Bodrum Tourist Information Office is a non-profit government organization of Ministry of Culture and Tourism. It offers various services for both domestic and international travellers visiting the peninsula.
It is a small, one store white building adjacent to the Bodrum Castle, at the south side of Baris Square. It falls behind a short walkway and can be easily overlooked. Just look for the sign on the building which reads “Tourist Information”.
Before proceeding, I need to pass the message from a kind lady I talked to in Tourist Information Office. When I told her I need information to publish on my web site, she wanted to make it clear that their shifts are adjusted according to visitor traffic. It would be better to call them before going there outside of official working hours which are normally between 08:00 and 17:00 from Monday to Friday. They have also a lunch break between 12:00 and 13:00.
Primary role of this office is to support Bodrum tourism by organizing events, providing tourist information, auditing touristic facilities and collecting feedback about your satisfaction. In short, their task is to make your Bodrum travel easier, safer and more enjoyable.
I have visited this office many times to find out what they do and how do they do it.
This is a multilingual office which means you can find somebody to speak in English, German and French. Still, don’t count on it because they work in shifts in the summer and you may not be able to find the right person who can speak your preferred tongue every time.
Although I assume you have the Bodrum Map which I prepared for you, it wouldn’t hurt to have another one as a hard copy on your pocket. Here is one of the places you can get one for free.
Various brochures, flyers and booklets about Bodrum and other touristic destinations of Turkey can be found in Bodrum Tourist Information Office in various languages. Just don’t forget that the availability of these documents depends on the stocks. I can’t guarantee that you are going to find everything you need so just visit there and see if there is something that may interest you.
Since this is a government office, they have to be objective. Your questions about picking a right hotel, a private service or a restaurant for a romantic evening would be probably left unanswered. When they say “sorry”, don’t be harsh on them. They can’t advice what to prefer among other available services.
Their greatest role lies behind the scenes. They are the ones regularly auditing touristic facilities to ensure the necessary conditions set by the ministry are fulfilled to serve you well during your bodrum travel.
However, there are some grey areas because of bureaucratic reasons. They can audit blue cruise ships, museums, some hotels and restaurants but some of them are behind their authority. This is something about licences. To be honest, I couldn’t figure it out completely yet but I think that’s why bureaucracy is for; to make everything more complicated!
Anyway, Bodrum Tourist Information Office is the leading tourism authority and can receive your complaints about a touristic facility to take necessary precautions to prevent it happening again.
There is another tourist information office next to the Bodrum Intercity Bus Terminal. It is owned and run by the Bodrum Municipality.
This small office doesn’t have the tools or responsibilities like Bodrum Tourist Information but they can still offer some practical tips for your Bodrum travel. You can ask directions or specific travel services to ease your vacation.
Sometimes the minibus routes can be a mess when you are heading to small, non-touristic villages around the peninsula. This office is the best way to get the right direction. It’s absolutely better than finding drivers and trying to ask them in Turkish! The lady I met in this office was quite informative and helpful.
You can also get some brochures, flyers and free maps. This office is more flexible than the Bodrum Tourist Information to help you in finding various travel services around Bodrum.
As a result, these two offices are there to help you to find your own Bodrum. They may not provide a solid and comprehensive service but in my point of view, every piece of information matters. You may need them.