Turkish delights just got a whole lot cheaper
It’s a four-hour flight and 45-minute transfer to Bodrum’s coastal resorts, and if you book off-season, like in the comfortable heat of October, you can get cheaper deals when it’s less busy too.
There’s a full kilometre of sandy beach to laze on in buzzing Gumbet which is one of Turkey’s most popular destinations, or you can frolic in the water with a choice of watersports on offer. Beyond the sands you’ll find places to sit and sip a fruity cocktail, and you can carry on in that vein come evening, partaking in the city’s excellent variety of nightlife.
Elegant Bodrum exudes a quiet cool despite the tourists that flock here for the beaches, affordable restaurants and variety in hotels. There’s a classic Aegean character in Bodrum where laws restrict building heights, but the shopping, nightlife and amenities are most definitely from this era.
Step onto Bitez‘s sandy beach crescent for romantic walks surrounded by fragrant olive and citrus groves. Calm and shallow waters make the bay an ideal location for watersports, or meander to the abandoned ruins of the old Greek church with sparkling dolphin mosaic floors.
Cheap days out in Bodrum
Aside from two large sandy bays, a 15th-century castle and bargain-rich market in Bodrum make it a wonderful spot for idle exploring. Or head just out of town to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the remains of the amphitheatre and Mausoleum of Mausolus, who gave his name to subsequent resting places.
In Gumbet you can top up your tan on the kilometre-long beach or wander through the pretty streets among a smattering of restaurants and cafes, and it doesn’t cost a penny. While also within walking distance is Bitez, where you can watch fishermen in the harbour and windsurfers in the water, before stopping for a meal at one of the reasonably-priced restaurants.
Other popular holidays in Turkey
Cheap holidays in Turkey aren’t just restricted to the Bodrum region. Try the regions of Antalya,Dalaman orIzmir for cost-effective getaways. Or to find out more about Bodrum read our travel guide and see the affordable accommodation options below.
Prepared to be wowed at this family-friendly complex with a prime beachfront location. Take a refreshing dip in one of the two outdoor pools and one indoors. There's also a gym if you want to get physical, bike hire and canoes are available too. And the kids have their own club, a playground and water slides at one of the pools. The All inclusive offering covers buffet meals and 24-hour drinks at one of the six bars including the pool bar for a drink by the water.
Get two for the price of one in this hotel complex, where two hotels have been merged into one creating unbeatable value for money. The stunning gardens glide their way to the sea and sandy beach for a relaxing stroll. There are three outdoor swimming pools including one with whirlpool and water slides so the kids are taken care of. Soak in the sauna and Turkish bath or there's a climbing wall and pool table if you fancy working up a sweat without paying extra.
Feast on incredible views at this beachfront location on the outskirts of Gumbet. You have the choice of taking to the bars and discos of Gumbet or saving your pennies by enjoying the occasional Turkish nights in the comfort of your own hotel. A Self Catering hotel, you can buy your meals at the restaurant and pool snack bar or cook something in your apartment. Activities are laid-back, including playing billiards in the Turkish sun, doing some lengths in the pool or just lounging on the comfortable sunbeds.