What are the best things to do in Bodrum? In this blog you will find out. We will discuss all the cultural, beautiful and fantastic places in the area. The delightful appeal of the Bodrum peninsula attracts millions of tourists every year but not just once. Many tourists catch ‘the bug’, and after they’ve been, they keep coming year after year. Many will call it their second home after becoming hooked by its beauty and charm. There are lots of things that will draw you here to see the best things to do in Bodrum.

Who comes to Bodrum? 

Bodrum Mugla which is located in the south-west of Turkey’s Aegean appeals to every kind of traveller. From young to old, families to couples, large groups to solo travellers. Below we will expand on some of the activities to keep you absorbed in Bodrum’s appeal. There are plenty of things to do in Bodrum.

Bodrum Hotels – luxury to budget

The needs of clientele in Bodrum differ hugely. In terms of hotels, you can find 1-star hostels for the travellers needing just to rest their head to sleep. Or you can stay in Bodrum’s best hotels. These are 5-star plush resorts in which you’ll feel like royalty. They have all the entertainment you could wish for without having to leave the comfort of your hotel. The luxury Bodrum all-inclusive hotels can be found in all areas of the peninsula. These hotels are either overlooking the spectacular coastal scenery from the hillside or located on blue-flagged private beaches at sea level. Many world-famous hotel chains have reached Bodrum and some even have price tags to allure the global rich and famous.

It is in Bodrum City centre and nearby Gumbet that the more budget-friendly hotels and apartments can be found. This is because in these areas of the peninsula amenities such as restaurants, bars and beaches are easily accessible. You get a lot for your money in these areas with B&B, spacious self-catering apartments and even all-inclusive options on offer.

Bodrum hotel
Bodrum Hotel

Are the beaches good on the peninsula?

The Bodrum peninsula is bursting with beautiful coves, bays and beaches which almost entirely cover its coastline. Most of the beaches in popular resorts such as Bitez, Gumbet and Turgutreis have coarse sand, and crystal clear waters. The seas are safe to swim in with mostly no currents and shallow waters. The best beach in Bodrum in terms of the amenities and the soft sand and clear water is Yahsi beach.

It is not only the beautiful water and sand that keeps holidaymakers happy in Bodrum, as you’ll find a large selection of watersports including jet ski’s, rings, banana boat, and airstream among others available on nearly every beach.

bodrum beach
Bodrum beach

Are there tours and excursions in Bodrum?

For most of us, the luxury of some hotels here would be out of reach price-wise. For the majority, a visit to these hotels would be reserved for a  special occasion such as a honeymoon, or even a wedding setting. But that doesn’t mean we should feel like we’re missing out. After all, to see the true beauty of a country we can’t sit around the pool and read it in a magazine. It’s best to venture out, meet the locals, try the food and see the sights! Day tours and excursions from Bodrum are by far the most attractive jaunts that holidaymakers can join and they are increasing every year in popularity.

The list of things to do here with family, in a couple, or by yourself is plentiful whether you have young children who need constant entertaining, or your group or couple can appreciate the culture, history and natural beauty of this wonderful place. You can see all the that is on offer. The best tours in Bodrum take advantage of the crystal clear waters with Bodrum boat tours, private boat tours and scuba diving to name a couple. Or if you’re more interested in history and culture then you can take tours from Bodrum to Ephesus, Pamukkale or to Dalyan. Easy Book Tours is a reputable tour company in Bodrum who can offer you countless amounts of fun!

Where is the best place to shop?

Bodrum city centre is a very modern peninsula. If you love to shop then there is nothing you won’t find here in the beautiful cobble-stoned lanes of the city itself.  In every sea-side resort you will be spoilt for choice with street after street full of souvenir shops. It is here where you can do some of the best shopping in Bodrum. These shops are like treasure troves and you’ll find gems that will surely remind you of your magical time in Bodrum. The souvenir delights that you can buy are too many to list, but we can name a few. The famous ‘Turkish eye’ which brings you luck is widely available. As are the windmill ornaments which are famous for the region. Countless amounts of goodies covered in elegant shells, vibrant hand made ceramics, stained glass lanterns are also very popular.

Look no further than 10 kilometres from Bodrum city centre and you will find 2 shopping malls. Midtown and Oasis shopping centres are modern and great for shopping. Both have many global brands such as Marks & Spencers, Mango, English Home store, Gratis, Decathalon, Deichman, and H&M. Plus a huge number of Turkish brands and boutiques where you can do a spot of luxury shopping in Bodrum. If you want a spot of lunch or dinner whist shopping then Midtown shopping mall will give you the choice of around 50 eateries and food stalls.

If you ever need to furnish a house in Bodrum then the super trendy home depo department stores and home and garden furniture boutiques will help you make you house a home.

Shopping in Turkish Markets

Fresh spices, herbs and teas, and of course the ‘real-fake’ designer clothes and handbags.  If you want to shop for souvenirs then you must visit the local markets while you’re in Bodrum. They are certainly a feast for the eyes! And are great for a spot of cheap shopping in Bodrum. It’s not only souvenir shopping that you can sample on your holidays.

shopping in bodrum
Shopping in Bodrum

Where to Eat and Drink in Bodrum, Turkey?

Eating out in Bodrum is a must-do and you are spoilt for choice. The Turks are very proud of their cuisine and eating out is a way of life in Bodrum among locals and tourists. Even if you were here for a year you wouldn’t be able to experience all the delights the area has to offer. There is no shortage of places to eat in Bodrum. Whatever you enjoy eating you will find it here, from Turkish food, European food, Chinese food, Indian food and fast food restaurants.

What are the best restaurants in Bodrum? Well, this question is open-ended. There are restaurants that celebrities frequent, and those which cook fresh, wholesome home-cooked food. It’s not for this blog to say what the best food in Bodrum is. Food prices here differ greatly too, but it’s not always in relation to quality. Most Turks enjoy a delicious Mercimek (lentil) soup and a Lahmacun (thin based pizza) any day, and it’s one of the cheapest meals available.

What are the local Turkish dishes?

Bodrum is famous for its fish and raki restaurants and they are very popular with the locals. These are fascinating restaurants often with a small group of musicians entertaining you at your table-side, taking requests from the natives. You’ll find fish restaurants all over the peninsula, and Gumusluk seafront is particularly famous for it’s deliciously cooked fish.

The marina in Bodrum is alive at night with stylish restaurants and bars and it’s popular with all ages and nationalities in the summer months. You can eat anything here from seafood and pizza to amazingly cooked meat platters and of course the famous Turkish mezes. There is no end of things to do in Bodrum and you are sure to want to return again and again to participate in all the delights the area has to offer.

restaurants in bodrum
Restaurants in Bodrum
  • Who comes to Bodrum? – Bodrum is for everyone! visit with your family. Visit with friends. Or visit in a couple.
  • Hotels – luxury to budget – the best thing about Bodrum is that no one can be priced out of accommodation. You’ll find both amazingly luxurious hotels through to self-catering apartments here. The more budget-friendly are ideal for tourists wishing to explore the area.
  • Are the beaches good on the peninsula? There is no such thing as the best beach in Bodrum Peninsula as they all have their own charm, from quiet coves where you might not see another person, to bustling stretches full of amenities.
  • Are there tours & Excursions we can do? The tour operators in Bodrum have enough tours to fill every day of your holiday if that’s what you wish. From the aquapark in Ortakent to private boat trips, to a daily tour to Pamukkale.
  • Where is the best place to shop? Whether you like souvenir shopping or clothes shopping, there is plenty of shopping in Bodrum city centre or in the shopping malls.
  • Where to eat and drink on holiday? You will never tire of eating food in Bodrum, as there is enough choice to try something completely different every day.

Now you have had an introduction on things to do in Bodrum please check out our other blogs. We have much more exciting advice and info available. Check out the rest of our page for daily tours and excursions in and around the peninsula.