Dubbed “Turkey’s St. Tropez” by the New York Times back in 2006, Bodrum is one of the loveliest regions on Turkey’s Aegean coast. With three upmarket marinas, a wealth of superb restaurants, a buzzing nightlife, super luxury villas, fabulous shops and numerous hidden bays and beaches, it’s hardly surprising the it’s a firm favourite with so many visitors over the years.
Although it’s become a decidedly sophisticated destination in recent years, visited by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, the diverse peninsula is loved by most for its sleepy villages, hidden coves, pine-and-citrus-clad hills and pretty beaches.
Originally known as Halicarnassus, the capital of the kingdom of Caria, Bodrum boasts a wealth of history with recent years changing the landscape significantly.
Bodrum is located in the Mugla province of Southwest Turkey, on the coast of the stunning Aegean Sea that is also often referred to as the Turquoise Coast.
Bodrums main industry is tourism but, with large expanses of fertile agricultural land outside the bustling resorts, the surrounding villages have also become famed for their mandarins, grapes, olives, oranges and cotton.
Bodrum has a great climate, beautiful coastline and many areas designated as sites of beauty or significant historical interest. Peninsula’s population varies dramatically between summer and winter. The seasonal nature of tourism means that the area is quiet during the winter months of November to April, playing home to a mere 100,000 residents in total. In contrast, the busy summer months attract ever increasing numbers of tourists meaning the population can creep up as high as 1 million.