Bodrum is probably one of the prettiest seaside resort towns on the South Aegean coastline. It’s the most international of Turkey’s summer towns and is renowned for its foreign restaurants, party town atmosphere and bohemian lifestyle. Situated between Kuşadasi (to the north) and Marmaris (to the south) it lies at the neck of a large peninsula that incorporates such villages as Turgutreis, Bitez, Yalikavak and many other charming fishing villages.
Located on the southeastern shore of the Bodrum Peninsula, the town is built on twin bays separated by the massive Castle of St. Peter. Tiny, white soapbox houses, characteristic of Bodrum, rise from the town and carpet the surrounding hills and mountains. Shadows of the Greek island of Kos are visible on the distant horizon.
Bodrum has something to offer everyone whether it be feasting, drinking, dancing, shopping, sunbathing, sailing or sightseeing – day or night, Bodrum never stands still. On the west side of the harbour, you will find the more up-market part of Bodrum, where millionaire yachts jostle for gaps in the Yacht Marina. All along this side, you will find restaurants and bars with a slightly more ‘sedate’ and sophisticated atmosphere where you can survey the unique wooden gullets (sailing boats) returning from their day’s voyage. The centre of the harbour is the focal point in Bodrum. The pedestrianised bazaar area is a maze of narrow winding streets crammed with shops, restaurants, bars and discos.
The larger supermarkets include Tansas, Migros and Gima. The Oasis Shopping Centre is an open-air complex, which boasts a cinema (air-conditioned and films are shown in English with Turkish subtitles), small children’s play areas, designer shops, boutiques and Burger King.