The Bodrum Peninsula can be reached directly by international
flights from the UK, so makes for an excellent week-long Aegean
Coast holiday within just four hours' flight. Alternatively,
combine it with Istanbul and/or Cappadocia via internal flights for
a longer trip.
The town of Bodrum itself, into which the flights arrive, is
large and home to many good restaurants and a booming nightlife. A
short (15-20 minute) drive north of Bodrum across the peninsula is
the beautiful harbour at Torba, with the nearby village of Golkoy
also worth a visit, lying as it does along an incredibly pretty
little bay. Yes there are plenty of large resorts dotted around,
but we have sought out the smaller boutique hotels, and it is very
easy to get away from the resorts and the crowds and to see
traditional life in the midst of tourist modernisation.
On foot or by hire car, we recommend exploring the plentiful
little bays, coves and small villages dotted all along the
peninsula. Most beaches are pebbly, so hotels have bathing
platforms - Casa Dell'Arte and a handful of others being an
Outside the hotel restaurants, the beachside bars, and the wide
choice in Bodrum town, finding little local eateries inland is one
of the great pleasures of this region; feast on delicious mezze and
kebabs at great prices.
Being Turkey, there is bags of culture to explore too, from tiny
ruined inland villages to the must-see site of the Ancient City of
Ephesus, which is just a couple of hours from Bodrum, and
considered the best preserved classical city in the region. Stroll
along the Sacred Way, take a seat in the 25,000 capacity open-air
Great Theatre and take away a real feel for life in Roman
Prefer being out at sea? Take a gulet
boat trip for the day or enjoy the diving and excellent wind
and kite surfing.