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This former fishing village on Turkey's sun kissed southwest coast is now one of the country's most glam getaways. Bodrum looks out on the Aegean Sea and has a rich history and a vibrant city centre. From the grand castle and glitzy marina to the bustling market and lovely beaches, Bodrum holidays offer something for everyone. Known as Halicarnassus in ancient times, it was home to the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and there are plenty of historic treasures to discover in and around Bodrum.
Summer temperatures hover around the late 20s and early 30s (°C). Spring and autumn days vary between 12 and 20°C. Even in the winter months you'll see around 7 hours of sunshine a day.
Fly to: Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV), approximately 4 hours from the UK.
Book a beach holiday to Bodrum with Airtours and discover ancient sites, cultural treasures and beautiful beaches along this stunning stretch of the Aegean Sea.
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There’s plenty of accommodation options in and around Bodrum, from Self Catering properties to All Inclusive hotels. Popular beach resorts are within easy reach including the lively town of Gumbet (around 3km west), the laid-back resort of Bitez (around 5km west) and the Blue Flag beaches of Altinkum (around a 90-minute drive west).
Whether you're looking to hit the coast, explore ancient sites, discover natural wonders or party all night, beach holidays in Bodrum provide all this and more. From Bodrum's busy city centre with its huge castle, traditional bazaar and thumping nightlife to the coastal hotspots of Gumbet, Bitez and Altinkum, the sun kissed stretch of the Aegean has something for everyone.
The Bodrum peninsula has lots of picturesque coves and beautiful bays with a mix of sand and stone beaches. There's a stretch of sand for everyone in this region from Gumbet's lively nightlife scene to Bitez's family-friendly calm waters. Bitez is a popular spot for windsurfing and most beaches offer a variety of water sports including jet skiing, parasailing, diving and banana boat rides. Palmarina in Yalikavak is the region's glitzy new marina filled with mega yachts and lined with boutiques and restaurants.
The Bodrum region is full of ancient sites to explore. In the city, head to the 15th century Castle of St Peter to see the Museum of Underwater Archaeology which has treasures uncovered from 3,000 years of shipwrecks in the area. The Bodrum amphitheatre was first built in the 4th century BC and completed in Roman times. It's now an open air museum but still holds occasional events. Remains of the old city wall can be seen at the Myndos gate.
Don't miss a visit to a traditional Turkish hammam. Many hotels will have a hammam of sorts but there are a number of authentic sites in the city where you can experience this restorative ritual that combines exfoliation and massage on heated tiles. There are healing mud baths on Black Island in the bay of Bodrum and regular boat trips sail out to the island.
Beach lovers: From the city centre it's easy to reach lovely beaches in Bodrum and beyond, from family-friendly bathing spots to lively stretches of sand with glam beach clubs.
Shoppers: Bodrum's bustling market is the place to pick up handmade sandals, rugs and textiles (Tuesdays) or local food (Fridays). The city also has lots of shops stocking cheap leather goods and a small mall with a number of Turkish stores.
History buffs: The Bodrum region is full of ancient sites to explore, from the 15th-century Castle of St Peter to the Roman amphitheatre, an open-air museum that still plays host to occasional events.
Language: Turkish is the official language. English and German are also widely spoken.
Currency: Turkish Lira. Some major locations such as hotels and airports may also accept Euros.
Local Time: Two hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly To: Bodrum Airport (BJV), around 36km northeast of the city centre.
Flight Time from the UK: Approximately 4 hours from London Gatwick.
Tourist Information: Further tourist information on Turkey can be found at http://www.gototurkey.co.uk/destinations/bodrum/.
Visa and Health: Before you travel to Bodrum with Airtours visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Turkey for help and advice on visa requirements and health considerations for your holiday to Turkey.
Temperature: Late 20s in July and August.
Best time to visit Bodrum: Expect up to 12 hours of sunshine each day throughout spring and summer. Even in winter, the average is 7 hours a day. There’s very little rainfall between May and September and the average sea temperature is in the mid-20s between June and October.
By Train: There aren’t a lot of trains in Turkey, although it’s a cheap way to explore. There's no train station in Bodrum. The nearest station is a 3-hour drive away in Izmir.
By Taxi: There are lots of taxis in the main resorts and they’re generally cheap. Look out also for the local dolmuş minibuses which are an even cheaper way to travel.
By Boat: You can get regular boat trips to nearby coastal towns from the harbour. Look out for the traditional Turkish gulet boats for an authentic way to travel. Ferries depart regularly to Greek islands including Kos and Rhodes.
By Hire Car: Hire cars can be booked in advance or when you arrive.
By Bus: Turkey’s bus network is excellent and very cheap, but buy your ticket from a reputable outlet and beware of ticket scammers!
For music fans: September's SunSplash festival of international dance music features a strong line up of top DJs. The 'boutique' event takes place in Yalikavak and brings together sunset beach parties, music workshops, arts events and yoga sessions.
For underwater explorers: Organised by the Bodrum Underwater Society, this annual event in May features exhibitions about the history of diving in the area and on site demonstrations. There's also live music and entertainment on offer.
For culture vultures: The annual Pedasa festival is held in May in the ancient city of Pedasa, which overlooks Bodrum town. A popular arts event, it celebrates local culture through live music and dance performances, nature walks and lectures.