Cruise Port Atlas | Bodrum, Turkey Day Trips | Attractions

Bodrum, Turkey Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Bodrum: Star Clippers, Voyages to Antiquity, Windstar, Azamara Club Cruises, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Celebrity, Cunard, Holland America, Royal Caribbean

Key Attractions: Bodrum Castle (Castle of St. Peter), Underwater Archaeology Museum, Mausoleum of Halicarnassos, Bodrum Theater, Myndos Gate, Beach Parties, Blue Cruise, Scuba, Snorkeling, Bodrum Beach, Gumbet Beach, Camel Beach, Gumusluk Beach, Turgutreis Beach, Etrim Village Cooperative, Etrim Village, Gumusluk Fishing Village, Ancient Myndos, Windmills

Bodrum Castle and Underwater Archaeology Museum

Port to Bodrum Castle / Museum - 3 KM, 8 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Bodrum Castle was built by the Crusading Knights of St. John (Hospitallers) beginning in 1402 to help resist attacks by the Seljuk Turks. About 100 years later, the Ottoman Turks were threatening the region and the knights repeatedly took large stones from the ruins of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus to reinforce and further fortify the Castle. This amazing fortress was never taken in battle, but ceded to the Ottomans when Rhodes fell. Since the 1960s, the Castle has been the location of the Underwater Archaeology Museum which contains an incredible collection of artifacts recovered from shipwrecks going back more than 4000 years. It is considered one of Europe's finest museums. The original name for the castle was St. Peter's Castle or Petronium which evolved to the present name of the city, Bodrum.

        

   

Photo of Bodrum Castle Mosque by Horvat

Mausoleum of Halicarnassos and Other Ancient Sites

Port to Mausoleum of Halicarnassos - 3.5 KM, 10 minutes
Port to Myndos Gate - 5 KM, 11 minutes
Port to Mausoleum of Halicarnassos - 6 KM, 10 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Built in the mid-4th century BCE to commemorate Mausolus, who ruled Caria, this 150 foot tall building has stood for 1700 years. Designed by Greek architects, it was declared one of the Seven Wonders (of the Ancient World) for its size and beauty. The word mausoleum has come to mean a magnificent tomb. It was destroyed by an earthquake and not much of the original building remains besides a few columns and fragments of sculptures. The Ancient Theater at Bodrum was begun around the same era as the Mausoleum, but was added to and changed through the time of the Romans when the structure that we see today was completed. Concerts are still held at the theater which holds 13,000 in its seats. Also built by Mausolus were the Myndos Gates, considered the location of the city's surrender to Alexander the Great after a long and bloody battle.

     

   

Photo of Model by Nevit, Photo of Mausoleum Ruins by bazylek

Bodrum Recreation

Port to Gumbet Bay - 6 KM, 13 minutes
Port to Bodrum Marina - 4 KM, 10 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

While Bodrum is a great place to see historic sites and ancient treasures, it is one of Turkey's most popular summer beach destinations with active pursuits and parties galore. At the nearby beaches there are several waterside outdoor clubs featuring loud music, drinks, and fun. These parties last all summer, beginning in the late morning each day. In addition, there are many opportunities to enjoy the beautiful waters around the Bodrum Peninsula. As in Marmaris, the traditional Blue Cruises on gulets (local boats, some with sails) will take you on an excursion to visit beautiful bays and swim in clear waters. For more active travelers, both scuba and snorkeling excursions are available in the Bodrum Marina area.

        

   

Photo of Sailing Gulet by JoJan

Beaches near Bodrum

Port to Bodrum Beach - 5.5 KM, 13 minutes
Port to Gumbet Beach - 6 KM, 13 minutes
Port to Camel Beach - 19 KM, 27 minutes
Port to Bitez Beach - 11 KM, 20 minutes
Port to Turgutreis Beach - 25 KM, 31 minutes
Port to Gumlusluk Beach - 26 KM, 36 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

If you are not up for the party scene, there are many beaches in the area with a more family-oriented atmosphere. There are some smaller beaches in the bay to the west of the Bodrum marina which have pebbles. Further west is an area known as Gumbet with its long, sandy beaches with shallow waters and lots of bars, restaurants, and shops. More distant and a bit less developed beach is Bitez Beach, which is shallow and less crowded than Gumbet. At Camel Beach, you can ride a camel for a price. At the western tip of the peninsula are Gumusluk and Turgutries, with quieter less-developed sandy beaches. Windsurfing is a popular activity at many of the area beaches.

        

   

Photo of Gumusluk and Rabbit Island by Robin and Bazylek

Turkish Traditions and Crafts

Port to Etrim Village Cooperative - 3.5 KM, 10 minutes
Port to Windmills - 5.5 KM, 13 minutes
Port to Etrim Village - 26 KM, 36 minutes
Port to Gumusluk - 26 KM, 36 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

In addition to its beach, Gumusluk is a traditional Turkish fishing village where you can experience something a bit more authentic than the touristy hubbub of Bodrum. You can also see the remains of the ancient city of Myndos in the village and just beneath the water off the coast. Within Bodrum, you can visit the Etrim Village Cooperative to discover the craft and art of carpet and kilim weaving. Or, if you want to travel into the mountains you can visit the village itself to see the weavers and purchase other local products, such as olive oil soap. On the windy peninsula between Bodrum and Gumbet Bays are several historic windmills that were once used to grind flour. And you can have a true Turkish bath at the Bodrum Hammam.

           

   

Photo of Carpet Making by JM

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

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