The best things to do in Bodrum

Bodrum in Turkey may not be the number one place to go on most travel bucket lists, which is a shame – because beautiful Bodrum actually has a heck of a lot to offer.

In fact, I challenge you not to add it to your bucket list after you’ve read this list of the best things to do in Bodrum. I know you’ll want to go to Bodrum so much after this that I’ll include a link so you can start looking into Bodrum flights right away – I am that confident.

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Castle of St. Peter

For an amazing day full of history, art and culture, the best place to visit in Bodrum is the Castle of St. Peter. Completed in the year 1437 in preparation for war, you can see some seriously magnificent architecture on the castle. Not to mention the great views available to you from its many battalions.

The Castle of St. Peter has seemingly endless exhibits – including one where you can explore a full-sized reconstruction of a late-Roman ship, and another that is an amazing underwater archaeology museum. It offers something of interest for everyone.


For a full day of fantastic beach fun and then an even better romantic date at the end of the day, the ultimate place to visit in Bodrum is in Turgutreis. Turgutreis is a sub area of Bodrum and is known best for the striking orange sunsets that are unlike anywhere else.

Just sit back and watch the orange glow fall onto the skin of your loved one while enjoying delicious food at the beach-front restaurants. Turgutreis is a newer resort area, even though its history runs back for over 500 years. This area has plenty to appreciate and enjoy.

Bodrum Amphitheatre

Now let’s take a remarkable step back into history with a visit to the Bodrum Amphitheatre, which dates all the way back to the 4th century. You can’t help but feel like you’re in an entirely different era.

The amphitheater seats 13,000 people and offers grand views looking out onto the waters. It’s actually another perfect spot to watch a lovely Bodrum sunset. And there’s also some very interesting rock tombs from the Hellenistic and Roman era right nearby.

The Bodrum ampitheatre, Turkey

Bodrum Windmills

If you’re interested in some amazing views, then check out the windmills located on top of the hill near Yalikavak resort. Although the windmills stopped being used in the 1970s, they started their long lives in the 18th century.

The fantastic panoramic views from the hill make it worth the hike. You can see all of Bodrum and Gumbet, as well as the Greek island of Kos. The views get even slightly better at night! This is definitely one place where you would not want to forget to bring your camera.

Bodrum Hammams

Though this is not a specific location, it’s definitely a specific experience that anyone visiting Turkey needs to have… Turkish baths! You simply have to spend an afternoon pampering yourself with a unique Turkish bath experience. You can enjoy the traditional hot rocks that you lay on to sweat out the toxins, a exfoliating scrub to make you feel cleaner than you ever have before, and then calm and refresh your skin (and mind!) with a wonderful oil massage.

What could be a better end to an amazing holiday in Bodrum?

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