Top things to do in Bodrum
our hand-picked selection for individual travelers
Are you traveling to Bodrum?
This is where you’ll find the best off-the-beaten-path tips for things to do in Bodrum.
There’s so much to see and do on and near the Bodrum Peninsula. We trust that you’ll find the boat trips and jeep safaris without our help. On this page, we’ll take you on a tour of great day trips from Bodrum to places you may have overlooked. Expect stunning nature, authentic villages, and fascinating ancient sites.
Bodrum town vs. Bodrum Peninsula
About the Bodrum Peninsula
All too often, people refer to the entire Bodrum Peninsula as Bodrum. If you are traveling to Bodrum, it’s important to know that the Bodrum Peninsula consists of several resorts and towns, all with a totally different vibe and identity.
If you do your homework before traveling, you’ll notice that there’s something for all tastes and budgets on the peninsula. Having the perfect Bodrum Peninsula holiday is simply a matter of picking the resort that is right for you.
Not sure what the difference between the Bodrum Peninsula resorts is? We’ve got you covered!
Things to do in Bodrum
Top 10 trips
# 1 – Iasos
# 2 – çomakdağ
# 3 – Yediler & Lake Bafa
# 4 – Miletus
# 5 – Datça & Knidos
# 6 – Muğla
# 7 – Gerga
# 8 – Didyma
# 9 – Beçin Castle
# 10 – Stratonikeia
Explore the ancient sites near Bodrum
Are you a history buff? Do you like your culture shot during your travels? You won’t be disappointed if you’ve picked the Bodrum Peninsula as your base. There are lots of fascinating ancient sites within easy driving distance from Bodrum. Check them out below, or click through to the detailed post to discover each ancient site in detail and add them to your list of things to do in Bodrum.
Have you been to Iasos near Bodrum? If not, check it out in this post. You’ll start making plans for a visit right away! Waterside dining and ruins combined!
Knidos ancient site sits at the edge of the Datça peninsula. It’s an explosion of turquoise waters, 2 harbors, a windswept lighthouse, and sea view ruins.
Beçin Castle is a place that most people admire from a distance. Visible from the main Milas – Muğla road, this gem offers so much more than meets the eye!
The Apollo Temple in Didyma, near Didim, is a sacred site and a quite spectacular one too! When visiting, go explore the village surrounding it, it’s lovely!
When visiting Stratonikeia in Turkey you step into Greek and Ottoman history, but also in today’s village life. Well worth a stop!
Looking for a culture trip in Turkey without busloads of other tourists breathing down your neck? Miletus has a lot that Ephesus has no longer…
Bodrum, Turkey has many landmarks and plenty to offer. Few travelers know about Pedasa, a hidden gem high up in the Bodrum hills. -> READ MORE
Put Yediler Monastery on your Turkey bucket list! If you like stunning hikes to magical places, this sacred Latmos Mountains trail will blow you away! -> READ MORE
Some places are more off-the-beaten-track than others
When it comes to natural beauty & mystery, you’re spoiled at Gerga. You will leave this awe-inspiring cult-site dazzled, but with more questions than answers.
Explore authentic villages near Bodrum
You’ll find a few lovely and authentic villages and towns as a day trip from Bodrum. These are places with extraordinary charm, away from the hustle and bustle, a quaint and perfect change of scenery from the Bodrum Peninsula. Discover them below, and click through to the detailed post to start planning your excursions and add these towns to your list of things to do in Bodrum.
If you love typical and quaint villages, you’ll love this! Eski Doğanbey makes a perfect day trip from Bodrum or Kuşadası. Beware for a cuteness overload!
Çomakdağ is an enchanting & colorful village where the women’s clothes & headwear add a dash of sparkle to your day. Visit it if you can!
Discover Muğla’s whitewashed houses in cobbled streets & Ottoman grandeur within walking distance. Authentic Turkey at its best!
Akyaka is Turkey’s second Cittaslow. Discover the perfect day trip from Marmaris, Bodrum or Fethiye combining architecture, beach life & food heaven!
More things to do in Bodrum
Of course, we shouldn’t forget to mention Bodrum town on this list of things to do in Bodrum! After all, the town itself has a lot to offer. Count on stunning views, excellent wining, dining, and shopping options, and a healthy dose of culture on top of that.