The Bodrum region has traditionally been popular with intellectuals and affluent nationals from Istanbul and Ankara. In recent times the region has witnessed rapid growth and dramatic transformation, particularly in the past two decades. It has now established itself as a popular destination for European holiday-makers, domestic tourists and the high-flyers of Turkish society.
The Bodrum peninsular and the surrounding region offer a unique balance of vibrant, cosmopolitan towns and small traditional fishing villages. A multitude of activities and historical attractions have made the area one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey. The Milas-Bodrum airport serves the region with scheduled flights from London Heathrow and Manchester with Turkish Airways. There are also hundreds of charter flights during the tourist season from airlines such as Thomas Cook, Jet2 and Monarch. The airport has an annual capacity of 5million passengers and ferries from Marmaris, Altinkum, Kos and Rhodes dock near Bodrum castle.
Bodrum Town: Originally a fishing village set in the shadow of the magnificent Crusader castle, Bodrum town has experienced significant growth over the past 20 years. The town is now renowned for its vibrant nightlife and multitude of restaurants along with the museum in the restored Castle of St John. Situated 35 kilometres from the international airport Bodrum has an up market feel and has gained a reputation as a jet-set destination. Shopping facilities are good, with a choice of supermarkets and a weekly market. The town is without a beach but has a large marina which boasts in excess of 1,100 moorings and construction is underway for a dock for cruise liners.
The town’s property market has the advantage of some fairly strict building laws, limiting the height of new development and encouraging preservation of historic buildings. However development has been constant and there is an abundance of properties in and around the town.