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About Bodrum Milas

Bodrum is an ancient and beautiful port city situated on Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula, on the south-west coast of the Aegean Sea. Populated by just under 40,000 people, it is a popular tourist destination and an art, entertainment and trade hub. Bodrum is famed for the 15th century Bodrum Castle and the Mausoleum Halicarnassus archaeological site.

Cheap flights to Bodrum are now available for a limited period of time, so prepare to marvel at the art, history and beautiful sunsets this city has to offer! Bodrum is served by the Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV) which is a 30-minute drive from the city centre. BJV mainly serves national flag carrier, Turkish Airlines. There are no direct flights from South Africa to Bodrum, but connecting flights depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Bodrum is approximately 12 hours and 30 minutes.

Why visit Bodrum Milas

bodrum milas temple of zeus

Ancient Milas City

Milas, a city just a few kilometres away from Bodrum, is an ancient gem filled with history and wonder. Take time to tour the 27-remarkable archaeological sites this city boasts, like the Temple of Zeus.

bodrum castle

Bodrum Castle

The Bodrum Castle is a majestic, prominent landmark of the city’s skyline where you can relive history or discover artefacts from old shipwrecks at the Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

bodrum coastline

The Coastline

Go boating, take a dip in the Aegean Ocean or watch the world pass by at one of the many restaurants or beach clubs along Bodrum’s glistening, blue waters.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Turkey
Currency Turkish Lira (TRY)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.28 TRY
Language Turkish
Hub Airport Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV)
Airline Turkish Airlines
Time Zone GMT +02:00
Travel Adaptor Type F

Best time to visit Bodrum Milas

Bodrum is a beautiful port city that attracts visitors to its shores all-year-round, however the best time to visit is in the long summer period between July and mid-September. This is one of the peak tourist seasons in the city, the other being the Christmas and New Year holidays. The hot summer sun and blue waters attract quite the crowd during these months, so air fares, accommodation and general prices are at their highest. To enjoy this incredible destination without having to pay an arm and a leg for your holiday, travel to Bodrum during the shoulder season months of April, May, mid-September and October. The temperatures will still be pleasant and warm enough for beach days and sightseeing.

Weather & Climate in Bodrum Milas

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) 7°C 8°C 9°C 12°C 15°C 19°C 22°C 22°C 19°C 15°C 12°C 9°C
High (°C) 15°C 15°C 17°C 21°C 26°C 31°C 34°C 34°C 30°C 25°C 20°C 17°C
Rainfall (mm) 187 109 70 32 22 4 0 0 12 55 94 180

Overview

Bodrum is a beautiful port city situated on Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula, on the south-west coast of the Aegean Sea. This art, entertainment and trade hub is a unique blend of ancient city and vibrant urban lifestyle. The 15th century Bodrum Castle, also known as the Castle of St. Peter and the Mausoleum Halicarnassus archaeological site, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, are renowned must-see tourist attractions.

The coastline, decorated with lush vegetation, white sand and welcoming lounge seats on beautiful decks, provides perfect views and an array of holiday activities. Take a dip in the cool water or sunbathe at Gumbet and Bitez beach. While there, you can enjoy a drink at one of the many pool bars or be adventurous and hire a boat for a scenic trip along the bay.

After a long day of fun in the sun and sightseeing, try out the Turkish bath experience at the lavish Bodrum Hamami near the harbour. A soak and a relaxing massage later, take a trip to the Bodrum Marina where you can indulge in traditional Turkish food like fresh Lahmajoun and delicious seafood. The marina hosts boutiques and designer clothing stores where you can shop to your heart’s content.

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Visa & Customs

South Africans do require a visa to enter Turkey. You can apply, pay for and download your tourist visa online here:.

The visa will allow you access to Turkey for 3 months. Additionally, ensure your South African passport is valid for at least six months beyond date of return and has at least two blank pages available for stamps.

For further information the Turkish Embassy in South Africa can be found at 122 Stanza Bopape St, Mahube Valley in Pretoria. Telephone: 012 342 6055

Health & Safety

Make sure your routine vaccines that include the MMR vaccine, DPT, Chickenpox, Polio and yearly flu shots are updated before travel. As an additional precaution you should get vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B, Tetanus, Typhoid and Rabies, as you may be exposed to infected stray dogs and other mammals while on holiday.

Bodrum is a fairly safe city, however, you should still practice normal safety precautions such as keeping your valuables and important documentation safe and, although it is uncommon, watch out for petty crimes like bag-snatching or pick-pocketing.

Keep an eye out for restaurants that may overprice your bill exorbitantly - this has been a problem of tourist-scamming in the past. There is also a vast amount of stray dogs that inhabit the city, they can be harmless but be cautious around them, especially with children.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Bodrum Milas
Meal inexpensive restaurant R90.00 R100.00 R54.00
Domestic Beer R22.00 R20.00 R29.00
Cappuccino (regular) R19.00 R20.00 R23.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10.00 R12.00 R18.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R35.00 R35.00 R43.00
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