Turkey's top summer destination Bodrum is surely the next St. Tropez thanks to its beautiful landscape with white sandy beaches and the deep blue waters of the Aegean, whitewashed houses coloured with bugainvilleas as well as the lively social life throughout the summer. The best boutique hotels like the famous Maça Kızı and world-famous hotel chains including the Kempinski are scattered throughout the peninsula hosting the Turkish and international jetset. Bodrum is also ideal as a starting point for a cruise to the Greek Islands.
Bodrum is also a paradise for gourmet lovers. You can have your dinner at Kocadon, a famous local seafood restaurant located in a stone house surrounded with banana and palm trees or at the luxurious Kuum 29, the newest sister restaurant of the world-famous Ulus 29 restaurant in İstanbul. In Bodrum, parties start before the sunset at the trendy beachclubs of Türkbükü and go on until the sunrise at famous nightclubs like Ship-A-Hoy. If you want something more sophisticated, the Marina Yacht Club is the place to be.
For those that prefer to wake up early than to stay out late, don't miss the chance to visit the ruins of the Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World or to watch a live performance at the Bodrum's Ancient Amphitheatre. You should also visit the Bodrum Castle, a well preserved fortification built by the Templar Knights of St. John in Rhodes.
Buying a stylish pair of handmade bespoke sandals made by Ali Güven or one of the handmade glass decorative objects of Turkish artist Engin Dalyancı will be the best part of a short walk through the narrow streets of the centre.
Don't hesitate to explore the beautiful villages just beyond Bodrum: fast-growing Göltürkbükü with its luxury hotels, trendy restaurants and lively beach clubs; the small village of Gümüşlük with its close location to Rabbit Island, where a huge ancient theatre constructed around 400 BC has been discovered; and Turgutreis with its local open air market; Göcek with its luxurious marina and local restaurants; Fethiye with a facility for paragliding over the scenic Ölüdeniz; Marmaris with its famous bars; and, Datça with the most beautiful sandy beaches of Turkey's coast.