One of Turkey’s (officially the Republic of Türkiye) most popular coastal resorts and the gateway to the picturesque Bodrum Peninsula, Bodrum has a wealth of natural and historical sights right on its doorstep. Three days gives you plenty of time to lounge on the idyllic beaches and explore farther afield. Here’s how to spend three days in Bodrum.
Day 1: Sightseeing and Sunbathing
Take a guided city tour this morning to help you maximize your time. Learn about Bodrum’s ancient Greek history at the Bodrum amphitheater; visit the Myndos Gate to see the remains of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world; then drive along the coast to see the Bodrum windmills. Visit the landmark Castle of St. Peter and its Museum of Underwater Archaeology, then enjoy lunch with a view of the ocean at the Palmarina. In the afternoon, head to Bodrum’s main beach, Kumbahce, to swim, take part in water sports such as kayaking, and enjoy sunset cocktails at a beachside bar. Stick around after dark to experience Bodrum’s legendary nightlife—the city’s most popular nightclubs are located along the beachfront.
Day 2: Explore the Bodrum Peninsula
Set sail on a catamaran or private yacht today, stopping to swim and snorkel at Aquarium Bay, ride a camel along Camel Beach, or discover the natural caves of Black Island. For the best value, opt for a full-day tour including lunch. Alternatively, take a day trip to a Greek island: to Rhodes, where you can visit the medieval town—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and admire the magnificent Palace of the Grand Masters, or ride the hydrofoil to Kos to explore ancient ruins and beautiful beaches. Back in Bodrum, book a table at one of the city’s seafront restaurants and sample typical Turkish cuisine, or head out to the Karnas Vineyards for a romantic dinner and wine tasting.
Day 3: Experience Turkish Culture
On your last day, gain insight into traditional rural life on a Jeep safari or village tour of the Bodrum Peninsula. Visit the town of Turgutreis or the lively seaside resort of Gümüslük, where you can browse the local markets, sample typical Turkish foods and wines, or visit a local farm. In the afternoon, plan a fun activity such as a buggy ride or a horseback ride, and discover the wild landscapes on an off-road adventure. Families might opt to visit Dedeman Aquapark, which has thrilling slides, wave pools, and activities for all ages. Relax and unwind with a visit to a Turkish bath and top off your trip with a traditional hammam and foam massage.