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A chic escape on the Aegean Coast

Once the domain of bar-hopping partygoers, Bodrum has shrugged off this rebellious reputation and emerged a glamorous beacon for the Turkish glitterati. The shining yachts that congregate around the peninsula’s marinas say it all.

Yalikavak’s designer boutiques and a string of superb seafood eateries complete Bodrum’s image overhaul. Yet this evolving destination is also peppered with reminders of its ancient past. The magnificent Gothic Castle of St Peter, stands guard at the heart of Bodrum Town. While a 4th-century amphitheatre, Ottoman mosques and whitewashed villas also preserve this peninsula in another time. But don’t be fooled – Bodrum’s pulse continues to race in lively resorts like Gumbet, where the renowned nightspots of ‘Bar Street’ buzz until dawn. Alternatively, slow down and unwind on the pristine golden sands of Altinkum. Or enjoy laidback meze dining at the traditional tavernas of Didum. Whatever pace you prefer on Bodrum holidays, this glittering gem of the Aegean Coast will meet your needs.

Which Bodrum area suits your holiday needs?

Learn more about the diverse resorts that surround Bodrum before you go.

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Cobbled alleyways intertwine around the Castle of St Peter’s majestic Gothic structure, in Bodrum. Ancient ruins including the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – add to the town’s remarkable collection of historic treasures. While whitewashed houses and bustling traditional markets preserve its time-honoured appeal. Take a stroll to the picturesque port and watch the yachts bobbing on the glittering waters. Then dine on fresh catch-of-the-day at an al fresco eatery.

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Once a sleepy fishing village, Yalikavak has become a chic magnet for the glitterati. The super-yachts that line the marina – ‘Palmarina’ – are testament to this. A host of elegant eateries and bars offer ideal people-watching positions – with Nobu among the high-end dining options. Take time to wander around the trendy art galleries. Or if your budget permits, satisfy an appetite for retail therapy in the designer boutiques. Continue the VIP experience after hours at Yalikavak’s world-class Billionaire Club.

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Just 6km from Bodrum town you’ll discover Torba, a small village that is quickly becoming one of the most sought after areas of the Bodrum peninsula. Boasting a lively vibe in the summer months, Torba has retained its inviting ambiance. A local’s favourite, it is adorned by exquisite summer houses, set against picturesque hillsides clad with olive groves and pine forests. Make sure you sample traditional Turkish meze or the catch-of-the-day at one of Torba’s charming eateries.

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Known as the St Tropez of the Turkish Riviera, Turkbuka is a party playground for Turkish celebrities with a fast rising jet-set status. You won’t find any sandy beaches in this area, but the elaborate decks adorned with luxurious mattresses and canopy beds are ideal for lounging in the sunshine – you can even swim in the pool-like conditions of the harbour. The buzzing boardwalk is home to modern beach clubs, which morph into glamourous cocktail lounges and open-air bars by night.

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A beach lover’s favourite - Altinkum is literally translated as “golden sands” and is home to some of the finest beaches on the Aegean Coast. Stretching from the harbour to the rocky headlands you’ll find 1km of golden coastline, adorned with sunbeds and umbrellas. The resort also boasts a modern marina and plenty of restaurants and bars, which contrast wonderfully with the traditional feel of neighbouring Didim, with its tucked-away tavernas and Roman ruins.

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Approximately 20km from Bodrum, you’ll find the second largest town on the peninsula, Turgutreis. This charismatic resort is best known for its colourful sunsets and bustling Saturday market. Spreading through a lush valley, with a gathering of small islands nearby it offers a picturesque setting. Explore the shops nestled within the lanes, dine harbour side at Turgutreis Marina or see the famous shipwrecks whilst diving. With 5km of sandy beaches, lined with waterfront restaurants and bars you’ll have plenty of opportunity to catch one of the spectacular sunsets.

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Situated 3km from Bodrum. Known for its nightlife and water sports – this resort is a popular choice for partygoers or anyone that favours a beach by day, partying by night agenda. Glistening topaz waters and pine-forested mountains provide an incredible setting for this sandy bay. The beach area boasts great water sports - you’ll be spoilt for choice with windsurfing, sailboarding, water skiing and pedaloes. While its waterfront is bursting with shops, bars and restaurants – with many disco bars and party hotspots that come alive after dark.

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