Bodrum in Turkey is a perfect holiday destination. Packed with history and a pretty harbour full of colourful boats and yachts - it’s an ideal spot to get a real flavour of Turkey. Flights to Bodrum are plentiful, so once you've landed, take a break in one of the harbour cafes, settle down with a cool drink and see what’s on offer in this lovely town.
You are in the birthplace of Herodotus – considered to be the first literary recorder of history! And while there are lots of historical sites to enjoy, there are also some quirky, fun things to enjoy. One of them is a visit to the Zeki Muren Museum. Zeki was an all round Turkish entertainer. He was hugely admired, known as the “Son of Art” and he's still something of a cultural icon. His house is now a Museum, where you can see his fabulously glitzy stage costumes, and musical memorabilia.
If you want to experience a Turkish Bath – try out the Bodrum Hamam. It’s in a lovely old building, has a reputation for being very clean with trained masseurs, who will happily work their magic on your tired limbs.
You cannot avoid the history of this place – it’s everywhere, so try and see at least one of the big sites:
The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus - once listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, along with the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Great Pyramid of Giza, the remains of the Mausoleum are a genuine spectacle. The building was originally about 45 metres high, decorated with sculptures – which were painted and gilded. It is still possible to appreciate its former glory – the foundations are visible, as are some of the white marble pillars.
Bodrum Castle – Bodrums magnificent Castle was built in 1402 on a little spit of land joined to the mainland by a rough causeway. You can’t miss it – it’s the key sight across the harbour. The Castle houses the world's largest underwater archaeology museum, with displays that have been gathered from shipwrecks over the years. Its high walls, battlements and Towers (two of which are open to the public) are great for youngsters. The Glass Shipwreck Hall is one of the key rooms to see, with its skeletal warrior ship and haul of recovered treasure!
Food and Fun – Bodrums’ harbour is alive and kicking with boats bringing in their catch and many restaurants serve daily specials. As a tip, try and eat where local people eat. If you stroll into the centre of Bodrum, you’ll be delighted to see lots of tiny cobbled backstreets complete with family run cafes. Brightly decorated shops sells traditional turkish pottery, leather goods and engraved metal plates which have mirrors on the their reverse. Gorgeous! The shop owners are welcoming, and the cafe owners will be happy to help you interpret the menu. The grilled meats, flat breads and delicious sauces will have you coming back for more!
Bodrum has plenty of nightlife. During the long summer you can enjoy a big range of bars, late night eating and some fantastic clubs – the small venues are really buzzing and keep an eye out for special club nights with Guest DJ’s. There is one massive club, but be prepared to part with about 40 € to get through the door!
If you are travelling in October and fancy something more physical than relaxing on a beach front, you can watch OR take part in the Bodrum Cup Wooden Yacht Regatta. It’s a unique celebration of yachts and traditional fishing boats involving five days of racing to win the Bodrum Cup. Visitors can join in by booking a place on a boat and giving the crew extra muscle power. It’s an early start each day, but about 1500 people get up for the days racing (each year the route changes). What a way to see the Turkish coast, and come home with a real holiday experience under your belt!