Panoramic view of Saint Peter Castle and marina, Bodrum

Things to do in  Bodrum

Vacations of the rich and famous

For those looking for an idyllic vacation spot that offers rustic charm, stunning coastal sights, and high-end resorts, Bodrum is the perfect destination. Dubbed the "St. Tropez of Turkey," this beautiful city on the country’s South Aegean coast features crystal-clear waters, gorgeous landscapes, and historical sites like Bodrum Castle that will leave you smitten. Whether you’re looking to explore the white sand beaches, eat delicious local cuisine, or engage in thrilling water sports, there are plenty of things to do in Bodrum. Plus, the lively nightlife ensures that your fun never has to end.

Top 15 attractions in Bodrum

Bodrum Peninsula (Bodrum Yarimada)

Jutting into the Aegean Sea from southwest Turkey, the thumb-shaped Bodrum Peninsula (Bodrum Yarimada is named after the city of Bodrum on its southern coast. At the center of what’s dubbed the Turkish Riviera—or Turquoise Coast—it offers lively resorts, sleek marinas, and quiet fishing villages wedged between blue seas and windmill-dotted hills.More

Castle of St. Peter (Bodrum Castle)

Bodrum’s most prominent landmark, the Castle of St. Peter stands on the promontory that divides the city’s twin bays. Complete with towers, battlements, and gardens—and home to Bodrum’s Museum of Underwater Archaeology—this 15th-century-built fortress is a must-visit for travelers.More


Perched below the rugged flank of Mt. Mykale, Priene is one of Turkey’s most attractive Greco-Roman archaeological sites, with an enormous Hellenistic theater, the spectacular ruins of a temple of Athena, a synagogue, Roman baths, and more. Trees and wildflowers (in season) make the ancient setting particularly atmospheric.More

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (Tomb of Mausolus)

Once a glorious temple of gleaming marble and finely carved columns; the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus stood 164 feet (50 meters tall and was capped with a marble sculpture of a four-horse chariot. Built in 351 BC to house the tomb of King Mausolus, it was the grandest mausoleum of its time and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.More

Ephesus Terrace Houses

A cluster of ancient 2-story homes spread across three tiers, the Ephesus Terrace Houses reveal how wealthy Romans lived during the city’s glory days. Glass floors let you admire geometric mosaics and still-colorful frescoes gleaming on the walls—it’s a small wonder some compare the site to Pompeii.More

Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology (Bodrum Sualti Arkeoloji Muzesi)

Looming over the seafront along Bodrum harbor, Bodrum Castle is not just a historic landmark—the medieval ruins also house the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Showcasing the archeological finds unearthed from shipwrecks along Turkey’s (officially the Republic of Türkiye) Aegean Coast, the museum is a trove of ancient artifacts, Bronze age finds, and maritime treasures.More

Miletus (Miletos)

The ancient metropolis of Miletus dates back to 1,400 BC, and was once a thriving port city known for its wealth and strategic position. A shifting river eventually led to the city's abandonment, but not before it was destroyed in 499 BC and rebuilt on a grid plan that inspired Roman cities.More

Limnionas Beach

With its white sand, turquoise waters, and refreshing lack of tourists, Limnionas Beach is where you can plop yourself directly into one of the postcard seascapes for which Greece is famous. Set in a cove along Limnionas Bay, the beach is protected from strong winds and rough seas, making it a haven for boat excursions and snorkeling.More

Bodrum Amphitheater

Set on a north Bodrum hillside, Bodrum Amphitheater (Antik Tiyatro is a relic of the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus. Built in the 4th century BC and later developed by the Romans, the restored 13,000-seat theater offers a fantastic glimpse into the ancient world alongside stellar city views, and is a stage for concerts and events.More
Lambi Beach

Lambi Beach

Stretching about half a mile (1 kilometer) along the northeast corner of Kos, Lambi Beach is a popular swimming and sunbathing spot near the island’s main town and port. Lined with sand and pebbles, the beach offers chairs and umbrellas for rent, water sports, restaurants and snack bars, and views facing the Turkish coastline.More

Myndos Gate (Myndos Kapisi)

The grand Myndos Gate (Myndos Kapısı) once guarded the western entrance to the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus and marked the route to nearby Myndos (now Gümüslük). Now in ruins, the gate is the last trace of the city’s once-mighty fortifications and remains a prominent landmark of modern-day Bodrum.More

Bodrum Windmills

Crowning the promontory dividing Bodrum and Gumbet, the Bodrum Windmills are one of the region’s prettiest landmarks. Built in the 18th century to grind flour, the seven stone structures are now derelict but are still picture perfect and offer stupendous views over the bays of both resorts.More


Close to the coastal resort town of Bodrum, the small village of Yalıçiftlik provides a tranquil retreat from the tourist crowds. Bordered by pine forests, olive groves, and rocky coves, Yalıçiftlik is the place to escape to the countryside, experience traditional Turkish life, and swim at secluded sandy beaches.More

Knidos (Cnidus)

Jutting out into the Aegean Sea, you’ll find the ancient Greek city of Knidos (Cnidus), which dates back around 2,600 years. Excavations in the 19th century revealed that the abandoned city was an important cultural and political center. Today, it is most famous for its commission of the Aphrodite of Knidos statue, considered the first life-size sculpture of a nude female. While the original statue no longer exists, copies can be found in museums around the world, including the Museo Pio-Clementino in Vatican City.More

Temple of Domitian (Temple of the Sebastoi)

One of the greatest ancient Roman cities was Ephesus, and its ruins are located in Selcuk, Turkey (officially the Republic of Türkiye). It is one of the most popular sites to visit in Turkey. Near the ancient Agora, visitors can see the remains of the Temple of Domitian and Domitian Square. The Temple of Domitian, formally known as the Temple of the Sebastoi, was built in honor of Emperor Domitian's family, and it is the first structure here known to be dedicated to an emperor. Though not much remains of the temple today, archaeologists have learned much about its structure.Visitors can see the remaining foundation of the temple and imagine what it might have once looked like. It was approximately 165 feet by 330 feet and sat on vaulted foundations. The northern end was two stories tall and was accessed by stairs, which can still be seen today. There were also several columns on each side of the temple. Reliefs from some of the columns can still be seen here as well.More

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All about Bodrum

When to visit

Each season brings something different, making Bodrum a lovely destination all year round—however, May through September is, without doubt, the best time to visit Bodrum. In these warmer summer months, you’ll find yourself among throngs of locals and tourists sipping cool drinks, lounging on the beach, or catching some waves. Come October, the days become cooler and the crowds dissipate, leaving empty resorts and quiet beaches.

Getting around

The best way to get around the city of Bodrum is on foot. Exploring the streets at your own pace affords the luxury of experiencing every detail that makes this port city a Mediterranean paradise. For traveling short distances, taxis, ride-hailing services, and dolmuses (minibuses) are available—the latter of which will also get you around the Bodrum Peninsula. You can also pick up a rental car at Milas–Bodrum Airport.

Traveler tips

Hopping aboard a gulet cruise is one of the most unique ways to get a different perspective of the city, with cascading buildings stretching along the coastline. Make sure you get out of the downtown area, and explore the beaches outside the city. There's no better feeling than setting up a hammock and watching the sunset from a secluded beach on the Aegean coast.


People Also Ask

What is special about Bodrum?

Bodrum is located on the Bodrum Peninsula, stretching into the Aegean Sea. With warm waters and spectacular views of blue bays around every corner, a majestic castle, and ancient ruins overlooking the main harbor, the city is an excellent destination for any seaside adventure.

How do I spend a day in Bodrum?

Start with a scenic coastal walk or beachfront stroll, breathing in the fresh salty air and admiring the views of the city. Visit Bodrum Castle, the medieval fortress overlooking the main harbor, and the Museum of Underwater Archeology. As the sun begins to set, enjoy a traditional Turkish meal.

What is the best month to visit Bodrum?

June or July is the top choice for anyone looking to make the most of sunny weather and all the aquatic delights the port city has to offer. With reliably warm days and very few storms ever disrupting a vacation, this is the sweet spot for guaranteed bliss.

Can you swim in the sea in Bodrum?

Yes, swimming in the sea in Bodrum is one of the most sought-after experiences. Whether you’re a seasoned swimmer or a novice taking your first plunge into deeper water, you can enjoy the sparkling waters of the Aegean Sea at any of the beaches along the coast.

Is Bodrum a party town?

Yes, Bodrum is an iconic Turkish resort town with a vibrant nightlife. It's a great destination for both those looking to party until dawn and those interested in people-watching while sipping martinis.

What is the best area to stay in Bodrum?

If you’re looking for convenience and beauty, consider booking a stay in the Yalikavak Marina area of Bodrum. With a gorgeous view of the Aegean Sea, this charming marina makes it easy to relax while being in close proximity to cultural sites.

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