Fascinating and cosmopolitan
Bodrum is a boaty, artsy, fun-filled place to spend a holiday. This former fishing and sponge diving community has been transformed in the last three decades into one of the hotter spots on the Turkish Aegean coast. Hugely historic – it was home to one of the original Seven Wonders of the World - there’s plenty to get your teeth into besides the attractions of the local coastline, onshore and offshore.
|Currency:||New Turkish Lira|
|Time zone:||GMT +2 hours (GMT +3 in summer)|
|Flight Time:||4 hours 30|
|Holiday type:||Beach, Summer sun, Winter sun|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 23.5°C
Rainfall: Rainfall: 872mm a year (Data for Samos)
The impressive Bodrum Castle, begun in 1402, stands guard over the port, and has an enviable reputation for repelling invaders. Today, it’s equally impressive as a Museum of Underwater Archaeology, with a jaw-dropping array of salvaged artefacts rescued from across the Med’s seabed.
Must eat at:
Kocadon, on Saray Sokak, is a fabulously authentic place to come for a romantic getaway. Expect seafood and local mezze specialities.
Must be there for:
The Bodrum Cup, an international sailing regatta, relishes its spot right at the end of the season in October – perfect for a little late summer/early autumn racing.
Getting around is easy once you’ve got the hang of the dolmus – a locally hired, informal, shared transport in anything from an estate car to a minibus.
If you want to go offshore to visit Kos or Rhodes (there are daily sailings during the summer), don’t forget to take your passport.
British citizens travelling to Turkey do need a visa, unless they are cruise ship passengers who enter the country for a day trip and return to the ship the same day. British citizens may obtain a multiple entry visitor's visa valid for 90 days at the port of entry on payment of £10 in cash.
Duty free shopping:
Although Turkey is in Europe, Bodrum is outside of the EU Value Added Tax Area so you can benefit from duty free prices on certain items purchased when travelling to Bodrum through our terminals. More information.