Why choose a cruise to Bodrum?

The elegant town of Bodrum is a cut above the rest of the resorts on Turkey’s south-west coast. Even during the busy summer months, you’ll find pockets of serenity in this charming, flower-filled town. There’s plenty do on a Bodrum Cruise, from visiting a castle doubling as an underwater museum, to enjoying a traditional Turkish hammam.

Bodrum is located on a small peninsula, carpeted in olive groves, pine forests and mountains. Travel inland only a few miles and you’ll come across villages where local life remains unchanged. There are some stunning beaches tucked into the coastline, too.

Bodrum View

A guide to Bodrum’s hotspots

Enjoy exploring Bodrum’s old town; sauntering down whitewashed alleys that offer blue glimpses of sea. The district has a bohemian atmosphere, with quirky shops next to quaint churches. See if you can find the narrow street with hundreds of colourful umbrellas hanging above it, offering shade from the sun.

Bodrum Castle is one of the town’s star attractions, offering amazing ocean views from its ramparts. It also houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, where you can see fascinating artefacts from ancient shipwrecks.

No Bodrum cruise is complete without a trip to the beach. Gümbet Beach is a sweeping curve of soft sand and lagoon-like waters. If you want something a little different, travel a few miles down the coast to Camel Beach, where you’ll be able to enjoy a camel ride across the soft sand.

Gulet Boats at Bodrum

Explore the remote side of Bodrum’s peninsula. Take a trip along the coast on a traditional gulet, a twin-masted boat which once used to carry citrus fruit and other cargo. You’ll have the freedom to discover secluded beaches and pristine swimming spots. Or you can travel across the peninsula on an adrenaline-packed 4×4 ride, discovering local villages hidden among the mountains and pine forests.

Cruise lines that sail to the port of Bodrum

Marella Cruises


Princess Cruises

The best time to visit Bodrum

Bodrum has long, hot summers. In July and August the temperature averages 29°C, but temperatures often rise into the mid-30s. The beaches in Bodrum offer lots of watersports, from scuba diving to water-skiing, and this is a great time of year to try them.

If you prefer a slightly cooler climate, why not visit in October? The temperature averages 21°C, with highs of 25°C – still warm enough for sunbathing. The beaches will be much quieter, too.

Beach at Bodrum

Did you know?

  • Bodrum is a short distance from one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the 8,000-year-old city of Ephesus
  • A popular local snack is gözleme – griddled rounds of dough filled with cheese, vegetables and meat.
  • The town has an ancient amphitheatre that’s still used for concerts and plays
  • The highest recorded temperature in Bodrum is a sizzling 44°C