Bodrum, Turkey: Cozy Fishing Village Turned Popular Vacation Hotspot

Bodrum is a charming and fascinating little port on the Aegean coast of Turkey. It was once a cozy fishing village, but today it has become a popular vacation hot spot. Its vibrant cultural scene has attracted many writers, intellectuals, artists and musicians, who have made this once-sleepy town their home or second home. The windswept beaches and glittering waters provide a perfect backdrop for a beach getaway.

Bodrum’s beautiful coastline, excellent climate, natural beauty and historical sites attract a lot of visitors. Tradition and modern life go hand in hand in this inviting and colorful coastal town.

A Little Bit of History

Bodrum was known as Halicarnassus of Caria in ancient times and it prospered in 353 BC, when it was the capital of the Karia. The city was founded by the Dorians, and the Megarans enlarged it in 650 BC.

The City of Bodrum, Turkey - It is a charming port town on the Aegean coast of Turkey with beautiful coastline, natural beauty, historical sites and vibrant cultural scene. A combination of modern and tradition make this beautiful Turkish town so special.The City of Bodrum

The Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, was built here.

After the Roman and Byzantine rules, the Ottomans conquered it in 1522.

After the declaration of the Turkish Republic, the city was named “Bodrum”.

Temple of Apollo at Didyma close to Bodrum, Turkey - It is one of the most important temples of the ancient Greek world dedicated to the worship of Apollo. The tample can be seen in the city of Didyma which was named after twins, Apollo and Artemis.Temple of Apollo at Didyma close to Bodrum

International Film Festival, Yacht Festival, Ballet Festival, Bike Festival, Diving Festival and Jazz at Sunset are some of the popular events of Bodrum.

The city boasts everything from swanky boutiques to local craft stores, where you can find couture fashion, exotic sandals, jewelry and handmade carpets.

For more traditional shopping, you can explore the weekly markets to buy handicrafts, tapestries and pottery.

Where is Bodrum?

  • 122.4 miles/ 197 km from Dalaman, Turkey
  • 261.5 miles/ 421 km from Antalya, Turkey
  • 441.7 miles/ 711 km from Istanbul, Turkey
  • 150.3 miles/ 242 km from Izmir, Turkey
  • 67.7 miles/ 109 km from Marmaris, Turkey
  • 22.3 miles/ 36 km from Milas Bodrum Airport, Turkey
  • 139.1 miles/ 224 km from Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport, Turkey

Things to See

  • St. Peter’s Castle
  • Museum of Underwater Archeology
  • Amphitheater
  • Pedasa
  • The Mausoleum
  • Ottoman Tower
  • Myndos Gate
  • Zeki Muren Museum
  • Harbor


  • Gumbet
  • Bitez Beach
  • Bardakci Cove
  • Ortakent
  • Yalikavak


  • Rabbit Island
  • Boat Trips
  • Milas

Bodrum is a party town and the party goes on till the wee hours in the morning. Enjoy the party at the discos, where there is live music, drinks and dancing.

Despite all the party flavor, it maintains its original charm in its sugar-cube houses draped in bougainvillea and the palm-lined streets.

We wish you a fantastic Mediterranean cruise!