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Bodrum Hotels and Apartments
Accommodation in Bodrum
The ancient city of Bodrum is one of the most sought after destinations in Turkey, thanks to the easy availability of cheap hotels in Bodrum. The luxurious 5-star hotels in Bodrum are located near the castle, Gumbet and marina area. A few are also located near the airport road. Most of these upscale hotels in Bodrum are all-inclusive and ideal for a relaxing beach holiday with your family. Some of these hotels also have waterparks for kids and organize day and night activities and entertainment for all age groups. Xandou island, Wow Bodrum resort, Titanic Deluxe, Lujo, Didim beach, Aurum moon resort, La Blanche resorts, Armonia resorts, Labranda TMT, etc. are some of the most magnificent and royal hotels in Bodrum that will submerge you with unparalleled luxury and hospitality.
The port city of Bodrum is located in the Mughla province in southwest Turkey. Towards its west is the Turgutreis town and on its east lies the greenery of Yuksel Calgar Memorial forest. The Konacik town lies on the north and in the south is the vast expanse of the Aegean Sea. Bodrum was a quiet town of fishermen and sponge divers until the 1950s, when the development of tourism started here. Beach, sun, food and history is what attracts the holidaymakers from world over to spend their summers in Bodrum. The city experiences a rainy season with mild winter from November to February, so the best time to book your Bodrum holiday is from March to October.
Where to Stay on your Bodrum Holiday
It is pretty easy to find budget 2 and 3-star hotels in Bodrum as they are spread across the whole town. These are ideal for those looking for cheap accommodation in Bodrum as well as for those who wish to stay longer. Solo travellers can easily find homestays, studios and cheap hotels while couples can choose from among peaceful private apartments or adults only chic hotels. If you are on Bodrum holiday with friends then renting a self-catering independent apartment is the best choice for you. You can choose from among the ones on the beach, or the Old town area, Gumbet as well as the marina.
Things to do in Bodrum
You can start with a boat trip to the Bodrum Peninsula or relax at the Turkish hammam. Then you can take a historical tour of the city that will take you to its 2500 years old Maosolleum at Halicarnassus, the Castle of Bodrum, Zeki Muren Arts museum, Museum of Underwater archelogy, Bodrum Maritime museum in the old town and city centre. While on Bodrum holiday, you can also take your kids to the waterparks like the Amusement park on Bodrum Turgutreis road, Phalarope Aqualand and Bodrum Aqualand. You can also take a stroll around the city to soak in the Turkish vibe and to get familiarized with local life or you can also relax at the Yahsi or Camel beach or go for water sports like diving, kiteboarding, parasailing, etc.
The Old town area, the Marina and the Castle area are the epicentre of Bodrum nightlife. These places are lively and happening and thriving with some of the best discos and nightclubs like the Club Catamaran, Benji club, Adamik, White house bar and club, Hadigari, Vittoria Dream club, Neworld club, Marina Yacht cub bar, etc. The Marina area especially is circled with bars open till morning. Club Posh and Saphire nightclub and Karaoke bar, Mystery disco bar, Central bar, are the best bars in Gumbet. If you are looking for traditional Irish pub, then the Irish Pub Bodrum on the marina is the best option. Most of the hotels in Bodrum have a chic bar or restaurant onsite that organizes live music nights.
Food options in Bodrum
The detectable culinary experience in Bodrum is one of the major things to do on your Bodrum holiday. The port city offers a memorable experience for all tastes. The rich Turkish cuisine involves a lot of use of lamb, beef, rice, seafood and fresh vegetables. You can start with a rich Turkish breakfast on your Bodrum holiday. There’s a wide array of traditional dishes available for lunch and dinner of which kebabs, Meze, Gozleme, Bulgur, koftes, turlu, stuffed dolmas, keskek, manti, Turkish coffee, are a must try. For a quick and cheap lunch, head to a local lokanta. The marina, old town and Gumbet are lined with restaurants offering all kinds of cuisines. Some of the best ones are Ox wine, Orfoz, Sugar and salt, Arkas, etc.
Shopping in Bodrum
If you are looking to indulge in some retail therapy on your Bodrum holiday, you can visit one of the shopping malls or plazas. Oasis Shopping Centre, Milta Marina Shopping centre, Midtown mall shopping centre, Avenue mall shopping centre, Oasis mall, Bodrum Gumbet, etc. are going to leave you spoilt for choices for clothing, accessories, electronics, etc. If you are looking for cheap open markets, then you can’t miss the weekly markets every Tuesday for clothing, bags, bedding, towels and other household items and genuine-fake designer wear and every Friday for fruits and vegetables. If you want to buy leather footwear, then the Guney Sandalet is the right place to buy made to measure leather sandals.
Trivia facts about Bodrum
Before you book your Bodrum holiday, you’ll be glad to know some facts about it. Bodrum was called ‘Halicarnassus of Caria’ in ancient times and was famous for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Bodrum castle is from 15th century and has rooms devoted to a princess of the region and the jewelry worn by Turkish women and a view of 935 years old ships. Dolmus (minibuses) are the most convenient way to access the town, although taxis, bikes and cars are also available. The city of Bodrum has 6 sister cities.
Fast Facts about Bodrum
Currency: Turkish Lira
Nearest Airport: Milas Bodrum airport (BJV)
Flight time from Dublin to Bodrum: 8 hours 55 minutes
Transfer time from airport to Bodrum: 36 minutes
Time difference between Dublin and Bodrum: Bodrum is 2 hours ahead of Dublin