Turkey's top resort, Bodrum, is
more than the town of that name.
Peninsula, extending west
into the Aegean and
bordering the Mediterranean,
actually has a dozen resort towns and
villages along its shores, of which
famous Bodrum is
but one. Each has its own beaches,
hotels and other pleasures.
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Although Bodrum was Turkey's original
south Aegean seaside resort, and has
the richest history on the peninsula with
castle and Mausoleum,
other villages—now grown to towns—are
becoming almost as well-known:
A series of small bays and peninsulas
at the southwestern corner of the
peninsula, Akyarlar has something
for everyone. More...
Among the Bodrum peninsula's more "mature"
resorts, it has a good dark sand
beach, deepish water offshore, and
spectacular sunset views. More...
The largest town on the western
shore of the peninsula, Turgutreis
has a surprisingly pleasant and accommodating
waterfront promenade and beach. More...
Long known for its small waterfront
restaurants, memorable sunset dinners,
and the ruins of ancient Myndos lurking
just offshore. More...
A worthy challenger to Bodrum, Yalıkavak
is a pleasant, pretty town with a
good beach, historic bazaar, and lots
of yachts. More...
Two resorts in one, with plenty of
choice to find what you like. More...
Gündoğan can boast a wide (though short)
beach and plenty of holiday villas
to let. More...
Small, uncrowded seaside village? Kadıkalesi
may be what you're looking for. More...
Farthest from Bodrum, at
the eastern end of the peninsula's north
shore, Torba is small, simple and relatively
undiscovered—and far from the madding
The southern beach suburb of
Ortakent, Yahşi has
a great variety of beaches and accommodations.
here to browse all the hotels on
the Bodrum peninsula.
—by Tom Brosnahan