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Live like a local
St Peter’s Castle may be the jewel in Bodrum’s crown but it’s the coastline beyond that is the real stunner. The town’s harbour is crammed with gulets offering day trips to the coves and islands scattered around the coastline; hearty lunches of kofte (meatballs) and meze make it the perfect day out. At night, Bodrum is a town that likes to party. Barlar Sokagi is a long street full of bars and small clubs that comes alive after midnight, with evenings usually ending in the small hours at a corbasi (soup kitchen) for reviving lentil soup.Find out more
The Museum of Underwater Archaeology is the city’s must-see gallery but Bodrum also has a thriving art scene, with independent galleries and artists’ studios throughout the town. Lovers of classical music should visit in July, when the four-day Bodrum Muzik Festivali combines live performance with films and art, or if you’re visiting in October – when the weather is still glorious – head to the beach to watch the Wooden Yacht Regatta, which attracts wooden sailing yachts from all over the world. If your visit coincides with the end of Ramadan, you’ll inevitably become involved in the three-day party that is Seker Bayram.Find out more
White-water rafting, kayaking, and parasailing are all on offer in the Bodrum area, along with PADI-approved diving schools offering the chance to explore below the water. One of the nicest ways to explore the quieter peninsula is on horseback; several riding schools offer half-day and longer hacks for all levels of rider. It’s worth the journey to the very tip of the peninsula to visit picturesque Gumusluk, an artists’ village where fresh fish is brought off the boats all morning and served at the string of simple, waterfront restaurants.
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With the kids
With Bodrum’s soaring temperatures there’s no better place to head than the Aqua Park Dedeman Bodrum, a tangle of 23 water slides, a 350-metre river and a variety of pools – the biggest in Turkey. Explore resorts including Bitez; it has a shallow, family-friendly beach with lots of watersports options. St Peter’s Castle is a good choice for all ages; younger kids will love climbing the towers and ramparts, while the Museum of Underwater Archaeology will keep the older ones interested.Find out more
Palmarina, a gleaming marina that stretches out over the water, is lined with stores including Missoni and Armani Jeans. In town, the pedestrianised area around St Peter’s Castle is a warren of small shops selling carpets, jewellery, clothing and local crafts. For an authentic shopping experience, visit Yalikavak market (every Thursday). Barter for textiles, hand-painted ceramics and leatherwear, and try Turkey’s best street-food – gozleme, a thin pancake filled with fresh village cheese and parsley.Find out more
Food and drink
A proper Turkish meal is a slow, multi-course event, starting with meze – a range of cold and hot starters, rather like tapas, with lots of yoghurt, aubergine and freshly made bread. In spite of its coastal location, Bodrum is famed for its meat dishes – kuzu guvec (lamb casserole), kofte (meatballs) and iskender (kebab with yoghurt and tomato sauce). For the best fish, head to Gumusluk or Yalikavak on the peninsula. To eat as the locals do, head to the old town and try a lokanta, a simple cafe with no menu where hearty casseroles and soups are the order of the day.Find out more