Sprawling out along Turkey's southwestern coast, Bodrum's beaches are sun-drenched stunners. Only the town of Turkbuku is without a beach, so there won't be a shortage of shores to call home for your holiday. But even here there are loungers primed for relaxation found along the docks. What's more, many resorts in Bodrum come with more than one beach, with spots like Altinkum claiming a whopping three.
Chic marinas are on hand for most of Bodrum's resorts, complete with restaurants and little beach bars. Gumbet lays claim to a Blue Flag-accredited beach, while Camel Beach in Bodrum City is a popular stop on boat cruises, whose shores boast – yes, you guessed it – camels. And if you find yourself in need of a change of beach scenery, depending on which resort you choose, there are local buses that'll connect you to nearby shores.
What is now modern day Bodrum, long ago was the dwelling place of ancient civilisations, ruins of which are still scattered across the region. It was once the site of the ancient city of Halicarnassus. Its amphitheatre and the crumbling stone walls of the Mausoleum of Mausolus – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – lie just a short distance from Bodrum City.
History buffs will have no trouble castle-hopping in this Turkish region, from the 15th-century castle topping a hill along Bodrum City's coast to the ruins found near Kadikalesi. Even the smaller resorts are privy to their own slice of history – spots like Turgutreis, Yalikavak and Ortakent each feature old towns.
Worldly cuisine and Turkish delights
Dining here is a treat for the senses, whether you're going it alone or taking advantage of our All Inclusive Bodrum holidays. Depending on which resort you choose to set up shop in, you'll find everything from British to Italian, American to Indian and Chinese cuisine to help make you feel a little closer to home.
And then there's enough Turkish food to keep you sorted for life, with idyllic cafes and restaurants along the waterfront, plus old town spots that ooze authenticity. The local fare in Turkey largely revolves around Mediterranean flavours and seafood – these resorts do call the sea their neighbour, after all – serving up meaty dishes with a little splash of spice.
Whether you're up for quiet nights along the waterfront or pulsing night clubs until two in the morning, Bodrum has you covered. In general, the larger the resort, the larger the nightlife, but you'll still find somewhere to settle in for the evening regardless of where you go.
Bodrum City is the region's nightlife queen, seconded by Gumbet. The former is rife with neon-lit clubs boasting live DJ sets, while Gumbet rivals with its very own Bar Street. That's where you'll find an avenue of party spots, complete with dance nights, drag shows and cocktail bars.
There are souvenirs aplenty in shops and markets throughout the area, so you won't have trouble picking up a little something for family and friends during cheap Bodrum holidays. But it's Bodrum City and Turgutreis that steal the show when it comes to the purchase of local goods.
Turgutreis hosts a market every Saturday that draws in crowds from near and far, while Bodrum City ups the game with two. Bodrum City is also home to large-scale shopping malls selling branded items as well as little stalls dotted throughout town.
Out on the waves
Watersports and boat cruises bring even the sleepiest villages to life, humming across the waves bordering most of Bodrum's resorts. There are coves to explore, mini islands to visit and diving adventures to be had. In Bodrum, there's no excuse not to get out and about, unless of course you're snoozing on the beach.
There's a large waterpark found between Ortakent and Bodrum City for heart-pumping fun, and spa trips to bring things back down a notch. Museums detailing ancient art, as well as underwater archaeology, illuminate the region's colourful past. While tours through local historic sites give the relics a little perspective.