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"Mykonos of Turkey"

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Bodrum is a beach town nestled in the Bodrum peninsula along the southwestern Aegean Coast. Located opposite the Greek island of Kos, the city is known for its marinas and beaches. One of the most popular vacation destinations in Turkey, Bodrum enjoys close proximity to Izmir, located around 230 kms from it. It is an ideal getaway for people who prefer beach vacations, with its quaint and turquoise blue waters.

Bodrum boasts a rich cultural history, as it used to be home to the ancient city of Halicarnassus, hosting one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. However, it survives in its ruins now, some of which can be seen in the British Museum in London. The east side of Bodrum is lined with a thin beach, and the west is studded with marinas. In addition, the town boasts twin bays with a panoramic view of Bodrum Castle. The astounding blue waters of the Aegean Sea make for an ideal backdrop for vacations and adventure sports activities. Bodrum is a hub for various watersports, parasailing, jet skiing, kayaking or scuba diving. Bodrum is considered to be an ideal place for sailing owing to the perfect weather conditions and the lovely backdrop of the bay.

The popular tourist destination of Bodrum hosts several small villages and towns on the edge of the Bodrum Peninsula, which has also been a trading hub for decades now. Moreover, the coastline is studded with typical Turkish whitewashed houses and windmills over the hillside, making the most scenic viewpoint for sunsets and sunrise. Rightly regarded as the Mykonos of Turkey, Bodrum is a great holiday destination for those who enjoy a touch of luxury owing to the wonderful yacht and cruise tours available in the town.

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  • The marina area is excellent for luxury hotels by the beach. However, if you are looking for budget stays, stick to the Gumbet district, which also lies closer to the bar street.
  • Bodrum hosts various international festivals throughout the year, including the Baroque festival in September and the International Ballet Festival in July/August.
  • The best way to head about town is via cabs, city buses and rental scooters. However, one must remain careful while driving around the coast as the roads are narrow and windy.

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Nightlife in Bodrum

Bodrum is known for its vibrant and active nightlife. Considered the capital of summer nightlife in Turkey, Bodrum offers crazy night scenes for tourists. The bar street in the old town is lined with pubs and clubs, offering live music, DJs, Foam Parties, laser shows and more. A frantic night of drinking in a traditional Turkish meyhane is a must in Bodrum. These taverns provide a great selection of appetizers, scrumptious kebabs, seasonal fruits, and anise liquor raki, beer, and wine. People love to dance and sing the night away at these bars. In addition, several beachfront clubs rise to the occasion at night, and one can enjoy dancing at these open-air bars. Many beachfront restaurants offer a great view of the Aegean sea alongside lavish meals and drinks for people who love a quiet night out. The old town and marina are great places to take a stroll during nighttime.

Shopping in Bodrum

Bodrum is studded with street markets, antique stores and boutiques to shop from. Moreover, the Bodrum sandals, handicrafts, seashells, onyx-ware, jewellery and carpets are the best things to look out for in Bodrum. The Iskele Square Market is a great place to shop for handicrafts and metalware. In addition, the street markets of Bodrum are open seven days a week in different regions of the city, including the ones in Mumcular and Gumbet. Tuesdays are considered the city's market day, and people can find similar products at a lower price all over Bodrum.

Suggested Itinerary for Bodrum

 Day 1: Visit the famous Turgutreis market, and stroll through the picturesque villages surrounding the region. Next, head to the Museum of Archaeology, which has collections across over 14 halls. One of the grandest attractions in Bodrum is the Mausoleum, a former wonder of the ancient world, which lives in its ruins after the earthquake in the 12th century AD. Next, head to the Bodrum theatre dating back to the 4th century and adore the beautiful vistas overlooking the town. To end your day, stroll around the Bodrum Marina and gaze at the magnificent sunset.

Day 2: On a full-day tour, cruise across the Bodrum peninsula and explore Bodrum’s natural bays, beaches and coves. Snorkel in the Mediterranean sea and head towards Camel beach for a camel ride along the shore at sunset. Unwind and relax in a traditional Turkish sauna. Alternatively, you can also head out for a wine tasting and dinner.

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The ruins of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, constructed for King Mausolus during the mid-4th century BC at Halicarnassus in Caria, Bodrum, Turkey
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