Car hire in Bodrum
Car hire in Bodrum
Bodrum is a historic port city in south-west Turkey, within easy boating distance of the Greek island of Kos thanks to its location on the Aegean coast. The nearest airport to the city is Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV), serving both domestic and international flights. Bodrum is just off the D330 highway, which runs right across the country.
What I need to know
Bodrum car hire can be very competitive due to the city's popularity with both locals and tourists. Therefore, it's a good idea to compare car hire options before you visit, which will help to reassure you that you're getting the very best deal for your needs.
Where to pick up my car
Most Bodrum car rental suppliers are clustered around the D330, where it passes through the city. The road stretches for more than 90 kilometres, ending in Yatagan, so there's no better place to collect your hire car from to begin exploring this wonderful part of the world.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
A drive along the Aegean coast makes for a beautiful road trip while you're in the area. Take a picnic of local mezze and pitch up by the ocean to enjoy it - you should be able to see across to the Greek islands if the weather is clear.
Gumbet is one of the most popular tourist areas in the Mugla province, which Bodrum is also a part of. Here, you'll find beautiful beaches, lively bars and relaxed beach restaurants in abundance. The resort is less than 15 minutes away from the centre of Bodrum by car.
The mud baths of Dalyan are famous all over the world for the rejuvenating effect they have on the skin. You can reach Dalaman, the home of the beautifying mud, in two hours and 45 minutes from Bodrum. For a livelier atmosphere, tourist hotspot Marmaris is a two hour and 20-minute drive away.
Eating and drinking
Sweet Turkish delight may be the nation's most famous delicacy, but the country is also well-known for its delicious baklava, as well as meat kofte and goulash. Traditional mezze is great for sharing with a group and means you get the chance to sample lots of different Turkish dishes.
Things to do
The Zeki Muren Arts Museum is a fascinating place to look around, having been the former home of Turkish classical music performer Zeki Muren. Watching the boats come in and out of the harbour is another great way to wile away a few hours, or you could hop aboard one for a ferry trip to nearby Kos.
Bodrum is steeped in history and is the site of the Mauseoleum of Mausolus, which was built between 353 and 350 BC and is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Bodrum Castle is also a popular tourist spot, dating from around 1402 and constructed by the Knights Templar.