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The most popular day trips out of Bodrum are all to neighboring islands to swim, snorkel, and sunbathe. Lovers of archeological sites should head straight for Labranda or Euromos, or, with more effort, to Iassos. The ancient nearby towns of Milas and Mugla are more interesting than their modern outskirts suggest.

Day Trips from Bodrum

Boat Trip

Bathe in a hot spring, take a mudbath, laze on Ortakent beach, and go swimming in Aquarium Bay on a maritime day trip along the Bodrum seafront – just hail one of the private boat owners that line the waterfront.

between Braubachstrasse and the Main River,
Tags: family | tour | day trip | swimming


Located on the roadside in Euromos, the never-completed Temple of Zeus is remarkably photogenic. History buffs can shin up the hill behind it to find yet more ancient ruins.

50 miles north of Bodrum,
Tags: history | day trip | ruins

Iassos (Kiyikislacik)

This pocket-handkerchief-sized resort and harbor shelters ruins of a forgotten Roman hillside town and small museum in a centuries-old fish market.

79 miles north of Bodrum,
Tags: history | day trip | ruins


Hop over to the Greek island of Kos (just 20 minutes by hydrofoil) to visit the medieval Castle of the Knights and shop for souvenirs.

Bodrum Express Lines, Kos, 011-90-252-316 187,
Tags: history | tour | day trip


Isolated amid pine trees on a remote hillside near Milas, Labranda harbors romantic temple and banqueting hall ruins visited by very few people.

66 miles north of Bodrum,
Tags: history | day trip | ruins


In the shadow of Bodrum airport, Milas is an ancient town with interesting 14th-century mosques, hundreds of old Ottoman house, and a handful of reminders of the Roman period, including the 2nd-century Gumuskesen tomb.

40 miles north of Bodrum.,
Tags: culture | history | day trip


Hop in a minivan from the bus station and head for the provincial capital where you can explore streets full of 19th-century Ottoman houses, eyeball the archeological museum, and relax in an ancient Turkish bath.

111 miles east of Bodrum,
Tags: culture | history | day trip

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