Top 5 Things To Do In Bodrum

I’m just back from the most fantastic week in Turkey and I want to share my top 5 things to do in Bodrum with you.

1 – Marina and Seafront

Bodrum has a stunning marina, lined with palm trees, flowers and housing some luxury stores. It can berth up to 450 yachts, and you will see many beautiful old wooden boats, or “gulets” that can be chartered for a day trip.

Gulet -
There are quite a few interesting statues to look out for along the way.

This diver is a particularly funny one.

You’ll come across this funky chandelier at Fink Beach.

Bodrum nightclub
Heading back towards the Castle, there’s a great display of Turkish flags.

Bodrum Mosque -

2 – Bodrum Museum

Bodrum Museum is a picturesque site, housed in the Castle and containing the Museum of Underwater Archaelogy. There are many treasures that have been recovered from the sea and it’s very well presented. The castle was actually built from stones that were part of one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, the Mausoleum of Halicarnasus, of which more later!

Bodrum Castle -
We saw these cats playing outside, there are many in Bodrum.

If you walk beyond the Castle right to the end you will find the sea wall and great views over the bay.

Bodrum bay -

3 – Bodrum Market

Just a few minutes from the Castle, Bodrum Market is a maze of shady streets and a great place to get out of the sun!

Bodrum Market -
The market stays open until midnight, and there are restaurants and coffee shops inside. We particularly liked the cakes at Yunuslar and went there twice.

Cake shop Bodrum market
Bodrum cake
You can buy all kinds of presents: colourful lanterns, silk scarves, leather goods and blue charms to ward off the evil eye.

Bodrum market lanterns -

4 – The Mausoleum – 7th Wonder of the Ancient World

After shopping, it’s time for some culture! Today there is not so much left of the Mausoleum, it must have been an incredible sight. It was built as a tribute to Mausolus, the ruler of Halicarnassus by his wife Artemisia when he died in 353 BC. She vowed to create the most impressive tomb in the world. It became one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and made the word “mausoleum” famous. The original tomb is believed to have looked like this model below. It was destroyed by the Crusaders in the 13th century, and rediscovered by the archaeologist Charles Thomas Newton in 1846.

Mausoleum -
You can wander freely around the grounds and admire the stone columns. A couple of the original statues are located in the British Museum, London.

Mausoleum -
Here’s another cat relaxing amongst the ruins.

We found a hidden tunnel – it gets narrower as you go on!

5 – The Antique Theatre

Dating from the 4th century BC, the Antique Theatre is clearly visible from the road.
Antique Theatre Bodrum -
It’s a 10 minute cab ride from the centre of Bodrum and gives a panoramic view across the bay. It has a capacity of around 13,000 guests and outdoor concerts are sometimes held here.

Bodrum bay -
After all this culture, we had worked up an appetite so headed back to the marina for a magical evening at Istanbul Charcuterie. Located right at the very far end of the marina, it’s next to a working lighthouse. You sit by the rocks, looking out over the boats and the illuminated castle in the distance.

Istanbul Charcuterie -
Everyone has the same set menu, with some delicious Turkish mezze.

Mr Luxe enjoyed his mezze as you can see, and they brought out a blanket for me. Nights can be a bit chilly!

Mr Luxe
All in all, there is so much to do in Bodrum that you will not be bored! Read about part 1 of my Turkish trip here.

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    I love Turkish food. Where did you stay in Bodrum? Years ago I stayed in a gorgeous hotel called Macakizi.

    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

  • Hi Angie, we stayed at the Kempinski, fabulous place

  • Made in Mauve

    Cool photos. Looks like an awesome place. Thanks for sharing

    Made in Mauve

  • The Fashion Panda

    Now I really want to visit Bodrum ! Looks beautiful 🙂

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  • love&limoncello

    Ah loving the pictures. Looks like you had a fair old explore and perfect weather to do so.