Bodrum Peninsula, Turkey

Turkey’s top resort, Bodrum, is more than the town of that name.

The Bodrum Peninsula, extending west into the Aegean and bordering the Mediterranean, actually has a dozen resort towns and villages along its shores, of which famous Bodrum is but one. Each has its own beaches, hotels and other pleasures.

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Although Bodrum was Turkey’s original south Aegean seaside resort, and has the richest history on the peninsula with its crusader castle and Mausoleum, other villages—now grown to towns—are becoming almost as well-known:

Akyarlar

A series of small bays and peninsulas at the southwestern corner of the peninsula, Akyarlar has something for everyone. More…

Bitez

Among the Bodrum peninsula’s more “mature” resorts, it has a good dark sand beach, deepish water offshore, and spectacular sunset views. More…

Turgutreis

The largest town on the western shore of the peninsula, Turgutreis has a surprisingly pleasant and accommodating waterfront promenade and beach. More…

Gümüşlük

Long known for its small waterfront restaurants, memorable sunset dinners, and the ruins of ancient Myndos lurking just offshore. More…

Yalıkavak

A worthy challenger to Bodrum, Yalıkavak is a pleasant, pretty town with a good beach, historic bazaar, and lots of yachts. More…

Göltürkbükü

Two resorts in one, with plenty of choice to find what you like. More…

Gündoğan

Gündoğan can boast a wide (though short) beach and plenty of holiday villas to let. More…

Kadıkalesi

Small, uncrowded seaside village? Kadıkalesi may be what you’re looking for. More…

Torba

Farthest from Bodrum, at the eastern end of the peninsula’s north shore, Torba is small, simple and relatively undiscovered—and far from the madding crowds. More…

Yahşi

The southern beach suburb of Ortakent, Yahşi has a great variety of beaches and accommodations. More…

Click here to browse all the hotels on the Bodrum peninsula.

—by Tom Brosnahan


Akyarlar

Bitez

Yahşi

Torba

Göltürkbükü

Gündoğan

Yalıkavak

Gümüşlük

Kadıkalesi

Turgutreis

Ortakent

Bodrum

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