The Turkish Riviera has long been a hotspot for savvy independent travelers, and in recent years it has been getting even more well known for its beautiful beaches, great nightlife, and jet set lifestyle. If you’re planning to travel to Turkey and want to visit the coast, here are some of the best places to stay on the Bodrum Peninsula.
Bodrum is the most popular choice for people visiting this part of coastal Turkey. The city is known for its great summer nightlife scene, and has lots of clubs, bars, and restaurants along its waterfront. It is also a great place for history lovers, as the ruins of the famous Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is located here. Foodies also flock to Bodrum for its great restaurants and authentic Turkish food, and shoppers love its busy markets and souvenir stalls.
Barbaros Bay is one of the best places to stay on the Bodrum Peninsula if you have money to spend (and a yacht to go with it). A private bay belonging to the 5-star luxury Kempinski Hotel in Bodrum, it is a popular destination for jet setters and those that like privacy. Located a short drive from the Bodrum city center, Barbaros Bay is a great choice if you want to be near the action but not right in the thick of it.
With its sparkling new marina and picture-pretty old town, Yalikavak is fast becoming one of the most fashionable places to stay on the Turkish Riviera. Whether you have a yacht or not, walking along the waterfront is a great way to see the boats, and no trip would be complete without lunch or dinner at Cipriani in Yalikavak. Don’t miss the shops and cafes in the narrow streets of the historic quarter, either. They are a great place to pick up souvenirs and take a coffee break.
The House Hotels are some of the best boutique hotels in the city. Offering both hotels and furnished apartments in Istanbul, they are stylish, modern, and well maintained.
The properties are often boutique hotels situated in former mansion houses. The buildings have been completely redesigned and refurbished to a high standard. The suites are large, but the hotels are intimate, usually with 20 rooms or fewer.
House Hotels’ apartments, which are called House Apart, are fully equipped with all of the appliances and amenities that make you feel at home in Istanbul. The apartments are located all around the city, including areas like Cihangir, Galatasaray, Nisantasi, Ortakoy, and Tunel.
Room rates at the House Hotels in Istanbul start at 110 euros a night, which is a great value for money.
If you have more than three or four days to spend in Turkey, consider taking a day trip from Istanbul to one of the surrounding cities or somewhere further afield.
Below is a list of some of the best day trips from Istanbul:
If you’re not daunted by the prospect of flying to and from Ephesus in one day, a day trip from Istanbul is a great way to see the ancient city.
For lovers of military history, Gallipoli makes for one of the best day trips from Istanbul. Enjoy a visit to the historic Gallipoli battlefields, trenches, and tunnels for a day.
The historic city of Bursa is another great place to visit. Go to the first Ottoman capital to see the historic sights of the Green Mosque and Tomb, the Grand Mosque, the Silk Market, and the Covered Bazaar.
Iznik and Nicea
Iznik and Nikea are a great day trip from Istanbul. You can spend the day seeing the famous tiles and location of the first Ecumenical Council.
Black Sea Beaches
For sun worshippers, the Black Sea beaches make for one of the best day trips from Istanbul. Enjoy swimming and sunbathing for an afternoon before returning to city life.