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Bodrum: The Perfect Getaway to History and Nature

Orak Island Beach: Courtesy of Yıldırım Enes

Orak Island Beach: Courtesy of Yıldırım Enes

From tourists to locals, kids to adults, everyone loves Bodrum for one reason or another. The city, famous for its amazing sea, has a rich heritage of historical sites such as the Bodrum Castle and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. The vast variety of nightlife entertainments, bars, clubs and even floating nightclubs are another attraction during summer season.

Situated in Aegean Region of Turkey, Bodrum has the perfect climate for all kinds of summer activities like yachting, wind surfing and even scuba diving. Kara Ada, a small Turkish island in the Bay of Bodrum is a popular  destination, especially for yachting whereas, Bitez, a close-by area with a separate bay, is mostly preferred by windsurfers.

Bodrum Castle: Courtesy of villavillas

The Bodrum Castle, or the Castle of St. Peter is one of many historical attractions. The castle, constructed in 15th century, overlooks the marina and the harbour. Besides its amazing view, the castle houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which has a great collection of relics from the middle ages. Aside from the castle, Bodrum also has one of the 7 Wonders of the World, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus or Tomb of Mausolus. It is a tomb built for Mausolus, a local ruler in the Persian Empire, between 353 and 350 BC.

Aside from its historical charm, this port city offers many getaway routes to nearest islands and ports of Greece (Kos, Rhodes) and Turkey (Marmaris, Datca, Dalyan, Altinkum). There are also private boat tours departing from the Marina daily. If you would like to have some tranquility sunbathing in the hidden coves and swimming in the clean blue waters, this might be the right option for you.

For the luxurious and delicious dinner plans, you might want to book one of the many restaurants on Bodrum’s waterfront. Its amazing view is the perfect appetizer for the delicious and plentiful Turkish sea cuisine. Aside from the local fish and seafood joints, the eateries ranging from traditional Aegean to World cuisine give visitors many options.

Handmade Gourds: Courtesy of bodrumpeninsulatravelguide.co.uk

Handmade Gourds: Courtesy of bodrumpeninsulatravelguide

After dinner, a walk along the coast could be a good way to discover the area, which has a good amount of bars and clubs, as well as a bazaar with many local stores selling Turkish textiles, pottery and jewellery. Other good evening plans could be catching a concert or a performance at the old Bodrum Theater with the capacity of holding 13000 spectators.

To experience the central Bodrum like a local, Ev Apartments offers a charming historical house in the very center of Bodrum, Tepecik. It’s a low-rise whitewashed Bodrum house with a big yard and a spectacular terrace overlooking the sea. For a great vacation in the best locations,the company has a wide variety of luxurious and affordable rental properties. Click here for more information on our rental villa in Tepecik.

Bodrum peninsula is more than this small center and has many bays and areas with various attractions as well. For a fun and luxurious beach experience, Bitez Beach, only 15 minutes away from Bodrum, is a great place for sailors and surfers, as well as Xuma Beach, a famous beach for its megayachts and celebrity sightings, in Yalıkavak, 40 minutes away. For the evening plans in Yalıkavak, Palmarina offers a wonderful sea view, great restaurants and local shops.

Gümüşlük: Courtesy of fotokritik.com

Gümüşlük: Courtesy of fotokritik.com

As for a more peaceful and quiet location, Gümüşlük, 40 minutes from Bodrum, offers an experience worth having. This beautiful seaside village at the western tip of the Peninsula, is situated on the remains of the ancient city of Myndos. It is also the getaway location for many artists and intellectuals, or Istanbulites, gathering to recreate the bohemian scene of Istanbul there. Between the Rabbit Island and the village, the remains of the ancient buildings can be seen under the water as you swim in the bay. It has a beach for sunbathing, swimming and witnessing the golden sunset in Bodrum. Surrounded by nature, Gümüşlük has a quiet atmosphere, and this has been the main reason for the many summer villas here. Watching the sunset behind the crystal clear waters from the terrace of a fish restaurant as you enjoy the wonderful mild weather is an experience many can’t forget. If you would like to stay in this magical village, EV Apartments offers a spacious villa in Güm-San, ideal for big groups or families. The house is in a summer complex with a private pool and 24/7 security. The complex also has a private beach, offering recreational activities and watersports. Click here to learn more about this property.

For all kinds of vacation, from highly active to secluded, Bodrum has the full package for an unforgettable summer experience. You can reach the area via plane, from Bodrum Milas International Airport, which is 35km northeast of the city. You can also take a bus from all over Turkey, which will drop you off 500m away from the Municipality Square. To enjoy Turkey to the fullest, follow EV Apartments on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and keep up to date on vacation rentals.

We wish you a wonderful holiday!

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