Stories about Bodrum usually start with a stunning view of the castle rising over the Aegean waters which suddenly appears as you approach the town. However, those stories never end. Each step in the peninsula takes you to another beginning and at the very end, every traveller gets a unique experience, therefore a story of his/her own. Because there is a different Bodrum for each and every one!
This beautiful place is one of the best kept open secrets in the Mediterranean and the world. Whether its long history, the beautiful nature, fine arts, the golden beaches, the bright sunshine, the incomparable ambiance, the robust night life or just the local culture, your story is there waiting for you.
Bodrum is one of the most popular touristic destinations in Turkey for both domestic and international travellers. The town of Bodrum, while it is a small town with a modest population, its history, nature, art life, climate and the endless possibilities for outdoor and indoor activities attract hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world each year. Hence, it is a living, breathing town, active not just in the summer months, but every day of the year.
When we mention Bodrum in a casual conversation, for example about its population, we usually refer to the Bodrum Peninsula, not the town itself. This can be confusing sometimes, especially for those who have never been here before.
A few decades ago, Bodrum was a small fishing town, unknown to both international travellers and the Turkish people. Residents were mostly fishermen and sponge divers with the rest of the population working on agriculture; attending to fruit gardens and olive groves spread over the peninsula. There were not many towns and villages around back then; only a few scattered villages and farmhouses…
In 1950s the history of Bodrum took a new course by becoming one of the most famous vacation destinations in Turkey. In the 80s, tourism had started to take over the olive groves and the fruit gardens of the peninsula, replacing them with summer houses.
Today, official numbers state that the local population of the peninsula is around 400,000 and it usually exceeds 3 million in summers, after the visitors and the vacation house owners arrive.
However, official numbers about Bodrum are quite controversial at the time of writing, in the summer of 2022.
After being hit by the 2020 pandemic, many vacation house owners – especially the elderly, retired people and the people who can work from home – moved to Bodrum instead of being stuck in their apartments in the cities due to restrictions.
As of today, the exact population of the peninsula is unknown. Estimations range from 600,000 to 900,000.
About Bodrum Charm
Bodrum is simply a divine combination of history and culture garnished with nature, for those willing to explore, discover and experience it.
You can be a tourist or a traveller and Bodrum serves all splendidly.
If you are a tourist looking for relaxation, enjoying the sun and the golden beaches of the peninsula, this is the right place to be. On the other hand, if you are a traveller willing to discover the history, meet a new culture and mingle with the warm and friendly locals after new adventures, this could be a memorable experience for you as well.
Since my first visit, I always meet new people and see new places whenever I am around. I have read books about Bodrum, talked to the locals, and spent quality time with them. I am no stranger to the local culture; I am from Izmir after all, even if I have been working and living in Ankara for a long time.
Eventually, the spirit of the Aegean has taken over me and at some point, I started to feel like I have been a part of this city since the beginning of time. I liked this feeling and I decided to dive deeper into the culture and share my experiences on the way. That is how Enjoy Bodrum was born.
Bodrum has its unique and irresistible charm of its own. It is not easy to ignore it once you go beyond its touristic makeup. Follow it. You will never regret.
Distances from Bodrum to Other Destinations
Check the distance charts before planning short trips from Bodrum to new and exciting nearby locations to explore.
Turkish Lira is the official currency of the Republic of Turkey, and you will need it at some point as you travel around the country.