What to do in…? Bodrum

With crystal clear seas, sweeping sandy beaches and its rich culture and history, it’s easy to see why Bodrum is one of Europe’s best-loved holiday destinations.

Jutting into the Aegean, this ever-popular area of Turkey has a sophisticated, almost French Riviera vibe, thanks to its elegant marinas, trendy clubs and smart tourists. Meanwhile, the exotic cuisine and the mystical bazaars and hammams add to its allure.

Whether you want culture, pretty coastal towns, sandy white beaches or pine-clad hills, Bodrum has it all.

Here’s our pick of resorts, with a quick round up of things you’ll want to see and do in the region, especially if you’re visiting for the first time:

From this stretch of rocky coast, the sea scenery is breathtaking: think deep-azure seas and clear blue skies. Although it’s a fairly remote spot, the resort is just a 20 minutes drive from Bodrum. Barbaros Bay is the perfect place for a laidback, luxe retreat.

One of Turkey’s most popular destinations, this historic little town winds through a maze of alleyways. The traditional white and blue buildings join twin harbours, hand-built wooden yachts and the 15th-century castle of St Peter. And while the calls of the muezzin can be heard throughout the season, the pulse of nightclubs and bars also resounds.

TORBA: Just a 10 minute drive from Bodrum town, the old fishing village of Torba lies on a pretty bay surrounded by green hills. The village is a quietly chic resort boasting breathtaking blue seas and pebble beaches.

TURKBUKU: A magnet for the Istanbul jetset, this chic, former fishing village is known as the St Tropez of Turkey. The lively resort is based around an attractive bay, fringed by jetties rather than beach. On summer days, the rich and glamorous glide in on yachts, making the shoreline a buzzing party venue on summer nights.


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