The seaside town of Bodrum, with its white washed villas and splashes of pink bougain villaea, is one of the most beautiful and sophisticated resorts on the Turkish Riviera. Buildings are restricted to two storeys and can only be painted white or constructed from natural stones. There are no high rises in sight. Bodrum effortlessly combines ancient and modern, offering 2 beautiful beaches, water sports, a brand new marina, excellent shopping, traditional bazaars, dining and a hot nightlife alongside its proud cultural and historical heritage.

It is famous for its vivacious, friendly and bohemian atmosphere. Intimate seaside cafes with magnificent views of the 15th Century castle mingle with the energetic and buzzing street side bars, international restaurants, tarditional turkish baths, shops and boutiques.

Bodrum's St Peters castle houses lots of history to include a torture room, a cistern, Turkish baths and 14 skeletons with heavy iron chains shackled to their ankles. One of the seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum in the heart of Bodrum starts the trip back in history. There is also the Museum of underwater Archaeology within the castle, showing restored shipwrecks including the most precious cargo of a 3,500 yr old shipwreck. This museum also houses the oldest chess set found in the world!

There are trips by hydrofoil or ferry to the Greek islands of Kos and Rhodes. The Black Island is also just opposite the town where you can have a mud spa.

Bodrum offers all the facilities of a major town all year round. This is the 'playground' of the rich and famous and many actors and actresses holiday here. It is a shopper's paradise and a cosmopolitan all year round holiday destination. Haggle for purchases with the local traders, buy (sometimes faked) designer clothes at a fraction of the price at home. Or stroll along the marina and stop and enjoy traditional Turkish coffee or cuisine in the cafes or restaurants. It also has the largest open-air nightclub in Europe called the Halikarnas. It is the biggest, trendiest and most stylish club with the setting, the laser show and the no-expense-spared floorshow.

If you like to shop then Bodrum is for you. Leather is abundant, in the latest fashions and at excellent prices.

Turkey is one of the world's largest carpet producers and traditional hand made carpets are priced considerably less than abroad. Hand made jewellery, brass, copper, woodcrafts and gifts are plentiful and sales are usually conducted over a friendly glass of tea and a serious discussion about price.

Bodrum harbour

Bodrum harbour and castle

Bodrum yacht harbour

Bodrum underwater museum

Belly dancer in Bodrum