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Visiting Bodrum, Turkey – A Complete Guide

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

I have just returned from the most amazing two weeks travel in Turkey and Bodrum was my first stop. I was so surprised at this town! Bodrum was not packed with mass market all inclusive hotels as I imagined, but instead, it was a cute port with great food and adorable streets.

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

I think Bodrum ought to be on any travellers’ Turkey itinerary, even if only for a day or night as it made the most wonderful visit!

Bodrum is also a beautiful location to spend a full week’s holiday if you’re after a relaxing, sun drenched location.

Here’s why:

The charming streets of Bodrum

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

Bodrum’s town centre consists of hundreds of little laneways. Wandering around, I’d keep coming across tucked away corners of tumbling bougainvillea and gorgeous wall climbers.

The Turkish people are passionate and patriotic, and the Turkey flag is everywhere! Oh, and the evil eye, which is kind of like their national symbol.

A very pleasant afternoon or longer can be spent exploring the streets here. Bodrum is an Instagrammer’s heaven!

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

 Bodrum’s Restaurants and Bars – Where to Eat and Drink

As with many European beach towns, Bodrum’s waterfront and the marina is lined with restaurants, bars and cafes. Some quaint and romantic, and some more lively. But on the whole, I was really amazed with how beautiful they were.

One restaurant I particularly fell in love with was Kortan 365 on the waterfront. I later found out that it’s a buzzy nightclub too which I found quite amusing, considering how impressed I was with the atmospheric interior. The restaurant and its building dates back over 450 years!

I highly recommend the borek there (white cheese in pastry) and the aubergine salad topped with yoghurt. Oh, and a Turkish coffee of course!

Other brilliant places to eat in Bodrum include:

Avlu Bistro – tucked away and offering a wonderfully romantic setting

Annalivia – another brilliant Turkish restaurant offering fantastic views

Memedof Fish Restaurant – offering fine dining and probably the best seafood in Bodrum

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

What to Do in Bodrum

A slice of history at Bodrum Castle

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

Castles are always a good idea, and Bodrum’s dates back to 1402. It’s the town’s main tourist attraction, and offers amazing views over the town and the turquoise Aegean Sea.

Head out sailing from Bodrum

Some of Bodrum’s best beaches and bays are in the peninsula and can be accessed only by boat. Gulets (Turkish style of boats) line the harbour and hundreds of companies offer day trips. You can also sail with ease over to Kos or Rhodes so you can tick a Greek island off your list too, should you wish!

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

Explore its artisan shops

Bodrum is famous for its sandals! You can buy a great pair of their style leather sandals in many stores. I found myself drawn to the beautiful shell and jewellery stands though.. typical!

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

Stay in quirky hostels, meet new people and soak up the fun nightlife

I loved the atmosphere in Bodrum, and the town didn’t feel tacky at all. Bodrum is known for some ultra-luxe hotels (Mandarin Oriental, for example), but I was really happy with my very centrally located hostel. The Eskici hotel was just metres from the beach and has a cracking pool with a super chilled vibe. Highly recommend!

You can check rates for the excellent Eskici hostel here at Booking.com

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

So these were my reasons why you should visit Bodrum on your next trip to Turkey. I think the pictures speak for themselves.. 🙂

Have you been to Bodrum? I’d love to hear if so – drop a comment below!

If you’re considering a longer Turkey adventure, you might find my itinerary here useful, as well as my guides to Pamukkale, Ephesus, sailing the famous Turquoise Coast, Istanbul and Cappadocia here.

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A Complete Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

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10 Comments

  1. Natalia
    September 11, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    I agree, Bodrum is a perfect destination. It has it all: a sea, a beach, old history, great food, hospitality, and beautiful scenery. I added this town to my bucket list. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Amelie
    September 12, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    Bodrum is amazing ! I have already been two times and can only recommend it. The people are super friendly as well and we always had amazing turkish food and tea. And I can only agree : The nightlife is great .

  3. Victoria
    September 12, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    I’m loving these bright colors. I would go just to check out those cute streets, indeed!

  4. Sapphire Kharyzma
    September 13, 2017 / 2:15 am

    Turkey is such an interesting country! I’ve never been drawn to it, but your experience sounds so amazing! I want to also try the food, I heard its extremely delicious

  5. Patti
    September 13, 2017 / 9:51 am

    Bodrum sounds like a great place for a summer vacation. Who can resist great restaurants and cute streets!

  6. Leigh
    September 13, 2017 / 10:13 am

    Oh wow, I had no idea parts of Turkey was so Greece-like. Ive just been to Santorini and if you just look at the photos, Bodrum could be mistaken for Greece! I really want to go now! Pinning this — you’ve just added another destination to my bucket list! 😉

  7. Alexa Meisler
    September 13, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous. I’m sold on Bodrum!

  8. Maria
    September 13, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    I’m totally convinced to visit Bodrum. It’s so lovely and bright, with the coastal and Summer vibe that I love.

  9. Antonina
    September 13, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    It’s a pity I didn’t visit Turkey when I lived so close – at the other side of the Black Sea. The country is full of picture perfect places like this.

  10. Raul
    July 17, 2018 / 3:37 am

    Hi, I am planning to visit Turkey in October/Nov.
    Just wondering if Bodrum is still as great to visit during this season.

    The pictures look great

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