Bodrum on Turkeys Mediterranean coast is sometimes overlooked by Irish holiday makers in favour of the more traditional resorts in Spain and Portugal. Yes, Lanzarote is always a good idea, but after the tenth visit, it might be time to branch out and try something new. Bodrum is a gorgeous sun and beach spot and well worth considering – stunning beaches, great food, spectacular scenery, ancient history and nightlife to suit all tastes. It’s the value though that will seal the deal – Sunway has some remarkable value for Bodrum in June – starting at €399 pps for seven nights departing on June 1st.
Looking past the great value, there are lots of reasons to choose this undiscovered gem –
The Beautiful Beaches
Whether you’re looking for all-action water sports, family-friendly coves with clean sands and clear waters, or simply a quiet spot for sunbathing, the Bodrum Peninsula has some of Europe’s most glorious beaches. Laid-back Gümüşlük beach is a narrow, pretty stretch of beach opposite Rabbit Island: when the tide is low you can wade out along the sunken ancient city walls of Myndos. The kilometre of soft, sloping sand at Gümbet beach is a big family-friendly draw. Little ones will happily splash about in the calm shallows while teens can enjoy water sports. Lazy bay-hopping in a gulet, the traditional boat for these waters, was conceived in Bodrum. You can sail for a bit, drop anchor in some empty little cove where nothing has changed in 2,000 years and swim around in clear blue water.
Bodrum cuisine is much more than tasty kebab and baklava – it includes fresh seafood and meze. Locals stop for sesame simit (a cross between a bagel and a pretzel) and peynirli borek (layers of flaky pastry, spinach and cheese) and these tasty treats are readily available. Friday market sells fresh figs, pomegranates, peaches and oranges and they are great value.
The hamam experience has become synonymous with Turkey and is a favourite among many visitors to Bodrum. Being scrubbed and then washed and massaged in a cloud of soap foam is a truly spectacular way to unwind.
Two of the seven wonders of the ancient world can be seen in Bodrum – The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus is at St Peters Castle in Bodrum harbour and Roman city of Ephesus. And that’s just for starters in terms of ancient history. The 4th century Roman theatre, Bodrum Castle and Museum of Underwater Archaeology which houses a 16-meter ship that sunk in AD 1025 are all highlights.
Turkish people are known for their profound hospitality and for their genuine warmth and friendly natures.
One of the best things about Bodrum is that it’s still warm during the off-season months such as May, September, and October, so offers really great value with fantastic weather and all that Bodrum has to offer.
Some of the Sunway value is as follows – on a three, four and five star basis.
|Property||Board||Resort||01 Jun||08 Jun||15 Jun||22 Jun||29 Jun|
|3* Summer Garden||Self Catering||Bitez||€399||€429||€449||€449||€599|
|4* Club Shark Hotel||All Incl||Gumbet||€615||€599||€619||€619||€799|
|4* Jasmin Beach Hotel||All Incl||Gumbet||€699||€719||€739||€739||€915|
|5* Voyage Turkbuku||Ultra All Incl||Bodrum||€1049||€1079||€1099||€1145||€1415|
|5* Kefaluka Resort||Ultra All Incl||Tugutreis||€1069||€1035||€1125||€1145||€1325|
Prices are per person and include flights / return airport transfers / 7 nights’ accommodation / all taxes & charges / FREE 20kg checked baggage per person + Services of a Sunway Rep