The south-western Aegean region of Turkey is on the cusp of where the Eastern world meets the West and has a history stretching back thousands of years. Today it is possibly more well-known for the fantastic resort of Bodrum, which has rightly built a reputation as one of the finest destinations for Turkish holidays.
The Mediterranean climate can reach very high temperatures in the height of summer, although winter temperatures are on a par with what you’ll find during a relatively disappointing summer here in the UK.
The town itself is an historic port and, in more modern times an international yachting destination of great repute. However, it is the ancient buildings of Bodrum that truly set it apart.
Bodrum Kalesi, also known as the Castle of Saint Peter, was built by the Crusaders in the 15th century between 1402 and 1437. As well as offering spectacular views of the area from its elevated position, the castle is the site of many cultural festivals which are held throughout the year.
In the castle grounds you will find the Museum of Underwater Archaeology which displays various fascinating ancient objects recovered from the sea and details the rise of civilisation itself.
The Ancient Amphitheatre is over 2000 years old and conveniently located on the main highway through the town. As well as giving a glimpse into the past it also provides a beautiful view of Bodrum Harbour in its entirety.
For those looking for forms of enjoyment that are less historical, the wonderful beaches are of course one of the big reasons anyone chooses holidays to Bodrum.
A short distance from Bodrum by taxi is the traditional Turkish village of Torba where you will find attractive stretches of sand surrounded by the pine and olive trees that grow copiously in the area.
Another hotspot of the Bodrum Peninsula is Bitez beach – an area which has enjoyed a growing reputation as a holiday destination in recent years. The beach itself is a long, languid stretch of golden sand with shallow slopes leading to the beautiful blue waters which make it perfect for water sports.
The location also means that boats trips are available to the island of Kos or even over to the Greek mainland, giving plenty of options for those looking to explore even more of the eastern Mediterranean area.
Although the whole Peninsula is named after the town of Bodrum it isn’t the only major attraction in the region. Gumbet is a resort that has its own range of attractions and an identity that is distinct from its slightly larger sister town.
Here the beautiful beach is the focal point around which a selection of restaurants – both traditional and contemporary – offers some of the finest cuisine in the area. The cafe and club culture also means that Gumbet is perfect for those who like a lively and vibrant nightlife to combine with their daytime sun-seeking activities.