Things to Do in Bodrum (Top Attractions + 2021 Insider Guide Advice)

Bodrum offers great holiday opportunities for the visitors with its intense nightlife, beautiful beaches, amazing coves, wonderful nature, historical sites, quality hotels, apartments, hostels, holiday villas and holiday villages. Things to do in Bodrum are endless.

By day, relax on one of the best beaches in Bodrum which are sandy with crystal clear waters. Take up a new water sport from the multitude of sports facilities available here, and kids can have plenty of fun on banana boats, pedalos and at water parks.


By night, head to the mile-long Cumhuriyet Street, also known as Bar Street for as much all-night partying as you can take.

If you’re having trouble deciding what to do first, take your time thinking about it in the many shops, restaurants and bars. If you’ve knackered yourself out on a jet ski, either head back to the beach or wander around some of the ancient sites which the current day resort has been built around.

If you have kids, chances are they won’t be enthusiastic about being dragged around partially broken ancient columns and antiquities from shipwrecks, so treat them to a day out at the theme and water parks along the peninsula.

If you love exploring the culture and want to see something more ancient than the Bodrum Castle, head to the remains of the Bodrum Mausoleum which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology at the Castle area is a collection of fascinating relics from the lives of ancient shipwrecked mariners, with glassware, copper ware and gold items from the ship on display.

Boat trips, Turkish Baths and huge markets are also on offer here, the latter providing the chance to haggle for clothes made from local fabrics, kilims, carpets, mosaic lanterns, onyx vases and plenty of Turkish delight.


Having a refreshing dip in a traditional Turkish bath, followed by a massage, body scrub, aromatherapy massage or oil massage is one of the special indulgences that everyone is allowed to treat themselves to while on their holidays.

Essential Things to Do in Bodrum

Stroll along the Bodrum town center

Bodrum city center can be explored by the market zone and the pedestrian shopping street and Bar Street on the inland and Marina and Bodrum Castle zone on the coast, through the beautiful views of the resort’s stunning bay.

Bodrum Castle (St.Peter)

Bodrum Castle is an impressive medieval castle built by the Knights of the Rhodes guards the entrance to the resort’s dazzling blue bay. It is a magnificent structure on the waterfront, is over 600 years old and is a superb example of a Gothic style stronghold, where you can walk around the twisting passageways and towers designed to make the castle as difficult as possible for invaders to take. It is one of the most visited sights in the resort. Continue reading…

Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology

Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology is situated inside the Bodrum Castle. It is one of the most rare underwater archaeology museums in the world. The Museum of Underwater Archaeology offers a collection of fascinating relics from the lives of ancient shipwrecked mariners, with glassware, copper-ware and gold items from the ship on display. Continue reading…

Bodrum Mausoleum Museum


For the ones who love exploring the culture and want to see something more ancient than the famous Bodrum Castle, than head out to the remains of the Bodrum Mausoleum Museum, also known as the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Completed around 350 B.C., it was 140 feet high with a 24 step pyramid and chariot on top, and each side was decorated with friezes of battle scenes between the Greeks and Amazons. Not much has been left remaining after it was destroyed between 1000 A.D. and 1400 A.D., but you can see the foundations and a collection of the many battle scene friezes, which are on display next to the remains. Continue reading…

Bodrum Amphitheatre

Bodrum Amphitheatre is also one of the best sights in the resort. It dates back to 4th century B.C. and the best preserved sites of ancient Halicarnassus. It is one of the oldest stone theaters in the ancient world. Continue reading…

Bodrum Marina Yacht Club

The Marina Yacht Club is a famous entertainment and nightlife center in the town center overlooking the port and the historical Castle.

It provides great views of the sea and the castle. The Marina Yacht Club is open for all year round and also the only facility that offers live music performances every day during the year. You’ll find 3 restaurants and 4 bars here.

Bodrum Bar Street

Bodrum Bar Street, is the center of the intense nightlife in the resort and has the largest and most extravagant nightclubs. The famous Hadigari Bar is the first bar that was opened here.

Any night on the Bar Street is also a great opportunity to try out some of the local culture by ordering a Turkish Raki drink, but be warned (or pleasantly surprised) that this drink is 45% alcohol, so playing centurion with it is not advised. The entertainment and nightlife here goes till dawn.

A great day out at the Bodrum beaches

Bodrum beaches are amazing. You’ll  find variety of beautiful blue flagged golden beaches on the Bodrum peninsula. You’ll also find variety of water sports activities at the beaches such as parasailing, jet-skiing, banana boat rides, windsurfing, snorkeling, scuba diving and many more. Continue reading…

Classy Bodrum beach clubs

We also recommend you to visit and have a great beach day out at the quality beach clubs in Bodrum. The beach clubs in Bodrum are very popular and the best in Turkey with their great day and night time beach and entertainment activities as well as great alternative to intense nightlife in the resort.

Water Sports

In between stints relaxing on the sandy Bodrum beaches, have a refreshing break on a jet ski, go windsurfing, parasailing, water skiing, ride a banana boat, flying fish, pedalo or go scuba diving whether you’re a beginner or an expert at the scuba diving center. Continue reading…

Daily Boat Trips

Bodrum coasts are very rich in color with jagged rocks and bright trees, as well as contrasted against the clear, turquoise sea. You’ll definitely experience the beautiful coasts by visiting the various bays by boat.

The tour guides will tell you where you can safely jump into the crystal clear waters to swim and snorkel. You’ll come across plenty of fish and other marine life, and when back on board, you’ll dry off while enjoying the sun. Continue reading…

Daily Tours & Excursions

For the ones who will not want to spend their holidays here on a routine day out at their hotels, than attending to daily tours and excursions is one of the best options to experience and enjoy the stunning landscapes and natural beauties, crystal clear turquoise sea, historical sites, and charms of the Bodrum peninsula.

Variety of all inclusive daily boat trips, cycling, 4×4 Off-road Safari, Quad & Buggy Safari, scuba diving, day trips to Ephesus, Pamukkale and Dalyan are the top selling and the most popular excursions and daily tours from Bodrum. Continue reading…

Water Parks

If you have kids, chances are they won’t be enthusiastic about being dragged around partially broken ancient columns and antiquities from shipwrecks, so treat them to a day out at one of the water parks in Bodrum.

You’ll find several water parks located at the different resorts of the Bodrum peninsula. In addition, about all ultra and all inclusive hotels and many quality hotels have their own water parks inside their facilities. Continue reading…

Theme Parks

If it’s a fantastic and more exciting adventure you want, then you can try the theme parks in Bodrum such as Dolphin Park, Fun Town Yahsi Park, etc., that all offer great attractions for both adults and the kids. Continue reading…

Outdoor Sports and Nature

For the ones who love outdoor sports and nature activities, there are plenty of alternatives in Bodrum such as walking tours, hiking, cycling & mountain biking, 4×4 Off-Road Safari, Quad & Buggy Safari, horseback riding and more. Continue reading…

Day Trips

You can also take day trips out to many well preserved ancient sites from the tour operators, such as Ephesus, Pamukkale, Dalyan, Milas, Labranda, Iassos, Euromos and Didyma.

The ancient city of Ephesus is 2 hours away from Bodrum and contains the largest and most well preserved collection of ancient Roman ruins in the Aegean.

Eating Out

You can experience and enjoy the Aegean and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as authentic Turkish cuisine and the flavor of the sea at the plenty of restaurants and cafes along the town center and beach promenade of all resorts on the Bodrum peninsula. Fresh caught fish is popular.

Traditional mezes with yogurt, aubergine, pepper, tomato and olive, bergamot jam, stuffed squash blossoms, Turkish kebab and all kind of seafood are popular dishes you can taste in Bodrum. Continue reading…

Shopping

You’ll find great shopping alternatives from popular outdoor markets, supermarkets, antique and handicraft shops to lovely stores in all resorts on the Bodrum peninsula. Jewelry, leather, carpet, rug, clothing, traditional tastes, authentic clothes and hand made items, as well as pretty souvenirs are the most popular things to buy in Bodrum. Continue reading…

Enjoying the Nights

The nightlife in Bodrum is amazing. The resort offers great nightlife activities with its numerous bars, clubs, nightclubs and shows for the holidaymakers.

Most of the night-time activities here takes place on the mile-long Bodrum Bar Street (Cumhuriyet Street) which is swamped with the largest and most extravagant nightclubs. Before you hit the clubs, take your pick of a huge range of bars which sell every type of cocktail and beer under the Turkish sun.

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