The birthplace of Herodotus, also known as the ‘Father of History’ and a major influence in world history, the Bodrum area blends remnants of the ancients with magnificent beaches, fantastic scenery, and charming waterfront restaurants. Holidays in Bodrum aim to captivate and tantalise with all that the area has to offer. With a delightful climate, a plethora of watersports, markets and bazaars Bodrum is ideal for the most energetic of treasure seekers.
The Bodrum peninsula boasts a plethora of ancient archaeological sites, nearly 200km of coastline, and more than 30 islands. Beach resorts range from the bustling and trendy to the tranquil and traditional, and whilst glorious golden sand and pebble beaches which are perfect for watersports including snorkelling and scuba diving abound. There are also quiet bays and secluded coves discoverable only by boat. In addition to a wonderful climate and fantastic scenery, there are delightful waterfront restaurants, friendly bars and fantastic shopping especially in Bodrum with its covered bazaar, boutiques and markets.
Named after the renowned 16th century Ottoman Admiral Turgut Reis Pasha, Turgutreis is located on the western tip of the Bodrum peninsula. The second largest town in the region it boasts a sophisticated marina with fine restaurants, waterfront cafés, bars and exclusive boutiques, and a long sand and shingle beach shelving gently into the sea; ideal for watersports enthusiasts and families. For holidays in Bodrum it is a superb place to visit for modern amenities alongside local culture. A popular Saturday market with stalls of pottery, clothing, leather goods and fresh produce adds to the lively atmosphere, and there’s a regular dolmus service taking about 20 minutes to Bodrum which is 20km away.
South of Turgutreis is the small and tranquil village of Akyarlar, boasting a fabulous beach of soft white sands and views of the Greek island of Kos in the distance, plus a handful of shops and bars and a small selection of traditional family run tavernas specialising in freshly caught fish. Located 4km north of Turgutreis is the small beachside village of Kadikalesi with ruins of a castle at the top of the hill,from which splendid views can be enjoyed, an old Roman church and a selection of charming tavernas and bars set along the shoreline. For luxury hotels Bodrum is an excellent destination for beach-lovers and we offer a range of beachfront accommodation.
The upmarket resort of Bodrum boasts a world-class marina where leisurely days and perfect evenings can be whiled away sipping cocktails and watching the world, and luxury yachts and gulets, go by. With a choice of fantastic luxury hotels in Bodrum guests are able to enjoy the resort at its fullest. As one of Turkey’s most popular resorts, Bodrum poses pretty whitewashed houses covered in bougainvillea is also home to trendy bars and clubs, chic boutiques and sophisticated restaurants. The whole town is dominated by the Castle of St Peter which overlooks the headland and towers above the streets, situated 3km west of Bodrum with easy access by dolmus bus and boat services.
16km east of Bodrum at the mouth of the Gulf of Gokova lies Yaliciftlik, the most tranquil resort on the peninsula offering quiet, uncrowded pebble beaches, a few restaurants, and a peaceful way of life. Secluded coves can be reached by boat from Yaliciftlik, and for nature lovers there are long walks in the beautiful forests and lazy days on the beach.
At Classic Collection Holidays we pride ourselves on catering for all guests from beachfront resorts, spa breaks, boutique hotels to family and all inclusive holidays to Bodrum. From watersports to fantastic shopping, we aim to create your perfect luxury holiday to Turkey.