Kempinski Blog Article
One of the quintessential Turkish resort towns, for decades, Bodrum has captivated countless visitors with its enjoyable combination of history, culture and bold seafront beauty. Located on the Bodrum Peninsula, which extends out of the south western tip of the country towards the Greek Island of Kos, this is a place that appeals to every variety of visitor, whatever the time of year.
Bodrum offers a breadth of experiences that, compared to most other Mediterranean destinations, is unmatched. As recent as the mid-century, the city was a tiny fishing village, home to intellectuals, writers and artists who had been exiled there during the preceding decades.
Yet, as the decades went by, the location's Mediterranean charms began to draw in visitors looking to spend some time in the pretty whitewashed streets, swim in the azure waters, and explore the many historical wonders dotted throughout the town.
Bodrum is not like other Turkish resort towns. Instead of tourist attractions and neon lights, it has a particularly bohemian charm that runs through the location's restaurants, bars, clubs, shops and hotels. It is home to the ruins of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (Bodrum's ancient name) – fortresses and an ancient amphitheatre, as well as exciting culinary and nightlife offerings.
All of these remarkable aspects are accessed by visitors of all types throughout the year – from budget holidaymakers, to the wealthiest travellers, and everyone in-between.
Welcoming visitors from across the globe, the restaurants in Bodrum are excellent, bringing a delicious, unique selection of meals, cuisines and experiences to diners.
One of the top restaurants in the city is the El Vino Restaurant. Offering a wide range of Mediterranean dishes inspired by the area's Turkish and Greek heritage and a delightful variety of seafood dishes, diners can enjoy the restaurant's rooftop views – possibly the best in the city.
Guests in the city are similarly blessed by the Avlu Bistro, hidden down one of Bodrum's quaint side streets. Here, the menu features a range of Turkish dishes, mixed together with Mediterranean influences, all of which use fine local ingredients that are presented with a good eye for detail and aesthetics.
As one might expect from a seafront location, there are lots of choices for seafood lovers in Bodrum, especially so at Malades Restaurant. Shrimp, squid, octopus, sea bass, even roasted anglerfish – for those looking for something beyond the usual line-up of seafood dishes served at many restaurants, the sheer range on offer here is enough encourage a repeat trip!
Whatever your tastes, Bodrum offers visitors everything they could possibly want from a seaside getaway on the Turquoise Coast. Whether you are visiting at the height of the summer season or in the sleepier winter months, you are certain never to have a dull moment.
The Castle of St Peter
Built between 1402 and 1437 by the Knights Hospitallers of St John, the Castle of St Peter is one of Bodrum's most recognisable landmarks, jutting out into the bay. From the top of the ancient and interesting structure, visitors can enjoy a wonderful view out over the surrounding area – a true must-see.
A perfect holiday shopping experience, a huge range of pottery, jewellery, apparel and rugs can be found in the winding, chic streets of the city's bazaar. Elegantly presented and covered by a canopy of green, this is one of the most picturesque shopping areas in the whole of Turkey – just make sure you practice your haggling skills beforehand!
Museum of Underwater Archaeology
Having undergone a smart redevelopment, the exhibits at this museum are excellently presented – amphorae, treasures unearthed from the depths and displays of ancient sunken ships and their once-lost cargoes. It is interactive too – children will love the museum's glass blowing workshops.
The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
As well as the now-lost Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Colossus of Rhodes and Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – some of the most mystifying structures of antiquity. Visitors to Bodrum can view the ruins of this amazing structure, seeing and touching one of the most inspiring pieces of classical history.
Given its popularity, Bodrum is easily accessible via plane to Bodrum-Milas Airport – 35km from the city. For visitors coming from more distant locations, Dalaman and Izmir airports are a comfortable three hours' drive away.
While visitors to the latter two airports may have to hire a car or arrange transport to Bodrum, those arriving at the city's airport can use the airport's coach services, usually timed to coincide with the arrival of flights. Private airport transfers and taxis are also an option, however travel by coach is far less expensive.
Bus services to Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, Adana and so on are also available, however these can take a rather long time to reach Bodrum. Ferry services from Kos and Rhodes can also be taken advantage of.
While in the city, dolmuş taxis are a popular means of travel. These are regular minibuses that pick up travellers along a set route, and are very inexpensive.
In terms of accommodation, the best rooms and suites in the city can be found at the Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay. Located in a beautiful inlet, the hotel features a private beach, elegant pool areas, exquisite restaurants and a fully outfitted spa. True luxury.
Intrigued by this particular gem of the Aegean? Please feel free to contact us for more information on what exciting Bodrum has to offer.