The Bodrum Peninsula on Turkey’s western coast is very popular with European travellers for good reason; The area boasts crystal clear waters, proximity to Greek islands, ancient historical sites and delicious food.
For travellers looking for cheap holidays to Turkey in 2013, Bodrum is the place to be.
Bodrum’s history is fascinating and long. In ancient times the city was called Halicarnassus of Caria and was famous for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus which was touted as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
The magnificent Bodrum Castle was originally built in the 15th century and sits majestically atop a surrounding hill offering stunning views of the harbour; it is an excellent place for visitors to get their bearings and learn about the area’s history and culture. The castle has been renovated in recent years and is now home to the impressive Museum of Underwater Archaeology.
The beautiful Aegean waters surrounding the Bodrum Peninsula are some of the most stunning in the world and there are heaps of tour operators offering day long boat trips from almost every town and village on the peninsula. These trips are a fantastic way to experience the landscape but be sure to find the tour that’s right for you.
Avoid cheap trips advertised by travel agents as these typically involve sharing a boat with 70 other people and eating a mediocre lunch. For a more authentic experience on the sea, wander down to the local harbour before 10am or after 6pm and inquire about smaller, independently run tours. These boats typically take 10-12 passengers and offer relaxing sailing excursions led by knowledgeable locals who prepare authentic Turkish food and will likely give you several great tips about where to eat, drink and explore on land.
Turkey is known for many things but a Turkish bath or Hamam experience is truly unique. While many of the bigger hotels offer Turkish bath facilities as part of their spa services, the most authentic baths operate independently throughout Bodrum. Whether you prefer to be pampered or experience the baths like the locals do, there is an Hamam for you.
Bodrum features several quaint villages and neighbourhoods which are perfect for wandering through. Ancient streets and beautiful trees punctuate these charming areas and culminate in weekly farmers markets. Craft stalls are wonderful for unique handmade items, textiles, housewares and traditional souvenirs.
Bodrum truly has something for everyone. Whether you choose to lie peacefully on a stunning beach, explore ancient castles or wander through local neighbourhoods, your Turkish holiday is sure to be unforgettable.