There is a range of things to do in Bodrum and visiting the castle is definitely amongst the must-sees. Dominating the skyline of Bodrum, the Castle of St Peter, built by the Knights of St John during the 15th century, is home to a chapel, dungeon, Turkish bath, several impressive towers, and numerous interesting displays of treasures throughout. It also houses the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology which, amongst its fascinating displays, features remains of the oldest-known sunken ship in the world.
Charter a traditional gulet from the Bodrum area and cruise around the coast discovering tranquil bays, exotic beaches and secluded islands which are dotted all around the peninsula. These cruises are one of the most fantastic things to do in Bodrum and they are an excellent way to see the surrounding area.
Built to revere one of the most renowned oracles in the Hellenic world, the Temple of Apollo was never completed due to its ambitious scale. Impressive remains include a Roman Medusa head.
Turkey’s most famous archaeological site, Ephesus, is the best preserved classical city in the Eastern Mediterranean and is one of the most popular things to do in Bodrum. Built in 1,000 BC and dedicated to Artemis the wellpreserved and extensively restored remains include the Library of Celsus and a huge theatre. The Ephesus Museum in Selcuk, 3km away, houses artefacts and mosaics found at the site.
Pamukkale & Hierapolis
The cotton castle of Pamukkale is an aweinspiring natural marvel where calcium rich spring waters stream down a 200m high plateau to a series of hollowed out circular basins. Over centuries the water has hardened into white mineral deposits called travertines which give the terraces a strange snow like beauty. This area was developed as the Roman spa town of Hierapolis, and ancient ruins include the theatre, baths, temples, and a large graveyard. In order to preserve Pamukkale, visitors cannot walk on the terraces but can enjoy the thermal waters of a nearby pool set amongst the ruins of Hierapolis.
The town of Turgutreis is a popular destination amongst holiday-makers due to its abundance of brilliant sandy beaches. Turgutreis offers a great variety of things to do and is ideal for those wanting to relax, participate in watersports or dine at one of the waterfront restaurants or bars.