There’s a wide choice of accommodation options to suit all budgets, from cheap backpackers’ hostels and boutique guest-houses to the palatial splendour of the Four Seasons and Jumeirah hotels. I stayed at La Blanche Resort & Spa which is situated in Turgutreis, about 20 minutes from the heart of Bodrum. There’s plenty to commend this five-star tourist hotel with its generously-sized bedrooms, multiple restaurants and swimming pools, twenty-four hour bar service (watch out for the Raki, it’s stronger than you think!) and, best of all, its own private sandy beach. Be sure to catch the glorious sunset over nearby Rabbit Island whilst sipping a cocktail from the seafront bar.It would be easy to spend your time in Bodrum just soaking up the sun but its unique location at the crossroads of Asia and Europe means that there are just too many other attractions vying for your attention, especially if ancient history is your thing.
The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (the original name for Bodrum) was one of the seven wonders of the world and is the source of the name that is now used to describe all monumental tombs, having been built in 351 BC for Mausolus, a ruler from the Persian empire. Many of its important artefacts were stolen in the 19th century and are now in the British Museum but replicas of some of the statues are on display outside Bodrum Castle — an impressive building considered so important to Christianity that, when building started in 1402 AD, the Pope “guaranteed” a place in heaven to anybody from the Vatican who went there to work on it. There’s also a Roman amphitheatre that dates back to 400 BC which is still used today to perform shows and concerts.