Capital city: Bodrum City Population: 136,000 Religion: Islam Language: Turkish Currency: New Turkish Lira Time difference: GMT +2 Flight duration: 4 hours from London Gatwick
With a typical warm Mediterranean climate there's no bad time to visit the Bodrum region of Turkey. This area is known for having long, dry summers with temperatures almost always above 30°C, and hitting 34°C and higher in July and August.
If you want to bypass some of the extreme heat the best time to visit is during the mild spring and autumn, or during the warm winter season when cheap Bodrum holidays are easier to come by. No matter when you choose to come it's important to bring high factor sun-cream so you can shield your skin from the intense rays. Luckily this area has very little humidity, and being by the coast means you'll benefit from a light sea breeze.
As with any holiday, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and family on your trip. Make sure you have funds easily accessible to cover any cost of medical treatment you might need.
If you are visiting Bodrum specifically to take part in sports or watersports, including hiking, you should make sure your insurance covers this. See our holiday extras page for more information. For the latest health and safety information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey.
British citizens need a visa to enter Turkey and must have a valid passport. You can apply for a visa online at www.evisa.gov.tr before you go. It costs US$20, payable by VISA/Mastercard debit or credit card only.
By law, you must carry your passport with you in Turkey and may need to show it when paying by credit card. Your passport will need to be valid for at least six months after the date you arrive in Turkey and at least three months after the date you leave the country. Your passport must also be valid for 60 days beyond the expiry date of your Turkish visa.
For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/entry-requirements.
Direct flights leaving from the UK will land in Bodrum-Milas Airport. Transfer times vary depending on your destination, with the shortest trip being 30 minutes to Torba and over an hour to Turgutreis and Altinkum.
Cars are available to hire, but make sure to request a diesel car as petrol in this area is very expensive. Taxis can be found outside your hotel or in the city taxi ranks. Most trips are done on a fixed rate, but it's best to ask your driver before you leave.
The easiest and cheapest way to travel around on your Bodrum holiday is by the Dolmus bus service. These mini buses operate all over the region and have frequent routes to and from Bodrum City.
In case of an emergency call 155 for the police or 110 for the fire department services.
If you are a victim of crime, affected by a crisis overseas, or if something happens to a relative or partner, contact the British Consulate.
Address: Cafer Pasa Cad. 2. Emsan Evleri No:7, Bodrum City, Turkey
Phone: (+90) (252) 313 0021/2
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 and ask for an ambulance. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad as well as repatriation.
Address: Kavakli Sarnic Cad. No: 1, Bodrum/Mugla, Turkey
Telephone Number: (+90) (252) 319 1515