Stylish castle city with two bays
Bodrum is one of the most cosmopolitan resorts on the Aegean Sea. Historic landmarks, stylish boutiques and whitewashed houses rise in tiers on the hillside. They overlook two bright blue bays and a medieval Crusader castle built by the Knights of St John.
The ancient heart of the Bodrum Peninsula, this vibrant town features a harbour where traditional gulets and cruise boats await their captains. There’s also a modern marina filled with elegant yachts. The covered bazaar-style lanes of Kale Caddesi lie beneath the castle walls. Here, you can barter for bargain leather, beachwear and textiles while Turkey’s infamous blue-glass nazar boncugu amulets stare out from stalls and shop windows.
By night, you’re spoiled for choice with chic cocktail bars and restaurants. Enjoy the sea views from the eateries that line the marina and the waterfront, or head for those tucked away in cute lanes.
There are some gorgeous beaches in Bodrum, too. Gumbet Beach is a kilometre of fine gold sand and Bitez Beach lines up sunloungers and parasols between the promenade and turquoise sea.
Flight time from the UK is approximately four hours.
Transfer time from Bodrum airport to Bodrum town is approximately 35 minutes.
There are no two ways about it – Turkey is hot. Summers top 30°C, with an average of 12 hours of sunshine a day and virtually no rain. The coast is cooled by sea breezes, which are particularly welcome in the mid-summer months. Spring and autumn are good times to go, averaging a thoroughly beach-ready mid-20s with plenty of sunshine and blue skies.
British citizens need a visa to enter Turkey. It costs 20 US dollars, and you can apply online at http://www.evisa.gov.tr.
In restaurants in Turkey it’s common to leave 10-15% as a tip, unless service charge is included – make sure you check your bill carefully. Round up the fare when paying your taxi driver, although it’s not necessary to tip a dolmus driver. In the very popular Turkish baths, you should tip the masseuse between 10-20%.
The official language of Turkey is Turkish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.