What to See & Do in Bodrum

Here’s a map of important locations in Bodrum.

Castle of St Peter

Bodrum’s must-see sigh, both because it’s a medieval Crusader castle, and because it holds the world’s finest Museum of Underwater Archeology. More…

The Mausoleum

The ruins of the monumental tomb of King Mausolus of Caria, so impressive that it gave its name to every grand tomb since, are hidden on a back street of Bodrum. The tomb was built for him, in his memory, by his sister, who was also his wife. More…

Greco-Roman Theater

Built, as these ancient theaters were, at the top of the town, with a splendid view, it’s a great place to sit and gaze at Bodrum, its castle and its bay, especially at sunset. More…

Yacht Cruises

Bodrum is one of Turkey’s prime yachting ports. If you don’t choose to take a week-long Blue Voyage, you can readily enjoy a day cruise around the Bodrum peninsula, including a stop for lunch and a swim, as well as some shore excursions. Just go down to the harbor and talk to the captains the evening before you want to sail. More…


The Bodrum peninsula offers lots of goals for day-trips, including the many small towns (with beaches) on the peninsula, the yacht-building shipworks at İçmeler, and trips into the mountains to see traditional villages.

You can even go as far north as Ephesus, with numerous other interesting stops along the way. More…


Bodrum has been famous for nightlife for decades, ever since an old Ottoman-Greek mansion overlooking the water was converted from a family pension to be the renowned Halikarnas Disco.

But loud music and dancing clubs are not the only thing to do at night. I prefer a quiet dinner at an open-air table in a waterfront restaurant along Neyzen Tevfik Caddesi near the Bodrum Marina.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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