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Best things to do in Bodrum City

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Where in the world: Europe  /  Turkey  /  Turkish Aegean Coast  /  Mugla Province  /  Bodrum District  /  Bodrum City

Top 15 things to do in Bodrum City

1. Castle of St. Peter

Learn about fascinating archaeological finds from under the sea at Castle of St. Peter. Built in 1402 by the Knights of St. John, the castle is now used as the Museum of Underwater Archaeology. After a long history of attack without defeat throughout the 16th century, the castle was surrendered to a sultan during an attack in 1522. Today the museum is the largest of its kind, hosting artifacts of glass, bronze, clay, and iron. Check out the inside garden within the castle, move on to the tomb of a Carian princess from 325 BCE, and finally be amazed by the reconstructed shipwrecks from the 11th and 14th centuries. The castle draws visitors with a variety of interests--from ancient architecture, to Turkish history, to archaeology. It is also referred to as "Bodrum Castle" or "Petronium."
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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2. Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology

At Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, see the world's oldest known shipwreck and its treasury holding wooden logs, gems, and hippopotamus ivory. Situated inside the rooms and towers of St. Peter's Castle, the museum showcases collections of ancient artifacts retrieved from local shipwrecks, such as amphorae, coins, and Canaanite gold jewelry. Look for a solid gold scarab that belonged to the Egyptian queen Nefertiti. The battalions provide great views of the surrounding area. Many of the exhibits can be touched. There are no tour guides here, but panels, maps, models, dioramas, and videos provide necessary information.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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3. Temple of Apollo, Didim

Walk in the shadow of imposing columns at Temple of Apollo, one of the most important sanctuaries of the ancient world. The temple sits at the site of ancient Didyma, which was, next to Delphi, the largest center of the cult of Apollo. After the destruction of the original temple in the 5th century BCE, a grand project of reconstruction was started, but never finished. Giant columns and elaborate stone reliefs allow you to imagine the magnitude of the envisioned temple. The ruins lie in the town center surrounded by a good selection of cafes and restaurants. If you're visiting on a hot day make sure to bring adequate sun protection.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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4. Mausoleum of Halicarnassus

Admire Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the only standing historic site of the original Seven Wonders of Antiquity. Built in the 4th century BCE, this 1,500-year-old mausoleum is known for the novelty of its architectural style compared to other buildings of its time. Although many of the artifacts from the mauseoleum are on display in museums around the world, the ruins here include column pieces that display ancient Greek stone-carving work, an ancient stairway, and parts of mosaics. View some of these artifacts and mosaics at the museum adjacent to the ruins and learn about the history behind them. Wear comfortable shoes so you can get around easily. Note that the site is readily accessible from the city center and local metro station.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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5. Bodrum Amphitheater

At Bodrum Amphitheater, see one of the remaining structures from the ancient Greek city of Halikarnassus and get a glimpse into Bodrum's once great past. The well-preserved theater dates back to the reign of King Mausolos in the 4th century BCE. Walk through all three parts of the traditional theater: the skene, the orchestra, and the cavea. Climb up to the higher levels for great views of Bodrum Castle and the sea beyond. The structure serves as a prime example of classical Greek theater, with a capacity of around 13,000. Look closely at the seats: some were inscribed with the names of wealthy donors centuries ago. The theater is still used for concerts and festivals today and mixes the old with new renovations. Come prepared; the area can become a sun trap on hot days, and the hike to the top is fairly steep.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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6. Windmills

Climb the hill above the town to reach Windmills, which date back to the 18th century. Nestled high above the crowded streets and hotels, this secluded spot features seven windmills in varying states, ranging from eerie and crumbling to newly restored. The locals used them until the 1970s, after which they were left at the mercy of wind, rain, and frost. On a clear day you should be able to see Bodrum, Gumbet, and even the Greek island of Kos from the site. Be aware that the area surrounding the mills can be a bit run-down.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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7. Yalikavak Marina, Yalikavak

Lower your sails and soak in the laid-back Mediterranean atmosphere at Yalikavak Marina. Once a quaint fishing port on the outskirts of Bodrum, the marina has become a tourist destination spot. Browse shops featuring some of the world's most renowned brands, or look for authentic Turkish products. The area boasts a good selection of bars and restaurants, as well as numerous art galleries. Stroll along the sea to admire hundreds of docked yachts, or spend time on the beach. Alternatively, visit the local entertainment complex, which includes everything from a water park to a 7-D cinema. The marina's open-air amphitheatre, which seats up to 2,500, often hosts live performances. If you plan to arrive by boat, consider making mooring reservations online.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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8. Candyland Bodrum

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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9. Boat Tours & Water Sports

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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10. Scuba & Snorkeling

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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11. Miletus, Didim

Miletus represents one of the most prominent Greek cities from two-and-a-half millennia ago. It flourished throughout the existence of the Greek and Roman civilizations and left a great legacy to the world, including the origins of science. Today, the remains of its ancient structures spread across 90 hectares (220 acres) of land; among them are a 25,000-seat theater, lavish 1st-century CE roman baths, and enormous defense fortifications. Walk through the streets and squares of the complex to encounter various preserved monuments, colonnades, portals, and ancient hallways. The site also houses a small history museum.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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13. Kizilhisarli Mustafa Pasa Camii

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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14. Bitez Beach

For stress-free sun and sand, visit Bitez Beach, which offers a relaxed setting without the fast-paced atmosphere of discos or karaoke bars. Dozens of cafes and restaurants line the beach, providing umbrellas and cushioned lounge chairs, which you can use for free if you order a drink or snack from the bar. Stretch out while sipping a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice as the sea splashes at your feet.  If you are looking for something more adventurous, head for the windsurfing school at the very end of the beach. Some sections offer shallow waters, making the beach suitable for kids.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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15. Zeytinlik The Olive Grove

Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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