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Things To Do In Bodrum
Bodrum is located in the south-west region of Turkey and is a coastal city, facing the beautiful Aegean sea. It attracts tourists all year round because of its pleasant weather and of course scenic and beachside location! There are plenty of things to do in Bodrum including a lot of water-based activities, exploring its thriving nightlife and of course visiting its famous landmarks. No matter how long you stay, you will certainly never get bored.
Sunbathing on the Beaches
There are many beaches in Bodrum - all of them are super clean with sparkling blue water. Some are more popular than others and some can get more crowded. But nevertheless, no matter which beach you go to, you are bound to have a lovely time. Yahsi Beach is probably the most popular - which is located about 20 minutes away from the city centre. Definitely one of the cleanest beaches in all of Turkey and a must visit for its variety of restaurants, bars and shopping areas around the beach. Other beaches that you can visit are Bitez Beach, Camel Beach, Gumusluk Beach, Cleopatra's Beach, Gumbet beach. If you want some peace and quiet, try Kadikalesi beach which isn't frequented by tourists.
Enjoy Some Water Sport Activities
One of the best parts about Bodrum is its crystal clear waters. So of course, the best way to enjoy it is to immerse yourself into it! You can enjoy Snorkelling in Gumusluk and . Fener beach is a great place for water sports like kite and windsurfing. Jet skiing, Water-skiing and other activities are popular at Gumbet & Bitez. All you need is the adventure spirit and a bathing suit and you are good to go!
Relive Bodrum's Glorious Past
Bodrum was once a Greek city called Halicarnassus and it was the capital city of ancient Caria. Like all of Turkey's history, this city too changed hands many times. It became most famous for its architectural splendour - the Mausoleum of Mausolus, which was a tomb built by and for the then ruler - Mausolus. It was one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Another historical monument is the Bodrum castle, which was built by Knights Hospitaller in the 15th century and it overlooks the marina. The castle is now home to the museum of underwater archaeology, also a great stop in your journey to re-live Bodrum's past.
Experience The Nightlife Like A Local
Bodrum is a busy city and offers great nightlife for the locals and tourists. Around the areas of Bodrum Castle and Marina, you will find many street performances, loads of restaurants, cafes, bars and shopping areas, all bustling with people till late at night. In fact, in summer, the sunset is at around 10 pm, so the night starts pretty late around here! Enjoy the pretty lights over the bay and sip a drink at an open-air restaurant, or go dancing at one of the many clubs. You could also go to a karaoke bar and enjoy different musical flavours.
Take A Boat Trip
There are many boat trip services that you can take from the Bodrum marina. You can hire a private boat to take you around the Bodrum Peninsula, which is what the coast is called. You could go on a fishing trip or a snorkeling trip to another island like Orak. Another option is to take a trip all the way to the Greek Island of Kos. There are plenty of options for you to choose from, depending on the time you have on hand and your budget,
Indulge In A Turkish Bath
If you are on holiday, it only makes sense that you ensure you de-stress and rejuvenate yourself. What better way than to enjoy a Turkish Bath. The Hammams are a tradition that some locals follow even today. You can find some great ones in Bodrum. Also, there are plenty of modern-day spas in case the traditional approach is not for you.
Watch A Live Performance At The Amphitheatre
The Bodrum Amphitheatre is a spectacular well-preserved Greek theatre that still holds live concerts, especially during the summers. Experiencing a live event at a grand location like this one. You will be surprised at the amazing acoustics these ancient theatres have to offer. Plan this activity well in advance so that you can coincide your travel dates with an event.