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Bodrum is a port city in Turkey on the Aegean sea. Once a quiet, fishing town, it has exploded into a bustling tourist center. It's popular among Turks and international visitors who want to spend some time boating and on the beach. The city layout stretches across twin bays and has many historical points of interest. It is a city of contrast, with features from the ancient world juxtaposed against glittering new buildings and developments. You can stumble upon tiny family-owned restaurants or dine in elegant, world-class establishments. There’s a vibrant culture in this city, with lovely stretches of beach and lots of options for entertainment.
The Mediterranean climate of Bodrum gives it a long summer season. The best time of year to visit Bodrum is during the shoulder of the summer, in May and June or September and October. During July and August, temperatures can be scorching and prices are at their peak. This is also the most crowded time to visit. The winters are mild but can be rainy. February is noted for being beautiful, as this is when the flowers start to bloom.
The easiest way to get to Bodrum is to fly into the Bodrum airport and take a bus to get into the city. Many travelers also arrive by boat if coming from different Greek islands, as well as by bus from other cities in Turkey.
Boating is a popular pastime in Bodrum. It’s known for being a sailing city, thanks to the sea winds and the gorgeous color of the Aegean. The coastline is a beautiful sight to see from the deck of a boat. Boat parties leave the harbor daily, chartering a yacht is a fantastic way to spend a day, going on a boat tour or renting a kayak are all fantastic options available to travelers.
With a boat tour, you can choose from a private or group option and you're guaranteed a day of fun sailing on the water. Leaving in the late morning, your captains will take you to great spots around Bodrum in a beautiful wooden gulet boat. Lunch is served onboard, you can escape the heat with the sea breeze, and stop for a swim and a snorkel.
A private boat charter on the classic gulet boats is a fantastic way to host an event. Your captain will work with you to create the perfect itinerary complete with catered meals. You can choose where you’d like to go around the Bodrum coast.
If you’re a boating enthusiast, you can rent a motor yacht or catamaran on your own while in Bodrum. Many rentals have the option of hiring a captain or skipper or going out on your own. Depending on your preference, you can set sail with a guide or explore solo with your travel mates.
If you’d like to spend some time underwater while staying in Bodrum, a scuba charter is a great option to explore the depths of the Aegean Sea. Rent some equipment or take a certification course for a day of diving and exploring Bodrum from under the sea.
Around the beaches, there are many different options for windsurfing and surfing rentals. Rent a board or take a lesson if you’ve never tried watersports before!
The BIOR - Bodrum International Optimist Regatta is an exciting boating event in March. During the week, both the waters and the city of Bodrum come alive with sailing competitions, live entertainment, and other events.
Another sailing event in Bodrum is the Bodrum Cup. It brings in competitors from around the world. Sailors and spectators join together for a week of sailing competitions and live entertainment. The event also has the focus on raising awareness of protecting the oceans and coasts.
While on land in Bodrum, spending some time touring the Bodrum Castle is imperative. It’s a 15th-century castle on the ocean that hosts a museum of underwater archaeology. It contains hundreds of artifacts from shipwrecks collected from the Aegean sea. It’s regarded as one of the best preserved ancient sights and the view you see from the castle alone is worth the visit.
Other sights to see in Bodrum include the idyllic white windmills, Myndos City Gate, the Bodrum Amphitheatre, and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. The historical sights in Bodrum provide a fascinating look into the ancient past of this part of the world.
If you’re looking for a day of relaxation, a visit to a Hammam while in Bodrum is an experience you must have. It’s a full spa experience that is the perfect way to relax while on vacation in Bodrum.
Due to the “sleepy fishing village” history of Bodrum, taking a fishing trip while on vacation here is an enjoyable and authentic experience. Fishing charters are a popular way to spend a day on the Aegean Sea, for anglers of all experience levels. You’ll set off for a full day of casting off and reeling in a variety of fish, with stops for lunch, a swim and snorkel and other adventures with your fishing captains.
The twin bays that shape the coast of Bodrum are full of gorgeous sailboats sitting in hundreds of berths. Marina Yacht Club Bodrum, Pruva Marin Bodrum, Palmarina Bodrum are some of the most popular marinas. They offer gorgeous views of the bay with boats in the harbor, many restaurants and shops and lovely areas to walk.
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