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Bodrum City

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels. Originally called Halicarnassus, in ancient times the city contained a massive Greek mausoleum considered one of the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World." In the 1980s, Bodrum became a cool seaside getaway for the world's well-heeled pleasure seekers. Today, this busy resort town attracts mostly package tourists, who come here to soak up the sun and sand and to partake in the lively nightlife. A city rich in history and culture, Bodrum also boasts a well-preserved medieval castle and the ruins of an ancient Roman amphitheater. Take a look at our Turkey trip maker tool to refine the details of your trip to Bodrum City.
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Where to stay in Bodrum City

The expansive area of Bodrum City and its seaside coast offer much in the way of accommodations--at any price point. The city's main attraction, the castle, seems to yield budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses in the immediate area; expect dense crowds enjoying the animated nightlife here. An array of four-star hotels and resorts hug the curves of the coastline and continue farther west of the city core. If you prefer more luxurious lodging, seek out the handful of five-star resorts located slightly inland and a little bit southeast of the city core.
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