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Things to do in Bodrum + The Western Coast

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Bodrum + The Western Coast. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Bodrum + The Western Coast attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Bodrum + The Western Coast to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Bodrum + The Western Coast.

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  • Basilica of St. John

    Built by Justinian in the 6th century A.D., the Basilica of St. John the Apostle and his reputed final resting place is a ruined yet spectacular ed... More
  • Bebop

    Locals flock to Bebop to sit in the garden and listen to jazz, handpicked by the charismatic owner (and Keith Richards look-alike) Kadri Balagzi, a... More
  • Corvus Vineyard

    Former architect Resit Soley is producing the country’s most sought-after bottles of sweet reds with strong notes of cherry and plum. More
  • Engin Akin Cooking School

    At her cooking school, renowned gastronomist Engin Akin not only teaches Ottoman classics, she also takes travelers to some of the area's best bake... More
  • Ephesus Museum

    The museum houses a small but impressive collection of statues and other objects uncovered in the ruins of Ephesus. The most famous exhibits are th... More
  • Eski Sandik

    Boutique specializing in vintage hand-embroidered scarves and shawls, many from Iran. More
  • Ethnography Museum

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    Etrim Village Cooperative

    Make the 30 minute journey from Bodrum for oversize Turkish wool carpets. More
  • Limon Café

    Convivial, boho bar/café beloved for its sunset views and cocktails. More
  • Marina Bar

    Set in the Kismet Hotel, Marina's old-world service and upscale clientele reflect its regal provenance; the hotel was built by an Ottoman princess.... More
  • Priene and Didyma

    Classical-history buffs should make the trip to Priene to see the ruins of the well-preserved ancient Greek city; and to the wondrous Didyma, a 120... More
  • Railway Steam Engine Museum

    Trainspotters will appreciate the 30-odd steam engines on display at this private museum, which is run by the son of the former stationmaster of Se... More
  • Salto

    Bring home a jar of house-made poppy jam. More

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