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Bodrum Region

Bodrum Region Holidays

Bodrum region holidays should be the first choice for families looking to enjoy a relaxing getaway in Turkey. The hotels, shops and beaches make it one of the most comfortable holidays on the market.

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Turkish bazaars, waterside dining, boat trips and sandy beaches are just some of the highlights of holidays in the Bodrum region. Between the many resort towns found here there are spa facilities, historical attractions and exciting nightspots available too.

With the exception of one, all of the Bodrum region resorts are found along the coastlines of the Bodrum peninsula. The outlier is Altinkum which rests north of the airport. This resort also features its own coastal community though, complete with three beaches.

The majority of resorts are ideal for families and couples with many hotels featuring their own kids clubs, activities and facilities. The exciting nightlife in Bodrum and Gumbet may be ideal for 18-30s travellers too.

Where to stay in Bodrum Region

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Cover the coastline

Inland the Bodrum region's landscape is formed mostly with rolling hills that are dotted with patches of green trees and shrubbery. Certain resorts like Akyarlar and Bitez seem to be greener than most with pretty floral displays adding colour to the backdrop.

No matter which resort you choose to stay in, you're never too far from an idyllic beach where you can relax in the sun or get active with some water sports. Some of the favourites of tourists are found at Gumbet, Altinkum and Akyalar.

Turkbuku is an interesting resort with plenty of coastal space but no beach. Instead guests are invited to sunbathe on deckchairs and sunbeds that are laid out on wooden docks built on the calm sea.

Bodrum’s history

Many of the resorts are comfortably modern with large hotel complexes providing you with tourist amenities and a modicum of Turkish personality. Those who want to immerse themselves in the local culture should seek out resorts that feature an old town like Turgutreis, Ortakent and Yalikavak.

There are also areas of ancient history to discover with Kadikalesi's ruined castle found near the town, Bodrum's towering castle available to tour at its centre and Torba's Byzantine Monastery hidden amongst nearby trees.

24 hours of fun

Sunbathing and history won't excite every visitor though so don't worry, there is plenty to help you and your fellow travellers get active on your holidays to the Bodrum region.

Hotels offer plenty of activities, spa facilities and tours so that you don't need to worry about planning anything. The large water park between Ortakent and Bodrum is a favourite while there are dozens of places to enjoy boat trips and water sports around the coast.

By night you'll have no problem finding a place to relax while some towns offer loud and exciting nights out. Bodrum is the nightlife king with its sidekick Gumbet providing its own lively Bar Street. Gumbet is also sought after by visitors wanting to catch the famed Dream Girls dinner and show.

Marketplaces and shopping malls

Souvenir opportunities can be found within the small gift shops and convenience stores of most resorts. There are two major shopping destinations within the whole region though, Bodrum and Turgutreis.

Turgutreis' Saturday market is a big deal and the bazaar style event is popular with tourists and locals. Bodrum on the other hand offers two weekly markets as well as a variety of large shopping malls where you can purchase genuine brand name products rather than the fakes often sold on stalls.

Bodrum cuisine

Many of the resorts in the Bodrum region like to make tourists feel at home with a range of familiar cuisines to dine on. British, Italian, American, Chinese and Indian foods are just some of the options available on holidays here.

Not that local Turkish cuisine is forgotten about. On the contrary, there is an abundance of Mediterranean and seafood themed eateries here that are cooked up by talented local chefs. Many of the resorts offer superb waterside dining areas where you can sit by the calm water on hot summer nights.

Getting there

Direct flights from UK airports to Bodrum-Milas Airport will take just over four hours. The transfer times then vary depending on where you stay but the shortest trip is to Torba which takes almost half an hour. Turgutreis and Altinkum will take over an hour to reach.

Car hire is available but many people choose to get around the region via the popular Dolmus bus services. This small minibus service operates all over the region with most running to and from Bodrum city.