Something for every traveller
Access to the main resorts in the Bodrum region was made easier in the year 2000, when the new airport passenger terminal was completed at Bodrum airport, which reduced holidaymakers transfer times to Bodrum, Gumbet and Altinkum considerably, although the resort of Kusadasi remains longer. Bodrum now takes around thirty minutes to reach, Gumbet takes around fourty five minutes, whilst Altinkum takes around 1 hour 10 minutes.
This is a real bonus in Turkey, because in other regions it can take around 2 hours to reach most major resorts. There is a wide range of accommodation types and standards available to suit all budgets and tastes here. Most people choose to stay on a bed and breakfast board basis as Turkey offers great value for money making cheap deals to the Bodrum Region a very affordable option.. Bodrum Region holidays provide a great base for all types of traveller - those who are looking for a bustling and lively town rich in history should opt to stay in Bodrum with its 15th century crusader's castle, whilst the nearby resort of Gumbet is a great base for a party holiday.
Take a day trip to Kos
Many families looking for fun choose to stay in the beach resort of Altinkum, which translates into 'golden sands' in English and as the name suggests has obvious benefits for families to travel to, whilst many people who seek a relaxingly quiet base won't be left disappointed either as there are many low key resorts such as Torba, Bitez and Cesme to enjoy.
There are an abundance of activities to keep you occupied during your late deals to Bodrum, from visiting the water parks to participating in the water sports on the beach, whilst if bargain hunting is your thing then you will love the shopping opportunities and market trips where you can haggle 'til your heart's content! Boat trips are also readily available over to the gorgeous Greek island of Kos located near to the Bodrum region, where you can absorb the wonderful Greek hospitality for the day. If all this sounds like too much exertion for you, then of course you could always just lay back and take advantage of some of the best beaches in the whole of Turkey.
Culture and history
The Bodrum region was believed to have been founded by Greek settlers as early as 1000BC and has changed ruler-ship many times over the years. The Lydians followed, then the Persians before Mausolos seized control in 377BC. Alexander the Great came along next, then the Romans before the Turks took over in 1071AD. The Turks built Bodrum Castle (the Castle of St Peter) which still stands today, and when the Ottomans arrived they named the town Petrion after St Peter. In Turkish this is known as Bodrum, hence how the region, and the town found its name.
Best restaurants in the Bodrum Region
Bizim Ev (Our House) Restaurant - Gumbet
Traditionally Turkish yet with a choice of international dishes, Our House welcomes all and the staff here are welcoming and friendly without being over bearing. The Amphora Pot is a speciality and comes highly recommended.
Otantik Ocakbasi - Bodrum
Set on the main street this place can get busy but is definitely worth a try. The staff will advise as to what to order and which sauces go with which food, perfect if you are a newcomer to Turkish cuisine. They also serve takeaways and again will talk you through the dishes making sure you get the perfect Turkish meal.
Best hotels in Bodrum
Club Izer Beach - Torba
With three pools, two slides and a stunning beach, the Club Izer Beach is a firm favourite for family holidays to Turkey. There's more than enough activities to keep even the hyperactive amused all week, there's also a kids club, playground, Turkish bath and sauna. Along with the main restaurant you'll find an Italian a la carte for that extra special night out.
Palm Wings Beach Resort - Altinkum
Set on its own stretch of beautiful sandy beach the Palm Wings Beach Resort has activities for all ages. Beyond the pools and water-slides there is organised entertainment activities including quizzes, karaoke and cabaret. Turn your hand to tennis, table tennis or basketball, use the gym and fitness centre or simply relax in the sauna.
Location of Bodrum Region