Bodrum Peninsula: things to do in Bodrum

What do you look for in a holiday? Are you in search of peace, quiet and relaxation, or would you rather party the night away and dance until dawn? Well, if you choose to take your villa holiday in Bodrum you can do either or both if you feel like it. Bodrum is a cosmopolitan resort and has proved to be one of the most popular holiday destinations on the Aegean coast. It may attract thousands of visitors every year, but it can still offer visitors seclusion should they seek it. Bodrum has something for everyone. That may sound like a cliché, but clichés are borne out of truth. If you seek it, you’ll find it in Bodrum. Here are some of the attractions in Bodrum that you might like to visit on your villa holiday.

Visit the Underwater Archaeology Museum

The Underwater Archaeology Museum is located in the Castle of St Peter. This impressive and dedicated establishment has played an important part in rescuing valuable excavations from under the sea, particularly Bronze Age artefacts. Here visitors will find impressive finds from the Bronze Age, Roman era, Ottoman Dynasty, Byzantine and Hellenistic period including:

  • Two ships found in the Marmaris –Serce harbour, dating back to the 11th century AD and 3rd century BC.
  • Three ships found in the Bodrum – Yassiada area, dating back to the 4th, 7th and 16th century AD, and finds include coins and 900 amphora used by the Romans.
  • The Finike-Gelionya ship dating from the 12th Century BC. This was the first underwater excavation off the shores of Turkey.

Aqua Park

The Bodrum Aqua Park is perfect for the whole family, but will definitely prove to be a firm favourite with the kids. If you’re looking for thrilling water rides then you’ll find them here. The Kamikaze and Black Hole rides will satisfy the thrill seekers, whilst the lazy river and massive Jacuzzi will appeal to those who prefer more a more sedate form of relaxation.

Hire a car and get out and about

The Bodrum Peninsula has a fantastic range of smaller resorts that you can visit on your travels. Each has its own unique character. Yalikavak is known for its windmills, whilst the small fishing village of Gumusluk is renowned for its traditional fish restaurants and laid back atmosphere.

Shop till you Drop

If you like to shop, the Bodrum will feel like heaven to you. There is a fantastic choice of shops to choose from, from the large Oasis shopping Centre to small shops on the cobbled side streets of the old town. You can buy local leather goods, silver and gold jewellery and traditional clothing and ceramics. Don’t forget to haggle if you’re after a real bargain. In the designer shops you’ll find all manner of the latest fashions and accessories, but we wouldn’t recommend haggling here. Normally the price you see is the price you pay in these up-market establishments.

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