Make your last minute escape Bodrum on Turkey's Aegean Coast
At just over four hours from the UK, you’ll be soaking up the traditional Aegean lifestyle in no time, at a seaside wine house, in the local bazaars or on a tour of ancient sites such as Halicarnassus.
There are many seaside towns on the Bodrum peninsula which are ideal for last minute breaks, choose Torba for one of the shortest transfers at just 30 minutes away.
Gumbet is a popular destination with a long sandy beach that invites you to take a pleasant stroll in the morning or enjoy a lazy day in the sun. If you seek adventure, there are plenty of water activities to choose from too, and Halicarnassus mausoleum is just across the way in Bodrum City.
Meanwhile, Altinkum offers three lovely beaches with a relaxed atmosphere. If just lazing on the beach is not your thing, you can explore the Aegean Sea on a boat trip from the harbour or visit one of the many nearby ancient sites such as the Apollo Temple.
Or, if gentle strolls through olive groves and exploring pine forests are more up your street, then consider a stay in the town of Torba.
The best time of year to book your last minute holiday
Some of the best deals to the Bodrum region can be found by booking last minute, which is anywhere from eight weeks before your departure date to a day or two beforehand. You can save even more by choosing to travel at a time of year that does not coincide with high season.
In general, the high season for holidays in Turkey is in the summer, ranging between May and the end of August every year, whereas low season is cheapest, ranging between September and April. Keep in mind that if you book in low season, particularly between November and February, ticketed attractions such as theme parks might be shut for the winter.
Other popular holidays in Turkey
If you love the idea of booking a last minute deal in Turkey but are still weighing up your options, there are plenty of other places you’ll love. Take a look at similar destinations, like the Antalya, Dalaman and Izmir regions for a little extra inspiration.
Bodrum might be the place for you, though, so take a look at our travel guide for more information on how to plan your last minute holiday in the Turkish sun. And here are the top last minute Bodrum hotels for you to check out.
Experience a truly memorable last-minute escape at Sentido Bellazure. The hotel is situated next to the beach, with all the amenities you require for a relaxing beach holiday. Beautifully designed outdoor spaces invite you to relax by the beach bar, the pool or in a soothing hammock. There's even a vitamin bar to help you get that healthy holiday glow. The centre of the resort with shops, restaurants and bars is less than a five-minute walk away.
A few years ago, two hotels merged to create a fantastic holiday complex. Guests staying at Parkim Ayaz Hotel can now enjoy double the facilities and double the fun. For example, two exquisitely designed pools are always better than one, especially if one has a swim-up bar serving refreshing drinks. If you prefer to swim in the sea, the hotel also has direct access to the beach. It's situated in the heart of Gumbet, a short stroll from the shops, restaurants and bars, which along with the excellent kids' facilities makes Parkim Ayaz very popular with families.
This new beachfront hotel has been designed to satisfy modern tastes. The spacious rooms feature chic interiors with elegant, modern bathrooms and all rooms offer sea views and balconies to make the most of them. The large pool is a great place to hang out and meet new people. Other facilities include five a la carte restaurants, a gym, sauna, Turkish bath, tennis courts and watersports.