Bodrum is the best cure for work-stress. The prescription is: have a lazy day! Wake up to the sound of Aegean waves, have Beyaz Peynir cheese for breakfast and lay in the sun reading a good book. Late in the afternoon as the sun starts to cool, wander around St. Peter’s Castle, grab your bargain at the Local Market or visit the ruins of Halycarnassus Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. If tired after the long walk, enjoy the pleasure of a Turkish Bath (Hamam). Work your way from warm to hot rooms, have a body scrub, a relaxing massage and don’t forget to sip a Turkish coffee or tea at the end. You’re now ready for a delicious dinner.
Much of the action happens around the harbour front, but dare you shake off your sea legs and head inland the Denizhan is one of the area’s finest dining spots. As Turkish restaurants go this is quite experimental – beef baked in pistachio and cheese or meatballs – a ready alternative to the kebabs found elsewhere. Should Bodrum harbour be quite enough for you then make sure that you get to Musto early on in the evening to sit among the hoi polloi on this much-feted terrace. Viewing the golden sunset with a raki is almost a rite of passage in this town. As the Turkish say before they start the meal: Afiyet Olsun!
After dinner or before you hit the Catamarn Disco, nightclub on a glass-bottomed boat, or the amazing Halikarnas Night Club, take your pick of a huge range of bars which sell every type of cocktail and beer. Halfway on Bar Street ask for a drink at Deja Vu and get ready to be amazed, as the bartenders could turn into a dance crew any moment.
“Adventure” is your middle name, you can’t stand lying all day in the sun and want to enjoy fresh air and amazing landscapes. Bodrum is the ideal spot for hiking, the area is full of wonderful trails for every difficulty level from easy to challenging walks, where you can take great pictures of the surroundings while exploring. If you’re keen on water sports grab mask and flippers and head to Bitez beach, a brilliant spot for snorkeling, scuba diving or windsurfing. In the crystal clear water you’ll be able to see amazing rainbow wrasse, barracudas, moray eels, octupus and if you’re very lucky you could run into the rare Mediterranean monk seal. You won’t regret it!