Float on tranquil waters in a secluded cove, ahead of you a timeless vista of ancient olive groves and pine. Welcome to what was once Halicarnassus – a poetic name that conjures up images of ancient wonders and mythical exploits. The peninsula – once described by Homer as the “land of the eternal blue” and known now as Bodrum – has been a favourite of discerning European visitors for millennia. With breathtaking landscapes, inviting waters, reliable sun and a host of significant archaeological sites it’s easy to see why the Turkish Riviera continues to draw guests. 

Explore Bodrum

Milas–Bodrum Airport is 34km from Bodrum town, approximately a 30-minute journey. The airport has direct connections to many European hubs although these are generally operational only in the summer high season. Otherwise, a transfer via Istanbul is an easy 1-hour flight. A chauffeur-driven car, private yacht or traditional Turkish gulet are the best ways to get around the peninsula. Sailing fans will find the azure waters of Bodrum a dream, some hotels such as the Mandarin Oriental have private harbours.

Climate & seasons

The high season is July and August. June and September are a bit quieter but still a great option for very agreeable weather. Winter can be quite cold.

Where to go

Bodrum peninsula is a combination of beautiful coves, exclusive resorts, laidback fishing villages and the bustling Bodrum town. Many find their resorts simply too inviting to leave. However, we recommend taking to the water on a private yacht or gulet adventure. There are some stunning hidden beaches to explore while a visit to the nearby Greek islands is a great day out. History fans can take a day trip to two of the original seven Wonders of the World, the Mausoleum of Mausolus and the Temple of Artemis at ancient Ephesus. While the geological oddity of Pamukkale is within reach.

What to do

Do what you are supposed to do on holiday – relax. Lie back on the soft sand and enjoy the azure waters and balmy weather. Sail, fish, explore a region endowed with outstanding natural beauty and fascinating history. Those looking for a quiet life should opt for a remote spa oasis such as the Six Senses. Those who want luxury during the day but require easy access to the nightlife should opt for a more centrally beachfront hotel like the Bodrum Edition.

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