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Turkey - See And Do

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From perusing its many historical treasures, to relaxing on beautiful beaches, hiking in the countryside, or trying your hand at the watersports on offer – there’s a wealth of things to see and do in Bodrum. With a rich and varied history and miles of unspoiled coastline nearby, family holidays in Bodrum are always memorable.

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The sights

St. Peter’s Castle: Located at the far end of the marina, this prominent castle is the most famous building in Bodrum and offers lovely views in all directions as well as a fascinating history.

Amphitheatre: Built around 4th century BC during the reign of King Mausolos, the Amphitheatre is a beautiful example of a classical Greek theatre. Situated on a hillside, it offers fantastic views of Bodrum harbour.

Nightlife: Whether you’re eating at the many fantastic restaurants and cafes or heading to the thriving mix of bars and nighclubs, Bodrum offers a great range of entertainment options for a fun night on the town.

 

Beaches

Bitez Beach: Perfect for families thanks to its shallow water, Bitez Beach, which is located about 7km west of Bodrum, also offers a range of fantastic watersports.

Bodrum Beach: This relatively small beach is situated along the Eastern bay.  Whilst it can be busy during the day, it is delightful at night, where you can have a nice dinner at the restaurants along the sand.

Gumbet Beach: Located next to Bodrum centre, Gumbet is clean and accessible with a range of amenities, cafes and bars, as well as watersports for all ages.

 

Activities

Hiking: With its fantastic climate, particularly during spring and autumn, Bodrum is an ideal spot for hiking. There is a variety of beautiful trails of different levels that take walkers past ancient cities and stunning landscapes.

Scuba diving: Thanks to the calm and crystal clear Aegean Sea, Bodrum Peninsula is a perfect spot for spotting shipwrecks and a wide variety of beautiful marine life, including moray eels, barracuda and parrot fish. 

 

What's on in Turkey this summer:

August: 

  • Gumusluk International Classical Music Festival: Early to late August, held at the neighbouring seaside village of Gumusluk since 2004, as its historical Eklisia Church. Further concerts now take place at he Bodrum Ampitheatre, always attracting leading musicians and orchestras from Turkey and further. 
  • Aegean Festival: Mid-August, with food, folklore music and dancing, and various other activities, lasting for an entire week at the Yalikavak Marina.
  • Bodrum International Ballet Festival: Mid to late August, features classical performances by renowned orchestras at the Castle of St. Peter.

September:

  • Bodrum Ortakent Yahsi Folkloric Dance Festval: Mid September, lasting three days and staged at various central venues, including Erdal Ceric Square. 

 

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