The Turkish beach towns of Bodrum and Dalaman may look similar to the foreigner. However, like sugar and salt, those who are familiar with the area know that each town appeals to a different type of traveler. Today we explore their beaches, attractions, and transportation options so you can make up your mind and decide to which airport you should fly into when booking your flights to Turkey.
Discover other Turkish beach towns: Fethiye, heart of The Turquoise Coast
Turkish beach towns: Bodrum
One of the smaller Turkish beach towns along the Turquoise Coast, Bodrum can be described as a pulsing city with a small-town feel.
While the main town is teaming with nightlife, the best beaches are located outside of it. But don’t fret — the whole area is well-served by the excellent, cheap local bus system, so getting around is quite easy. Take a lift and head over to Bitez and Turgutreis for some sandy beaches.
From world-class wreck diving and nightclubs to ancient ruins and museums: Bodrum has it all!
Jeep Safari to the relatively-unknown Antique City of Pedasa:
Halikarnas The Club: arguably one of the best dance clubs in town
Bodrum’s Museum of Underwater Archeology has many terrific exhibits. However, one particularly stands out:
Turkish beach towns: Dalaman
If you really want to get away from it all, the Turkish beach town of Dalaman is a good choice.
Please keep in mind though, if you wish to explore surrounding areas, renting a car is paramount, as other means of transportation are either too expensive or time-consuming. You will also have to take a pricey taxi from the airport to the town’s center, as it is 6 km away.
Conversely, the intercity bus service is useful if you hope to mix a budget Turkish road trip with a relaxation break in sleepy Dalaman. Most notably, there is a direct bus from Tokat Yıldızı departing at 15:00 3 pm to Nevşehir, from which you change for Ürgüp and Göreme to visit gorgeous Cappadocia.
Once you have a car, the entire Turquoise Coast is at your feet. Depending on the time of the year you visit, you may go trekking, bathe in mud baths, see sunken Roman ruins amid the sand dunes of Patara Beach, go paragliding by Fethiye or even take a hydrofoil to Greece!
Hiking Butterfly Valley, Fethiye:
Mud Baths by Dalyan River:
Paragliding over Olu Deniz, Fethiye:
The old, picturesque fishing village of Kalkan:
The spectacular Aspendos Roman theater by Antalya: