovely evening stroll.

Compared to some of the other large and lively resorts in Turkey such as Marmaris or Kuşadası, Bodrum has managed to retain a vestige of its original fishing village charm; attractive whitewashed villas festooned in trailing bougainvillea wind their way down narrow streets towards the sea. You’ll find an abundance of history and culture in the city; this was the site of the Mausoleum of Halikarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the fragments of which can still be seen to this day. The impressive medieval Castle of St. Peter is well worth a visit and one of the city’s icons – built on a spit of land that divides the bay.

The nightlife in Bodrum is vibrant to say the least. There are numerous bars and clubs, including a 4000 capacity outdoor nightclub that regularly hosts foam parties. Or if you fancy a taste of Turkish evening entertainment, several meyhanes dot the city – local Turkish tavernas where the crowd joins in with the local performer, singing, dancing and drinking. And the attractive beaches at Gumbet and Bitez are a just short dolmus ride away.