The 10 Best Things to Do in Bodrum City, Turkey

July 27, 2017 Stefan Strunk

Once a cozy fishing village of only a few thousand people, Bodrum has experienced a renaissance in the last half century that has transformed this once-sleepy community into one of Turkey's most popular vacation hotspots. Writers, intellectuals, artists and musicians have long called this Aegean town home, or second-home, attracting a vibrant cultural scene paralleled only by the town's nightlife. Windswept beaches and glittering waters provide the backdrop to the perfect beach getaway.
Restaurants in Bodrum City

1. Zeki Muren Arts Museum

Zeki Muren Cad. Icmeler Yolu No:12 | Bodrum Merkez, Bodrum City, Turkey +90 252 313 19 39
Excellent
69%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 225 reviews

Zeki Muren Arts Museum

Reviewed By Jay P

I didn't know of Zeki Muren but even still I found the super-flamboyant clothing and pictures fascinating. It was a heart warming cultural excursion into the ever surprising Turkey. I wish there had been some information in English for non fans, but even still there's plenty to see over a half hour.

2. Aquapro Dive Center

Bitez Mahallesi, Bitez 48960, Turkey
Excellent
97%
Good
2%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 132 reviews

Aquapro Dive Center

Welcome to Aquapro dive center,the only British/turkish owned company now in our 21st year diving in the crystal clear waters of Bodrum.We have over 20 sites to visit including 2 great reefs,walls,a cave,2 shipwrecks and even a sunken plane! All PADI/CMAS Courses including PADI Speciality Courses and NEW-PADI Rebreather Courses. Join us on our 21 meter,fully equipped motor yacht,complete with full first aid and oxygen equipment,compressor on board. Please contact us for further details.

Reviewed By Rabidmaddog - East Harling, United Kingdom

I've dived in bodrum several times before I only wish I'd come across aqua pro dive centre before because I wouldn't have used anyone else & I won't be again when you get on a dive boat & the other divers are all repeat visitors...MoreThank you,hope to see you again,regards joby

3. Yahsi Beach

Yahsi, Ortakent, Turkey
Excellent
51%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 320 reviews

Yahsi Beach

Reviewed By TrWorldTraveler - Bloomington, Indiana

Yahsi beach is located in Ortakent. It is reachable by minivans (dolmus) from Bodrum. The water is always clean because it is an open bay unlike some other bays around Bodrum. It is good for water sports, sailing or Surfing. Along the beach, you will find cafes, restaurants and shops.

4. Castle of St. Peter

Kale Cad., Bodrum City, Turkey +90 252 316 25 16
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Castle of St. Peter

This imposing structure, built by the Knights of St. John in the early 15th century, is the most prominent feature of Bodrum.

Reviewed By posherscouse - Narberth, United Kingdom

I can't give this a 5 star because unfortunately some of the areas of interest were closed, however the parts we were able to see were very interesting. I missed the kitchens which I particularly wanted to see - couldn't face going back in as it was sooooo hot and my feet hurt. Its a lovely place to visit, beautifully kept and well worth a visit. The history surrounding it is fascinating but I would strongly recommend some Reading up before your visit and check up on when everything is open to view.

5. Temple Bar

Bitez Yalisi Sahili Haci Ahmetler Mevki Pomelan Cad. | Manuela Hotel, Bitez, Turkey +90 252 363 79 04
Excellent
65%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

Temple Bar

Reviewed By Ant0anet63 - Sofia, Bulgaria

This is the best bar in Bitez. Good music, quality drinks and exceptional staff. All staff at the bar are very friendly people. I felt them as friends. They made our vacation unforgettable. Thank you guys. We will be back in Temple Bar.

6. Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology

Castle of St. Peter, Bodrum City, Turkey +90 252 316 25 16
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology

The rooms and towers of St. Peter's Castle house this museum, which exhibits several collections of ancient artifacts including relics retrieved from local shipwrecks.

Reviewed By David R

Fascinating artefacts from across the ages.
Huge collection of Amphora from various countries and styles.
Was lucky as most of the towers (Bodrum Castle) we’re open as well.
Well presented and believe with a bit more understanding by the Turkish Government (Tourism) can be so much better.

7. Port Bodrum Yalikavak

Bodrum City, Turkey +90 252 313 65 50
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Port Bodrum Yalikavak

Reviewed By ktwps - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This area in Turkey is absolutely beautiful. Fantastic fish restaurants, great to sit have a relax coffee in the morning and it has a lovely peaceful feeling. I would highly recommend going down into the harbour area for a stroll and to admire the boats. People are friendly. It's a bit more expensive than bodrum but for a lovely treat and nice meal it's worth it.

8. Bardakci Cove

Bodrum City, Turkey
Excellent
60%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 134 reviews

Bardakci Cove

Reviewed By OConnor1903 - Istanbul, Turkey

Great place to visit... Beautiful deep blue sea with a Bodrum Castle & Marina view. The beach has few hotels located which are reserved for hotel guests but if you go a little forward there are some spots ( beach cafe and etc.) to spend some good time in here. The food and prices are average . The sea and location is unbeateble being very close to the city centre.

9. Bitez Beach

Merkez Bitez, Bodrum, Bodrum City, Turkey +90 532 493 74 45
Excellent
45%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 742 reviews

Bitez Beach

Reviewed By BlameCain - Wales, United Kingdom

Plenty of sunbeds for the price of a drink at the nearest bar. Water sports available near the Bitez Han Hotel. Public toilets near The Mosque.
The sea was very clean, shallow and great for snorkelling, extremely safe for children to paddle in. Boat trips are available at the marina, for about a tenner you can have a great day out.
The only possible downside is the amount of stray dogs roaming the beach. There are several packs which hang around hoping for food. The all sleep on the sunbeds at night and can be quite forceful when it comes to scrounging. Most of the time they are lovely, but if they take a dislike,to someone,, especially dog walkers, there's murder with a ten pack of dogs Barking their heads off and chasing their poor victim.

10. Bodrum Amphitheater

Bodrum City, Turkey
Excellent
30%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 459 reviews

Bodrum Amphitheater

Built sometime during the Hellenistic age, the structure is situated on a hillside over looking the city and was used primarily as a stage for theatrical productions.

Reviewed By Eric K - Melbourne

If you have spent any time in Greece or Turkey you have done your share of amphitheaters. This isn't the best of them, it's quite big but the busy road just next to the theatre takes away a fair bit from the ambience. But on the other hand from the top rows at the back, you get a great view of Bodrum and the castle.

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