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Best of Bodrum, Turkey

An abundance of Turkish delights—crumbling castles, rugged beaches, and sublime meze—where the living is easy.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview :  If, like any normal person, your holiday agenda is to sit still—lifting your head now and then to admire a passing sailboat, or the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. 4 Reasons Hotel & Bistro

Simple but chic 20-room hotel set amid olive groves outside the charming village of Yalikavak.

Address:
2 Bakan Cad.
Bodrum
Turkey

Phone:
90-252-385-3212

2. Çimentepe

Boisterous seafood palace that comes alive after dark. Order the grilled octopus (izgara ahtapot) and excellent zucchini-flower dolma (kabak cicegi dolmasi).

Address:
Geris Alti Mevkii, Apart Hotel
Yalikavak
Turkey

Phone:
90-252-385-4237

3. Denizhan

Unassuming highway-side kebapci with a delightful terrace out back. The kebabs and lahmajun pide are both stellar.

Address:
275 Atatürk Bulvari
Bodrum
Turkey

Phone:
90-252-353-7675

4. Dogal Dondurma

Pick up an exotic-flavored ice cream to eat on the pier.

Address:
Pier
Türkbükü, Bodrum
Turkey

Phone:
90-252-363-9345

5. Eski Sandik

Boutique specializing in vintage hand-embroidered scarves and shawls, many from Iran.

Address:
Yali Mevkii Atatürk Cad., 89/B Cami Sk.
Türkbükü, Bodrum
Turkey

Phone:
90-252-377-5497

Convivial, boho bar/café beloved for its sunset views and cocktails.

Address:
1 Yali Mevkii
Gümüşlük
Turkey

Phone:
90-252-394-4044

7. Maçakizi

On a peninsula with its share of opulent villas and over-the-top resorts, Maçakizi (pronounced mahcha-kiz-uh) is a standout, the sexiest hotel in all of Bodrum. That it’s hardly a traditional hotel is one reason: it feels more like the shoreside estate of some globe-trotting Turkish family blessed with considerable wealth but also the good ... More

8. Mimoza

Booked up nightly by a sophisticated crowd. The fish is generally fantastic, and priced accordingly.

Address:
Sahil
Gümüşlük
Turkey

Phone:
90-252-394-3139