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Use our Bodrum holidays travel guide and hotel recommendations below to help you plan your holiday. Holidays in the Bodrum region are situated in the Southwestern Aegean area of Turkey, centering on the Bodrum peninsula and nearby resorts.
Bodrum Holidays in the Bodrum region of Turkey incorporate busy bustling resorts with great nightlife such as Bodrum and Gumbet, plus calmer more serene beach resorts such as Bitez and Altinkum. The Bodrum region is a popular holiday destination with UK visitors as it offers not only beautiful beaches but also has a wealth of ancient history, Turkish culture and other activities to do. Explore history in Bodrum itself, laze around on Bitez long sandy shores, dance until the early hours of the morning in Gumbet or sample the local mezze in a local taverna.
Bodrum is a favoured holiday destination as there is a wealth of things to do and see here outside of the usual holiday experiences. Bodrum town itself is situated on the peninsula, framed by the Aegean Sea, and boasts the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the remaining seven wonders of the world. Just outside of Bodrum, neighbouring Gumbet provides a choice of relaxation on its long and plentiful beach and lively bars and clubs. West of Bodrum lies Bitez, a mecca for watersports enthusiasts due to its favourable situation in a bay. Altinkum, likewise is a sunlovers paradise. The region as a whole is a mix of beautiful scenery in the form of long sandy beaches, rugged hills, orange groves and picturesque fishing harbours, hugged by the Aegean Sea. Adding to this scenery are ancient historical sites, buzzing shops, markets and streets, Turkish culture and traditional villages and a heady nightlife.
This region really does have everything you could wish for on a summer holiday to Bodrum and provides holidaymakers with an amazing choice of things to do and modern resorts to stay in.
The Bodrum region and its popular holiday resorts offers non-stop sunshine between May and October, the traditional summer holiday months. Average day temperatures in August can reach 30°C and above with 12 hours of sunshine per day. The hot temperatures are cooled by etesian winds (known locally as the Meltemi), reducing humidity and making the beaches very pleasant for sunbathers. If it's a more active holiday you're after the Spring months of April and early May offer warm temperatures of approx. 22°C.
Bodrum holidays have many varied and popular holiday resorts to choose from, depending on what you are looking for in a holiday. Bodrum town itself has no beach of its own to speak of, being centered around bays and harbours instead, with its striking 15th century castle set at the edge of the Aegean Sea guarding the coastline. Shopaholics will love it here, with its many bustling markets, shops and stalls. Restaurants, bars and clubs ensure you'll never be bored, whilst the historic artefacts and attractions of Bodrum old town provide couples and families alike with sites of interest. Hop on a dolmus (Turkish bus) and travel to the beaches of nearby Gumbet or Bitez for a spot of sunbathing.
Gumbet, a well developed holiday resort, offers a lively atmosphere for all, with various hotels to choose from. Popular for its beach, the long sandy bay is framed with cafes and restaurants, with ample room to sunbathe, followed by a quick dip in the beautiful warm blue waters of the Aegean. Watersports are also popular in this area, including boat trips to nearby Greek Islands and local beauty spots.
8km west of Bodrum lies Bitez, popular with families due to its beaches, secluded coves and cleanliness. Quieter than nearby Bodrum and Gumbet, it retains lots of the traditional Turkish character with traditional houses intertwined with modern hotels. Activities such as mountain biking to explore the scenery are popular here, and it's also an ideal base to take an excursion to ancient sites such as Ephesus and Troy.
If you're a sailing enthusiast or watersports lover you'll be in your element in Bitez. If it's a chilled out holiday you're after Altinkum also boasts wonderful beaches and a laid back atmosphere. In fact the name itself means 'golden sand' in English and the resort lives up to its name well. Ideal for family holidays Altinkum is great for a relaxing Turkish holiday.
The Bodrum region is serviced by the main airport in this area Bodrum Airport (officially known as Milas-Bodrum airport) situated just 36km (approx 21 miles) Northeast of Bodrum town. Millions of tourists use the airport each year and it is in a good location for many of the popular resorts in the Bodrum region. Turkey is considered a short haul destination from the UK, with flights lasting on average 4 hours. Flights are available in the UK from many main airports and both scheduled and charter airlines fly into Bodrum airport
Both Bodrum old town and Gumbet offer a lively nightlife of bars and clubs which open until the early hours of the morning. The famous open air club in Bodrum, "Halicarnas", offers light shows, fireworks and famous dance shows, whilst "Barstreet" also offers a wealth of discos, bars and clubs. At night, St. Peter's Castle in Bodrum is illuminated for all to see, and creates a terrific backdrop to the nightlife here. You can also experience live bands playing in the local bars, which the Turkish call a "meyhane". Gumbet, popular with young groups of holidaymakers and couples comes alive after dark and the loud music from the bars can be experienced until the early hours of the morning.
There is so much to do in the Bodrum region of Turkey you will be spoilt for choice. Experience the natural beauty of this area by taking a boat trip around the coast, hiking or mountain biking in the hills or sailing and windsailing in the bays. Visit ancient sites such as Bodrum Castle, the underwater museum, the restored amphitheatre, or take a day excursion to explore further. Eat wonderful Turkish mezze in one of the local tavernas or watch the sun set on the sandy beaches framing the coastline here.
Bodrum holidays have long been popular with UK tourists due to their mix of old and new. A place to unwind, relax and kick off your shoes, the holiday resorts in Bodrum merge new hotels and modern accommodation with old traditional Turkish customs, ancient sites and wonderful scenery. Lapped by the warm blue waters of the Aegean Sea, many people who visit this area of Turkey fall in love with it and return each year.