Dubbed "Turkey's St. Tropez" by the New York Times back in 2006, Bodrum is one of the loveliest regions on Turkey's Aegean coast. With three upmarket marinas, a wealth of superb restaurants, a buzzing nightlife, super luxury villas, fabulous shops and numerous hidden bays and beaches, it’s hardly surprising the it's a firm favourite with so many visitors over the years. Although it's become a decidedly sophisticated destination in recent years, visited by some of Hollywood's biggest stars, the diverse peninsula is loved by most for its sleepy villages, hidden coves, pine-and-citrus-clad hills and pretty beaches.
Originally known as Halicarnassus, the capital of the kingdom of Caria, Bodrum boasts a wealth of history with recent years changing the landscape significantly. Thankfully modernisation has been kind and Bodrum still remains the picture postcard setting we see in the travel brochures. The photos of pretty pink bougainvillea cascading down the white washed houses and into the sea really are apt, the Castle of St Peter separating Bodrum's two bays is a stunning spectacle. Bodrum may be a place where traditional sits next to modern, but the atmosphere and beauty lures you in and leaves even the hard hearted wanting more.
Bodrum has a diverse foreign and Turkish community. Many well to do Turks from Istanbul and Ankara have chosen to buy holiday homes around Bodrum peninsula. Since the opening of Bodrum Milas International Airport, the British, Scandinavians, Germans, French, Dutch and lately the Russians have all followed suit. Bodrum has an ever changing tapestry with strict laws regulating the building and development in the area ensuring it remains idyllic.