I can honestly say that out of all the Turkish coastal resorts that I have visited, Bodrum is my favorite. While walking around the main town, I felt a sense of style where every street and every shop blends into an overall portrait of sophistication and lazy afternoons relaxing.It is so hard not to pay homage to the way Bodrum has developed itself.
Its allure seems to be the result of well thought out and planned ideas by the powers that be. The resort that I live in called Altinkum has suffered greatly due to quick development and as I walk around the streets of my hometown, I frequently come upon a mish mash of houses thrown up in haste and I feel an overall sense of confusion.
In Bodrum, I saw the complete opposite. White sugar cube houses trail down the hillsides to complete a uniformed, pleasing sight to the eye. Streets have been paved properly and the general lay out of the town can make any tourist throw away their map with confidence.
What is Bodrum Famous for?
* The airport. Holiday makers who hate long transfers will delight in the fact that the airport is only a twenty minute drive away.
* The marina. Perhaps one of the most established in Turkey. Dozens of yachts that will cost many people an arm and a leg, dock into Bodrum to experience the fine cuisine and brand name shopping.
* Speaking of shopping, don’t forget about the Oasis center which is probably the biggest collection of shops on the Aegean coast of Turkey.
* Five star hotels. While there are many cheap, standard hotels in Bodrum, there are also five star luxury hotels that take their business seriously and could probably shame their European counterparts.
It sits down by the harbor and the views from the castle walls are definitely worthy of a full page spread in the National Geographic. Just next to it, is the underwater museum where you can see ship wrecks and relics from the sea in years gone by.
We visited Bodrum just last week so found a slow pace way of life thanks to the winter period. In summer though, it is a hustling bustling resort visited by tourists from many different nationalities. After spending the day walking around the coastline of the main town, we retreated back to the hotel to get ready for an evening out.
We took advantage of a free pick up service from our hotel by a local restaurant called The Hong Kong Chinese restaurant. Delicious food and excellent service leads me to recommend this restaurant, should you be in the area. We then headed to a bar, where we found ourselves the only two punters who were thirsty for a drink.
The one downside to Bodrum is that it can be more expensive than its neighboring resorts. Our meal for two people was 120 TL and while we did splash out, the same meal in other resorts probably would be half that price. We also headed into the Helva bar in Bodrum, where we were hit with a bill of 10tl for a beer and 15tl for a glass of wine. A beer in a beachside day time café cost 6tl, so if you are the type who likes your nightlife then be prepared to shop around if you want cheap booze.
Would I Recommend Bodrum for a Holiday Destination?
Definitely, whether you are a young couple with money to burn or a large family on a budget, Bodrum has something to offer everyone. I can also add that if you visit Bodrum first and then head to other coastal resorts, you might be disappointed as Bodrum spoils everyone who walks down her fine streets.