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Things to do in the Bodrum region

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Bodrum Attractions and things to do in Bodrum, Turkey

The Aegean Coast which includes the Bodrum Peninsula offers some of the best beaches in Turkey. It also has the highest rate of returning guest who are drawn to the great nightlife on offer at its lively nightclubs and trendy bars. The beaches offer an amazing range of watersports from glass bottomed boats to Jet Ski’s or if you prefer to stay on dry land then simply laze back with a cool drink and soak up the golden rays. The Aegean Coast offers some amazing sunsets and what could be nicer than sitting back enjoying a meal in one of beachside tavernas and watching the sun set after a glorious day on the beach.

Shopping

Shopping in Bodrum is a pleasant experience. This city is dotted with numerous beautiful shops that sell a wide range of local goods from carpets and kilims to leatherwear; boutiques featuring local designers; jewellery, antiques, souvenirs, handmade crafts, and arts outlets. Karada Marina is the most recommended market at which to buy local goods in Bodrum.

Restaurants

Turkish cuisine is as diverse as Turkish culture. It’s an appetizing mixture of mouth-watering delights. There are numerous speciality restaurants that reflect every taste and culture. Don't miss the very popular local Gozleme and Pide speciality of this region. Most of the restaurants do offer every international cuisine. Sunger Pizza, La Jolla Bistro and Secret Garden are amongst the restaurants that are popular among visitors.

Head to the beach

The beach in Bodrum is not very big, but there is a narrow pebbled beach along the eastern bay (Kumbahce Bay). During the days it's full of sun beds and people. If you like soft sand your beach is in Bitez but this is very popular with families during the school holidays. If you are into water sports crowded and loud fun beaches then visit Gumbet.

Attractions

There is plenty to see and do whilst in the Bodrum area of Turkey and we have listed a few ideas below. Several of these attractions can be booked at discounted rates to our customers who use our holidays search option. If you're only booking the hotel with us then most attractions can be booked from your hotel or via a local agency but the cost may be higher


Dedeman Aqua Park Have a ball splashing in pools, shooting down slides or just lying in the sun at this transfer to Dedeman Aqua Park, the best waterpark Bodrum has to offer. Being Bodrum a city that exists in close relation with water due to its proximity with the Mediterranean, it can’t help offer its visitors all kinds of wetness-related attractions. And the waterpark is a definite winner. Crammed with zigzagging, topsy-turvy colourful slides that connect the sky with the water, Dedeman Aqua Park guarantees a day packed with fun for all ages. Its rides and aquatic adventures will please the younger ones while its sun terraces will prove great delights for sun worshippers. So take a dip and cool off from the hot Turkish sunshine while enjoying some quality time with friends or with the kids. Climb the abrupt ladders, like stairways to heaven, and plunge down the long twisting chutes that will shoot you out into the pool with a cool splash. Or ride the surf at the incredible wave pool. Kids will love the specially designed miniature slides through which they will feel a huge sense of adventure. Round off the day by working on your tan on one of the many sun terraces, or by feasting on a heart-warming meal at one of the restaurants or snack bars. Once the day is over, you will be transported back to the hotel, so you need only worry about having a good time. Start or opening time: 10am. End or closing time: 6pm. Click on the name to see more details and pictures of the Dedeman Aqua Park .


Ephesus Explore Ephesus, the largest collection of Roman ruins in the eastern Mediterranean on this full-day guided tour. One of the world’s best-preserved archaeological sites, visiting it is like stepping into a 2,000 year-old time warp. After being picked from your hotel early in the morning, we'll head straight for Ephesus, set in the hills above the Aegean coast. A knowledgeable local guide will tell you all about the fascinating past of this impressive city. Wander down marble-paved streets lined with fountains, temples and baths where mosaics and frescoes still decorate the walls of the ancient Roman houses. Saunter down the Arcadian Way that once served as the city’s main street towards the Great Theatre. Dug into a hillside, this 24,000-seater showcase once rang with the cries of gladiators and sermons of St. Paul. Visit the Library of Celsus where nearly 15,000 scrolls were once housed. Close by is the Temple of Artemis, once classed as one of the Wonders of the Ancient World? Only one column remains of this colossal monument, constructed in the 6th century BC. Then after lunch in a traditional local restaurant, we'll head back for your resort, arriving at around 18:00. This full day guided tour takes approximately twelve hours; you will be picked up from your hotel at around 06:00h, returning at 18:00 and includes transfers, bilingual guide and admission to Ephesus as well as lunch. We suggest you bring comfortable shoes and clothes, sunglasses and a cap, sun screen and extra cash in case you want to purchase souvenirs or food.


Dalyan Dalyan's been busy rolling out the red carpet a fair bit lately, with stars like Robbie Williams and Sting dropping by for a visit. And now you can follow in the footsteps of the stars with a trip to this magical spot on Turkey's Mediterranean coast. Sail down the emerald green Dalyan River and take in the eerie Rock Tombs dating back to 400BC. Plunge into the natural sulphur mud baths and smother yourself in therapeutic mud (said to strip ten years off you!), then dip into the hot sulphur pool to rinse yourself clean. After lunch on the boat, head to Caretta beach. Made famous by David Bellamy, it is the home and breeding ground of the rare loggerhead turtles. Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from hotels approx 8am-8:30am. Start/opening time:9am.


Adaland Aquapark Adaland is the coolest hotspot in Kusadasi, featuring drenching water adventure rides for a full splash fun day. World of unlimited fun, thrills, excitement and lush greenery is only 80km away from Izmir waiting just for you! You and your family will enjoy the thrills and spills of the heart thumping adrenaline rush in the most fascinating sun-washed water park ever created. We have a wide range of excellent facilities and water-based rides for a full day of fun, whether you make a splash cool blue waves, take a thrilling plunge down, the awesome and mild water slides to a splash pond below, just leisurely relax and float around the lazy river or just soak up the sun on the cool grassy beaches. Let your laughter echo throughout splashtastic cool escape! Our guests will enjoy splashing fun with more than 20 fantastic rides and attractions while the thrill seekers can experience the fastest waterslides and catch the wildest rides of their lives Click on the name to see more details and pictures of the Adaland Aquapark .


Bodrum tour Bodrum is famous one of the oldest town with its history and culture in Turkey. This half-day taster really shows you what Bodrum has to offer. Trip starts from windmills with a great sightseeing of both Bodrum and Gumbet bays. Visit the Myndos Gate, which was a part of the ancient city walls of Halicarnassus, and takes you to the ancient times of Bodrum and then enjoy a brief glimpse of the amphitheatre before hitting the modern part and shops of Bodrum. Meeting point: Depart from Hotels at 8.30am, returning from 3pm. Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up Start/opening time: Tour programme:08h30: Depart from hotels09h30: Visit at Windmills10h00: Visit at Myndos Gate10h20: Visit at Ancient Theatre10h30: Arrive to Bodrum Gold Center11h30: Depart from Bodrum Gold Center11h45: Arrive to Panama Leather Center12h30: Depart from Panama Leather Center12h50: Arrive to Bodrum Center and free time15h00: Depart to Hotels.


Chill Out Cruise This VIP cruise is all about sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the scenery. And because it is reserved exclusively for relaxing, the atmosphere is really relaxed and civilised. You’ll sail along Bodrum’s coastline, passing sandy beaches, little coves and colourful resorts. Hop on board the gulet, smooth on the sun-cream and stretch out on deck drenched in warm sunshine. With the sea breezes keeping you cool, it’s the perfect way to top up your tan. You’ll stop at three beaches and tuck into an included on board lunch along the way. At Camel beach, take a dip or even take a camel ride along the sands. Then there’s Aquarium Bay. With its pristine turquoise waters teeming with brightly coloured fish, it’s snorkelling heaven. And after one final stop in another achingly beautiful bay, you’ll get another chance to relax on the boat and enjoy the scenery as you sail slowly back to port.


Bodrum Peninsula - Local Flavours Discover the hidden gems of Bodrum Peninsula. Explore Gumusluk with its ancient city of Myndos and Yalkavak a thriving market and fishing village, free time. 'Yalikavak is the place to buy bargains and souvenirs at a popular weekly market - free time is given here to shop to your heart's content' before heading to Sazköy village, visit the Mosque, carpet center and tea house (one drink included). Last stop is the visit to Turtle Lake. Meeting/ pick-up point: Hotels from 8.00am to 9.00am. Start/opening time: At 9.45am.


Fishing Tour Even though the Bodrum Peninsula is surrounded by water on three sides, it’s surprising how little sport or recreational fishing opportunities there are available. If you’re an avid angler, and fancy a chuck (for those of us not in the “Reel” world – that’s a cast!) you don’t actually have a lot of venue choices. Actually, you’re limited to one. Most of the excursion companies around the Peninsula offer “Fishing Trips”, but the only location available is Torba. This is by no means a sports fishing excursion, it is more of a relaxing day, aimed at the part-time or novice angler. But if you are hankering for a little bit of aquatic “Man vs. Wild” – this trip could be for you. Meeting/ pick-up point: Hotel pick-up. Pick-up time: Between 8:30am and 09:30am. Start/opening time: At 10am. Drop-off time: At 4:30pm.


Kos Island Sit back and soak up the sun as you sail to the charming Greek island of Kos. As you set off by boat from Turkey this beautiful island welcomes you from across sparkling azure waters with its captivating gaze. After your boat ride to the capital, Kos Town, you’ll have the day to yourself to explore this pretty island at your leisure. Known for its sandy beaches and classical antiquities, this Dodecanese gem offers a little of something for everyone. Prepare to be enchanted by the town, where ancient and modern sit side by side. Take a stroll and admire the boats bobbing in the harbour, or dip into the shops and boutiques that sit along the attractive tree-lined streets behind. Sip coffee in the shaded square whilst contemplating the huge plane tree, said to have been where Hippocrates held lessons 2,400 years ago. History lovers will want to see nearby Asklepieion, one of Greece’s most important classical sites. Its marble temples mark where the world’s first hospital once stood. You can also visit the 15th century Knights fortress and breathe in panoramic sea views from its battlements. After seeing the town, you can choose to relax in the sun on one of the many golden beaches. Recline upon the soft powdery sand or go for a leisurely swim in the glistening water. There is an array of tempting restaurants and traditional tavernas where you can savour delicious Greek specialties as the sun dips below the horizon, before catching your ferry back.


Full Day Pamukkale Tour Discover one of Turkey’s natural treasures and take home some incredible pictures and unforgettable memories. After collection from the hotels the tour departs Bodrum at 06:30 and provides a 30 minute breakfast break in route (extra cost) in the Mugla CNS Centre, before continuing on to Pamukkale and the Roman city of Hierapolis, which has an impressive amphitheatre and large burial ground known as the necropolis. The natural springs at the site have been used as a spa for thousands of years and the amazing landscape which forms Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) was formed by calcium-filled springs pouring down the mountainside, its glacier-white ridges and pools resembling an Arctic wonderland. Approximately 2.5 hours free time is available for exploring this wonderful phenomenon which also includes the natural spring-filled Cleopatra’s pool; for an extra charge, there’s a wonderful opportunity to swim over fallen ancient columns and enjoy the warm, bubbly water. After lunch, the tour moves on to a leather factory before heading back for Bodrum, after a stop for refreshments on the way. Meeting/pick-up point: At the hotels. Start/opening time: 6:30am. End/closing time: Approx. 8pm.


Scuba Diving Try something new as you zip up your wetsuit and learn all you need to know before diving in the warm and clear blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Its colourful sea life and excellent visibility of 20 to 40 meters (70 to 130 feet) make Turkey’s waters the ideal place to learn to scuba dive, or if you are already an experience diver, to discover the abundant sea-life in the region. The seas here are teeming with creatures including octopus, stingrays, groupers, barracudas, morays, sea breams, seahorses and sponges, and if you´re really lucky, dolphins and turtles. This trial-size taster will let you sample the scuba diving experience without having to tie yourself down to a longer course and is an ideal way to spend the day. During this fantastic trip you will find yourself diving amongst colourful fish, with a chance to have your photo taken underwater (for an extra charge). Lunch is included. The scuba diving course is subject to the following restrictions: Not recommended for children under the age of 14, people suffering from respiratory infections or asthma, pregnant women, and sufferers of diabetes or hypertension.


Sundowner Cruise Join us for this sunset-and-dinner cruise and see Bodrum in a new light - from the sea. First, we'll drive you to your gulet at Gumbet harbour, where you'll set sail at sundown. Keep your camera ready as you drift past rugged shores and into picture-postcard Aquarium Bay. But the star turn is yet to come - Bodrum harbour. Think whitewashed houses tumbling down the hillsides to massive St. Peter's Castle. Splitting the harbour in two, this 15th century fortress was built by the Knights of St. John and strikes a dramatic pose, especially at dusk. Dropping anchor in the waters below, you'll get great views over its towers and battlements, which are illuminated at night. You'll stay here as dinner is served on deck. Tuck in to your meal and buy drinks from the bar as you take in the romantic setting - the floodlit castle backed by the twinkling lights of Bodrum.


Turgutreis market Shopaholics and souvenir hunters listen up - this one's right up your street. It's a morning dedicated entirely to shopping at a bustling Turkish street bazaar. First up, we'll pick you up from your hotel and drop you off in the centre of the action, giving you around two hours to roam around on your own. Get ready to splash your cash as you wander round the rows of shaded stalls. You'll pass tables laden with tempting local fruit and vegetables and all kinds of foodstuffs. You'll see stalls piled high with soft-knit pashminas, jewelled slippers and hand-woven rugs. And rack after rack of soft leather bags, brightly painted pots and gleaming brass ornaments. You name it you'll probably find it here. Just make sure you haggle to get the best deals. The stallholders will take euros, UK Sterling and Turkish Lira. And whatever you do, don't leave without buying a box of sugar-dusted Turkish Delight. These sticky sweets are an exotic taste of Turkey and a great take-home treat. Turgutreis itself is a pretty seaside town, named after Turgut Reis (known in the West as Dragut), a Turkish admiral who was born here in 1485. You will also enjoy its 5 kilometres of sandy beaches and many waterfront restaurants and bars. At the end of the tour you get to rest your legs and enjoy a refreshment break at the Gold Centre.


Turkish bath Relax into your holiday and kick-start your tan with a Turkish bath or Hamman. Hammams have existed in Turkey since ancient times, providing locals with a way to relax, freshen up and catch up with gossip all at the same time. They are also brilliant for exfoliating your skin so you are more likely to develop a lasting tan. Everything starts when we take you to one of the best local hammams. Here, you will change into your swimwear in a cubicle and wrap up in a towel. Then it is off to the hammam itself - a humid, marble-tiled room with a ”gobektasi”, or heated stone slab, in the centre. Relax as the heat softens your skin, opens your pores and gets you sweating out those toxins. Next, you will lie on the gobektasi, where you will be treated to a body scrub followed by a head-to-toe massage in soft, soapy bubbles. Then there will be plenty of time to rinse off and cool down before returning back to your hotel feeling tingling and refreshed. This exclusive hammam experience includes a 20 minute oil massage. This half-day excursion includes hotel pick up and drop off, all transfers, sauna, hammam, peeling, soap, and soap massage.


Izmir tour from Kusadasi Scratch below the surface in Turkey and you’ll find ancient Greece. Izmir, the country’s third largest city, has been inhabited for thousands of years and was known as Smyrna in classical times. The city is packed with history and attractions. With this fascinating guided tour, visit Bostanli market for 2 hours free time shopping for bargains before sailing across the Izmir Gulf by ferry to Kemeralti, the traditional bazaar district. Here the tour visits the historic clock tower in Konak Square before free time in the bazaar which dates back more than 700 years. Hotel pick-up with departure by coach between 8.00am and 9.00am and return journey back at 3.45pm. Tours are in English. You should have comfortable shoes, money, cameras, a cap and take a cardigan and sweatshirt in April, May and October.


Dolphin show from Kusadasi Watching a dolphin show has to be one of the best ways to spend an hour or two in Kusadasi. And that is what this trip has in store. At the Dolphin park in Adaland where you will be seated around the dolphin lagoon. Backed by Kusadasi's green hills and a replica of the Celsus Library at Ephesus, it is an impressive setting. Then it is time for the show. Watch entranced as the park's trio of dolphins - Celsus, Star and Ada - splash, surge and spin in the water, showing off their agility and skills. They will also perform acrobatic feats like leaping through hoops and twirling balls on their noses. And they are not the only creatures that make an appearance. Three sealions - Kiwi, Mars and Venus - get in on the act as well, keeping everyone laughing with a programme of funny tricks. The performance lasts for 40-45 minutes and afterwards, you will get the chance to have your photos taken with the show's loveable stars. Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from hotels. Duration: Half day. Start/opening time: Daily at 2pm.


Day trip to Samos Island Samos Island of Greece is 12 miles in distance from Kusadasi. It takes a little less than two hours by Ferry boat to get across. Samos Island hosts the guests with its typical architecture and natural characteristics and worth seeing places. For ferry to Samos the port tax is included. It includes two way transfer [From hotel to port and vice versa].Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up from the hotel. Duration: 10 hours including transfers, 7 hours without. Start or opening time:7:30 am. End or closing time: 4:30pm departure from Samos. Included: Ferry boat Transport, Port Tax. Not included: Meals and drinks. It includes two way transfer [From hotel to port and vice versa].You should have comfortable shoes, money, cameras, towel, passport, cap and take a cardigan and sweatshirt in April, May & October.


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