Bodrum has always been a place to feel the vast breadth of history – in fact, it once held one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. These days, though, Bodrum has the added benefit of being a Mediterranean tourist mecca. Whether you’re a history lover or a sun-seeker, Bodrum is a perfect travel destination.
Perhaps nowhere in Bodrum does the past collide with the present so much as at its waterfront: in the Bodrum marina, a fleet of dazzling white yachts bob up and down in the waters of the Mediterranean while the imposing Bodrum Castle, a stone fortress dating back to the 1400s, watches over it all. Bodrum may have become a Turkish tourist hotspot in recent years, but its long history is never far from the surface: visitors will be treated to modern nightlife, amenities, and sun-soaked leisure, all while bearing witness to archaeological sites and traditions that date back to aeons past.
The sun has been shining on Bodrum for centuries, and it won’t stop any time soon. Whether your idea of a great trip is soaking up some sunshine during the day and then dancing the night away at one of the city’s trendy waterfront clubs or taking in the majesty of centuries gone by, Bodrum is a perfect destination – so book your SWISS flight from Zurich to Bodrum today.
When is the best time to visit Bodrum?
Although summertime in Bodrum is beautiful, with little precipitation and temperatures that are often above 30°C, summer is also peak tourist season, meaning that the city will be more crowded and the hotels more expensive. A better bet is to visit during the early autumn in September and October, when temperatures are still in the mid-twenties, the rainy winter has yet to begin, and fewer people are competing for a spot on the beach.
How do I get to Bodrum from the airport?
There are several different options to choose from when transferring into the city proper. First, there are coach services timed to coincide with flight arrivals and departures. These run between the airport and the city at a fraction of the cost of a taxi. However, once this bus departs there can be a substantial wait before the next one arrives. Fares and travel times vary depending on the season. Taxis are also available for a more convenient journey, though the trip may be a pricey one as the airport is more than 30 kilometres outside of the city proper. Travellers looking for a stress-free arrival may want to book a private airport transfer to their accommodation ahead of time.
What currency is used in Bodrum?
The currency of Turkey is known as the Turkish Lira (TL). Although ATMs and foreign currency exchange services are available in the city, it is recommended to acquire your travel money before leaving where possible. This is especially important as airport exchange bureaus are known to offer particularly poor exchange rates.
You’ll wonder why you didn’t find Bodrum sooner
The roots of Bodrum trace all the way back to ancient Greece, and the intervening centuries have left their mark on the city in the form of breath-taking relics and incredible architecture. Bodrum Castle, the imposing stone fortress overlooking the marina, is first on most travellers’ to-see lists – and for good reason: the views from its towers are unparalleled, and it currently houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which collects items recovered from shipwrecks in the Aegean Sea.
Once you’ve seen Bodrum Castle, venture onwards to Bodrum’s Old Town, where narrow pedestrian alleyways and whitewashed stone dwellings will take you back to the time when Bodrum was still a small fishing village on the sea.
Site of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Bodrum was once the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and although it is no longer standing, traces of the Mausoleum of Mausolus remain to this day, along with a scale model to comprehend the vast size of the original construction. Anyone interested in the region’s long past will be in awe of Bodrum’s wealth of history – highlights include:
- Bodrum Castle
- Ottoman Shipyard
- The Bodrum Amphitheatre
- Myndos Gate
- Karakaya Village
Activities in Bodrum
Of course, sometimes it can be exhausting to take in that much history – but never fear, unwinding is easy when you’ve got the warm waters of the Aegean so close at hand. Spending time at the beach and on the water is a favourite pastime of those in Bodrum, and activities like diving, windsurfing, or just relishing the sun are all highly recommended. Whether you prefer ancient history or Aegean sunshine, Bodrum is a perfect destination. Book your flight to Bodrum today.
Get a taste of Turkey in Bodrum
The cuisine of Turkey’s Aegean region is vibrant and flavourful, usually involving seafood, local vegetables, and herbs. Be forewarned: many travellers will find themselves craving Turkish delicacies long after their trip has ended. Foods such as simit (a circular bread topped with sesame seeds), menemen (a Turkish breakfast speciality made from peppers, onions, tomatoes, eggs, and olive oil), or lokmasi (delectable deep-fried balls of dough drizzled with honey or syrup) are all well worth sampling.
Drink like ancient Ottomans… or modern Turks
Dating back to the Byzantine empire, the Turkish establishments known as meyhanes are a staple of the country’s culture. Similar to taverns in other parts of the world, meyhanes are where Turks go to eat, drink, relax, and connect – especially with the help of raki, a traditional spirit typically made from grapes or figs. To truly drink like a Turk, raki is a must. And for travellers interested in stepping out on the town, Bodrum’s Bar Street is the place to go. Officially known as Dr. Alim Bey Street, Bar Street is where all the hippest nightclubs and bars can be found, stretched out over the course of a mile along the seaside. Pack your dancing shoes.
Find something to take home
Although Bodrum does have several modern shopping centres, many visitors will want to visit the city’s smaller shopping areas and weekly markets. The pedestrian shopping area in Old Town is a great place to start: a maze of vendors selling something for every taste and budget, the pedestrian market is as much an experience as a shopping destination. The weekly market, near the city’s main bus terminal, is typically held twice a week and focuses on textiles or fresh produce, depending on the day. Check the schedule before visiting.
Zurich - BodrumFlight duration: 02:50 hrs total, Frequency: Sat
Departure ZurichTerminal: 1 / 3Counter opening time: 24 h prior to departure
Airbus A320-214Height: 11.80 mLength: 37.60 mSeats: 136-168
Crew:Pilots: 2Cabin crew: 4
Arrival BodrumDistance to city centre: 32 km