You will be offered a variety of excursions on cruises to Bodrum, as there is lots to see and do both in and around the town. Trips will include boat trips, scenic drives, visits to local villages, ruins, turkish baths and of course the offer of some retail therapy. If this is your first visit, however, consider spending the day in Bodrum itself, as it’s a nice town to experience with a clean and comfortable feel to it.
If you want a relaxing day lying in the sun there are sunbeds and parasols to hire on the beach.
On our last visit we walked from the ship to Bodrum Castle which you can just see at the far end of the bay.
Cruise ships in Bodrum dock about a 30 min walk from the old town. If a 30 min walk does not appeal, there is a free port shuttle boat to the old town which for us ran every hour, taking passengers near to the castle, returning on the half hour. Check the schedule when you arrive.
Otherwise a taxi from the port will cost you about 10 euro.
We enjoyed the walk into the old town as it is mostly along the cafe-lined seafront and through the bazaar, allowing for plenty of shopping opportunities and a coffee or beer stop on the way back. Many of the cafés take euros (handy if this is your only port in Turkey) and advertise free wifi, although you will need to ask for the password and, if popular, it may take a while to get access.
At the quay near the castle you will find numerous boats if you want to take to the water once more. Get there early for the best choice.
Bodrum Castle including The Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology is a great place to visit with lots to see, including ancient glass, coins, shipwreck treasure, amphorae and the walls and towers of the castle itself. You will need to spend at least an hour or preferably two there to see everything.
There are lots of steps at the castle, however, so it can be hard work in the heat especially if you choose the long route round. Happily, there is a short route too!
Be warned…..the main exhibition rooms close for an hour at lunchtime 12-1, so if possible arrive well before lunch, be sure to see the exhibitions and leave plenty of time for the shipwreck hall.
In 2015 a visit to Bodrum Castle cost 25 Turkish lire per adult. There are warning signs outside that they do not take any other currency, but you can pay by credit card.