Luxury yachts and wooden fishing boats alike parade through the Gulf of Gökova’s turquoise waters and into Bodrum’s ancient harbor. Known as the major port of Halicarnassus in ancient times, the city is now a relaxed destination, famed for its seafood, scenic coastline, and watersport adventures.
How many ancient amphitheaters are still in use today? One of the best-preserved monuments of ancient Halicarnassus, Bodrum’s historic precursor, Bodrum’s Antique Theater presides over the scenic peninsula and the Aegean sea beyond, all visible as world-famous musicians perform open-air concerts here each summer.
Boldly patterned woolen kilims hang from the whitewashed walls of Bodrum’s bazaar, a sprawling emporium that fuses the fine treasures of Turkey's handicraft heritage with a vast array of contemporary goods. Farmers from around the area sell fresh produce, herbs, and spices in a tradition that has gone on since ancient times.
Built in the early 15th century by the Knights of St. John, this towering fortification dramatically perched on rugged coastline over the Bay of Bodrum now houses the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. The largest museum of its kind, it displays excavations from Mediterranean shipwrecks dating back to the Bronze Age.
The ancient port city’s inner harbor, once the docking place of fishing boats and merchant ships, now operates as a luxury yacht marina, speaking to Bodrum’s transformation into the scenic flagship of the Turkish Riviera. Now, the port’s waterfront is lined with lively cafés, trendy bars, and popular nightlife destinations, attracting a discerning, international jet-set crowd.
A couple hours up the coast from Bodrum sits another ancient capital: now known as Ephesus (Efes, in Turkish), the city was built in the 10th century BC on the site of the former Arzawan capital, and became one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League. Its Temple of Artemis was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the chapel known as the House of the Virgin Mary has been an important Christian pilgrimage site since the 5th century.
For one day each spring, Bodrum’s residents take to their bicycles for this citywide festival originally started to reduce car emissions. The day also includes live music and other performances.
This UNESCO-sponsored dance festival attracts performers from across Europe to its five-day celebration of both classical and modern movement.Learn More
One of Bodrum’s most renowned cultural festivals, this exhibition of ballet and opera brings performers from across Turkey and Eastern Europe to Bodrum Castle.
While much of this respected music festival is held in the picturesque seaside village of Gümüşlük, just a short drive from town, some of its bigger events are held at the Bodrum Amphitheater.Learn More
To celebrate the end of the sailing season, a local yacht club organizes this weeklong festival, which includes races of traditional wooden gulets.Learn More
“While the area around Bodrum is home to a number of scenic beaches, one of the most picturesque and secluded is Bitez Beach, on the edge of a secluded bay just west of the city, not far from Caresse. Get a taste of vintage glamour as you recline on yellow-and-white-striped chaise lounges shaded by raffia umbrellas, then go swimming in calm, crystal-clear waters. Hike across bougainvillea-lined hillsides and admire the mesmerizing sea views.”
Start each day with a dip in our outdoor infinity pool, dramatically poised with panoramic views over the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Gškova.Learn More
Take your pick of umbrella-shaded loungers on one of the Bodrum Peninsula's most pristine beaches and Caresse's own, private stretch of sand.Learn More
Experience total revitalization through a wide range of traditional Turkish and specialty treatments using ethically-sourced indigenous ingredients at Spa Caresse.Learn More