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For lovers of white sands, warm turquoise seas, endless sunsets and lands steeped in history, it doesn’t get much better than Turkey’s Bodrum region – known as the Turkish Riviera. Just a couple of miles away from the Greek Dodecanese Islands, the region covers a peninsula surrounded by the Aegean Sea and basks in 10 months of sunshine a year. Choose a villa in Bodrum and you’ll be able to experience a life similar to that on the islands, one of ritzy coastal resorts, unspoilt golden beaches, archaeological sites and pulsating ports cities. The eponymous capital of the region is located southwest of the peninsula, offering fantastic attractions like a medieval castle and the famed Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Bodrum caters for family villa holidays and romantic villa holidays. Couples will love Bodrum’s myriad sunset spots and cocktail bars, while families will love the safe beaches, aqua parks and our Bodrum villas with a private pool.

Things to do in Bodrum

There’s something for everyone in Bodrum, a region that appeals to families, couples, retirees, friends, you name it. From your Bodrum villa, the best way to explore the peninsula is by hiring a car, which will allow you to explore sites further away from your Bodrum villa. Combine a trip to the city of Bodrum – and its world-class Underwater Archaeology Museum – with a visit to the ancient ruined city of Halicarnassus – its mausoleum a wonder of the ancient world. Our Bodrum villas are all located near to the coast and a villa holiday will allow you to explore various beaches perfect for watersports and sunbathing.

Lovers of watersports should head to the beaches of Gumbet, Gumusluk and Yalikavak, while Bitez offers more secluded beach spots like Aquarium Cove. Jumping on a boat tour of the Bodrum Peninsula is also a must. 

Bodrum overlooking the sea
Bodrum Theatre, Turkey

History and culture in Bodrum

The Bodrum Peninsula has a fascinating history and enjoying one of our villa holidays in Bodrum you’ll be able to explore this tumultuous past. Bodrum dates back to the antiquity when it was the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus, and visitors can visit the remains today – with top sights being the Mausoleum of Mausolus and the Hellenistic Theatre of Halicarnassus.

Other historical sites include the 15th-century Bodrum Castle, built by the Knights of St John. Culture lovers will appreciate the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology and the Ottoman Shipyard Gallery – a historical naval site turned trendy exhibition space. 

Family holidays in Bodrum

Bodrum is safe, easy to get around and has plenty of child-friendly activities, making it the perfect place for a family villa in Turkey. For a great family day out, the Pirates Inn Cactus Aquapark is a must, a fantastic amusement park filled with pools and slides located near Yalikavak. Kids will also love the all-new Bodrum Aqua Park in Ortakent, the biggest on the Bodrum Peninsula.

Closer to Bodrum city, there’s the Bodrum Dolphin Park set over 4,000 square metres on the sea surface – a fantastic day out with a dolphin show, dolphin pools and plenty of cafés, restaurants and even a beach club (we’re thinking of you too, adults).

For some drier fun, take a trip to Fun Town Yahsi Park, one of the most popular theme parks in the region and also in Ortakent, where you can enjoy horse riding, go-karts, table tennis, sports and even paintball. Of course, from your family villa in Bodrum you’ll also be able to visit the region’s safe and family-friendly beaches, like Gumbet beach, with its warm shallow waters. 

Bodrum coast with sail boats on the sea
Bodrum windsurfing, Turkey

Adventurous activities in Bodrum

Yes, Bodrum is mostly about lounging in the sun and generally unwinding, but the region also appeals to adventurous travellers. Wake up early to avoid the scorching sun and hike the inland Bodrum Leleg Yolu nature trail through lush vegetation, or climb to the ancient city of Pedesa, with the reward being a scattering of ancient ruins and cinematic views of the Aegean.

Adrenalin junkies will love Bodrum’s wealth of watersport opportunities, with snorkelling, windsurfing, paddleboarding, parasailing, paragliding and surfing all on the agenda. If a car won’t cut it, there are also Jeep, 4x4, buggy and quad bike tours of the peninsula. 

Romance in Bodrum

Few places in Turkey are more romantic than Bodrum, which makes it the perfect place to enjoy a couples’ villa holiday. Couples visiting Bodrum are greeted with a wealth of romantic activities, from spa treatments (think couple’s massages) and relaxing in traditional Turkish baths to enjoying Bodrum’s breath-taking golden sunsets – glass of wine in hand.

For the ultimate romantic experience, why not rent a boat and explore hidden coves at your leisure, or enjoy a sunset cruise out of Bodrum harbour? Wine tasting on Karnas Vineyards and horseback riding are also must-dos for couples visiting Bodrum. Couples will love our romantic villas in Bodrum with a private pool, the perfect place to unwind and spend some quality time together 

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