The Bodrum Region is where east meets west, and rich history blends seamlessly into this modern and cosmopolitan holiday destination. Whether you simply want to relax on the miles of beautiful sandy beaches and dip your toes in the inviting, translucent waters, or explore some of the absorbing historical sites just minutes away from the coast, the beautiful and sophisticated Bodrum area is perfect for your Turkish villa holiday.
Bodrum Region - Rich culture and beautiful coastline
Discover one of Turkey’s choicest holiday destinations, with our wonderful Bodrum villas. Beautiful beaches are its obvious attraction, but holidaymakers will be wowed still further by an eclectic culture and some of history’s finest antiquities.
Bodrum Region Shopping
For the best and most traditional shopping experience, head to the city of Bodrum, where the central square is usually packed with many intriguing little shops and bazaars. On sale here are all kinds of typical handcrafts as well as plenty of gold and jewellery - perfect Turkish souvenirs that remind you of your Bodrum villa holiday Buying is an experience in itself, as you can often haggle with the salesman if you want to reduce the price. This is usually a light-hearted process and is expected in many shops – it is very rare you will have to pay the full asking price for the product you are buying.
Bodrum Region History
The coastline of Turkey’s Bodrum Region is where the ancient Greeks founded civilization. Alexander the Great and his legions paused to plunder rich cities and Julius Caesar gathered his fleet. The Bodrum area is home to a wealth of major archaeological sites and historical attractions. Among these is a medieval castle, the famous Myndus Gate and the Mausoleum. For fascinating geological history, visit Paumkkale, a huge bank of limestone terraces formed as thermal waters tumble down the cliff edge. Wherever you go in the Bodrum Region, a short drive inland will take you through Turkey’s traditional villages untroubled by the modern world.
Bodrum Region Beaches
Turkey is famed for its kilometres of magnificent coastline, golden shoreline and year-round sunshine, and the Bodrum Region is no exception. Here you will find vast stretches of some of Turkey’s most beautiful sandy beaches, lapped by the warm and translucent waters of the Aegean Sea. If you’re looking for plenty of activities and watersports, there are various beaches within the main resorts that will cater for you, or if you wish to simply relax and soak up the sun, you’ll find a great selection of quieter stretches of sand and stunning natural coves surrounded by pine trees.
Bodrum Region Food
From chic candlelit bistros to waterfront eateries with far-reaching sea views, dining out in Turkey is a great experience. The regional food on offer is very popular – offering a unique mixture of Mediterranean and Far Eastern influences. The cuisine varies from fresh seafood to meatballs and the well-loved kebab. You can feast on a delicious assortment of meze dishes native to Turkey, from grilled meats and fish to sticky sweet pastries – accompanied by traditional music and belly dancing. Alternatively, why not pick up the catch of the day to grill back at your Bodrum villa?
Bodrum Region Holidays - Points of Interest
Ephesus, once the capital of Roman Asia, is now one of the best preserved ancient cities in the Mediterranean. Visit the ruins, from ancient temples to libraries and public baths - all brimming with atmosphere.
Take a boat trip. Choose from a lazy day of snorkelling and swimming, or a day trip to a neighbouring Greek island (just don't forget to bring your passport!)
Go shopping in a typical Turkish market or 'bazaar' - there are daily markets in and around Bodrum.
Indulge in the ultimate de-stress of a Hamam or genuine Turkish bath.
Marvel at one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World at Halicarnassus, the tomb (or mausoleum) of its ruler, Mausolus. You can also find parts of this exhibit nearer to home in the British museum.
Bodrum is one of Turkey's most renowned and popular towns with its own bustling harbour, overlooked by an ancient 15th century castle. Enjoy a superb choice of bars and restaurants for a true Turkish Delight.
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James Recommends - Bodrum Region villas
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Scores 8.3 out of 10based on 9 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
7 out of 10
Family (the eldest child is at school)
Pool-very clean and good depth Lots of kitchen utensils making eating indoors very easy e.g lots plates/dishwasher/pots and pans/micro etc-all in immaculate condition Privacy of villa was amazing Very good location-minutes from beach and shops
Bathroom smelt moldy and showers were dirty. Ants all over patios -also in bedroom
Confirmed stay: 10 September 2018 Published on: 11 September 2018 8 out of 10
The villa is in a lovely location and secluded from the main areas of Bitez and Bodrum. There are lots of sights to visit here Bodrum and within the town itself - but it is a major resort now
Nothing in or with the villa. But the beach at Bitez was not great and, to our taste, was rather developed. But the villa and the lovely pool more than made up for it
Confirmed stay: 13 August 2018 Published on: 20 August 2018 9 out of 10
Lovely for a stroll after dinner in the evening.
Small beach (but this wasn't important for us).
Confirmed stay: 02 July 2018 Published on: 03 July 2018 7 out of 10
Safe and people were friendly
Local driving and traffic
Confirmed stay: 11 June 2018 Published on: 06 July 2018
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