Central Bodrum Guide – Bodrum City Center – 2020 Holidays, Top Things to Do, Beaches, Places to See & Stay

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Central Bodrum (Bodrum city centre) is the main resort of the Bodrum peninsula with its variety of hotels, apartments, restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, marina, entertainment centers and more. The city center of Bodrum is situated about 36 km. (45 mins) on the south east of Bodrum Milas Airport, along the Bodrum Bay and Bodrum Marina. Daily life is fantastic here. Bodrum city center is also the center of entertainment and intense nightlife activities in Bodrum peninsula.


Top Things to Do & See in central Bodrum

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

Bodrum Castle (St.Peter)

Bodrum Castle is an impressive medieval castle built by the Knights of the Rhodes guards the entrance to Bodrum’s dazzling blue bay, in which the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas meet. It is one of the most visited sights in Bodrum. Continue reading…

Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology – inside Bodrum Castle


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. Continue reading…

Bodrum Amphitheatre

Bodrum Amphitheatre is also one of the best sights in Bodrum. 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…

The Myndos Gate

The Myndos Gate is situated at the eastern part of Bodrum. It was constructed 4th century B.C. It was the entrance gate to the ancient city of Halicarnassus on the west. The Myndos Gate is the only surviving monumental gate of the 7 km. long ancient city wall of Halikarnassos. Continue reading…


The Windmills

Situated on a hill between central Bodrum and Gumbet, the Windmills of Bodrum is a great place where you can come and see these magnificent structures, enjoy the stunning views of the bays and take unforgettable photos. Dating back to the 1970s, the windmills were used to grind flour. Continue reading…

Bodrum Maritime Museum

Bodrum Maritime Museum is opened in 2010 with an exhibition of 18 Bodrum type boat model inside a tent in front of the Bodrum Castle. And after, with the contribution of the Bodrum Municipality and Bodrum Chamber of Commerce, Bodrum Maritime Museum opened its gate at the old Bedesten building in 2011. The vision of the Bodrum Maritime Museum is to make the visitors to experience and explore the maritime history of Bodrum, to ensure maintenance of their collection and to improve it with new objects, historical documents and works.
Address: Carsi Dist. Nazim Hikmet Str. No.4/1 48400, Bodrum
Tel: + 90 252 316 33 10, Web: bodrumdenizmuzesi.org

Bodrum Marina Yacht Club

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

It provides great views of the sea and Bodrum castle. Bodrum Marina Yacht Club is open for all year round and also the only facility that offers live music performances every day during the year. There are 3 restaurants and 4 bars at the Bodrum Marina Yacht Club.

Bodrum Bar Street

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

Any night on Bodrum 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 in Bodrum Bar Street goes till dawn.

Boat Trips

Boat trips along the stunning coastline of the Bodrum peninsula coasts is one of the best things to do in Bodrum. 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 Bodrum holidays 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…

Shopping – What to Buy?

You’ll find great shopping alternatives from popular outdoor markets, supermarkets, antique and handicraft shops to lovely stores in central Bodrum. 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 central Bodrum.

In addition, you can visit the street markets that are held in Gumbet on Sundays, and central Bodrum on Tuesdays.

Eating Out – What to Eat?

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 central Bodrum.

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 central Bodrum.

Nightlife in Central Kemer

Central Bodrum is the liveliest region in the Bodrum peninsula. About all liveliest nightclubs, discos and bars are located in central Bodrum. You’ll face a very lively streets, full of tourist and entertainment after dusk. The The Bodrum Bar Street, Bodrum Marina Yacht Club and Bodrum Tekilacilar Street located at the back of the Bodrum Castle are the main nightlife and entertainment zones in Bodrum.

Club Catamaran, M&M, Adamik Bar, Mandalin, Marina Yacht Club, Mavi Bar, Deli Bar, Moonlight, Seyfi Bar, Karpuz and Veli Bar are the popular nightclubs and bars in the central Bodrum that worth a visit.

Accommodation – Where to Stay?

As for accommodation in central Bodrum; you can find wide range of options from 3 star, 4 star, 5 star all inclusive hotels and family friendly hotels, apartments, holiday villages, holiday villas and apartments to choose from standard packages to deluxe residences. See;

How to Get to central Bodrum?

Bodrum’s city center is situated on the south east coast of the Bodrum peninsula, about 36 km. from Bodrum Milas Airport (BJV).

Getting to central Bodrum from Bodrum Milas Airport

The HAVAS Airport Shuttle operates between the airport and Bodrum city center. Following the route Guvercinlik, Torba road and Bodrum Intercity Bus Terminal in central Bodrum in order, it takes about 45 minutes and costs 17,50 TL.

Private Shuttle

This is by far the best, the most preferred, convenient, safe and fastest option to get to Ortakent from Bodrum Airport. Especially if you are a group or a family with kids or have lots of luggage with you, than we highly recommend private shuttle transfer. They offer a fixed rate, comfortable and safe transfer to your hotel in central Bodrum.

The HAVAS airport shuttle will bring you to at the Intercity Bus Terminal of Bodrum, and you’ll need to take a taxi to get to your hotel, which will be harder for you to travel with your family or luggage. But a private shuttle transfer will drive you just to the entrance of your hotel.

The driver also meets you inside the airport terminal with your name written on a plate. And he accompanies you for the transfer and also he helps you with your luggage like where to take them and even carry them to the shuttle. And as there is a fixed price, you will not have to worry or deal with price calculations.

We highly recommend KiwiTaxi as we recently booked with them had a great trip to our hotel. They have variety of different and good models of cars ranging from Micro for 3 passengers to Minibuses for 19 passengers and also offer child seats. They met us inside the airport, helped with our luggage, brought us in front of the hotel and there also helped us with our luggage.

Milas Bodrum Airport to/from central Bodrum Transfers