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Dubbed "Turkey's St. Tropez" by the New York Times back in 2006, Bodrum is one of the loveliest regions on Turkey's Aegean coast. With three upmarket marinas, a wealth of superb restaurants, a buzzing nightlife, super luxury villas, fabulous shops and numerous hidden bays and beaches, it’s hardly surprising that it's a firm favourite with so many visitors over the years.  Although it's become a decidedly sophisticated destination in recent years, visited by some of Hollywood's biggest stars, the diverse peninsula is loved by most for its sleepy villages, hidden coves, pine-and-citrus-clad hills and pretty beaches.

Originally known as Halicarnassus, the capital of the kingdom of Caria, Bodrum boasts a wealth of history with recent years changing the landscape significantly. Thankfully modernisation has been kind and Bodrum still remains the picture postcard setting we see in the travel brochures. The photos of pretty pink bougainvillea cascading down the white washed houses and into the sea really are apt, the Castle of St Peter separating Bodrum's two bays is a stunning spectacle. Bodrum may be a place where traditional sits next to modern, but the atmosphere and beauty lures you in and leaves even the hard hearted wanting more.

Bodrum has a diverse foreign and Turkish community. Many well to do Turks from Istanbul and Ankara have chosen to buy holiday homes around Bodrum peninsula. Since the opening of Bodrum Milas International Airport, the British, Scandinavians, Germans, French, Dutch and lately the Russians have all followed suit. Bodrum has an ever changing tapestry with strict laws regulating the building and development in the area ensuring it remains idyllic.


Bodrum is located in the Mugla province of Southwest Turkey, on the coast of the stunning Aegean Sea that is also often referred to as the Turquoise Coast. Bodrums main industry is tourism but, with large expanses of fertile agricultural land outside the bustling resorts, the surrounding villages have also become famed for their mandarins, grapes, olives, oranges and cotton. Bodrum has a great climate, beautiful coastline and many areas designated as sites of beauty or significant historical interest.

Daily Tours

You have the best chance to see and swim in Bodrum's beautiful bays by taking a boat trip.These shared-vessels begin their tour at 11:00 am and take you to the bays and islands.Some of the boats serve lunch, some of them don't.You can have your lunch break in one of the excellent restaurants in the bays.Daily tours will take one of two possible direction.One way is to Oraklar and the other way is to Karaincir.When you return Bodrum around 6:00 pm you will have acquired priceless memories.


All restaurant checks include VAT, but the vast majority of eateries throughout Turkey do not include tips as is common in most european cities. when the tip is not included, a  %10  tip is the norm.If you feel you have recieved extra service,feel free to tip more.

Recommended tip for bellhops is 2,5 TL/suitcase and 3 TL/night for the housekeeping staff.

you don't have to tpi taxi drivers, the only time a tip would be appropriate is if you have luggage and the driver has asisted you with them, but need not exceed 2,5 TL per suitcase

Banks and ATMs

All banks are open on weekdays between 9:00am and 5:00pm with most open during luch hours.Also some banks branches are open on saturdays.You can exchange foreign currency and traveler's cheques; however bank exchange rates are lower than at foreign exchange exchange bureaus.With a valid credit or debit card, you can get cash advances at most ATMs.The systems they use are posted on the ATM.Some banks also allow you to withdraw US dolars and euos and the .ATM is clearly marked with this information.


The abundance of visitors has enlivened Bodrum's retail economy. Among one of the top leisure activities in Bodrum there is shopping. Leather goods, particularly for traditional woven sandals are well known products in this town. 

Brand new golf courses are currently being designed and built on the Bodrum peninsula. In these days golf is picking up momentum in Turkey. The golf resorts are eager to attract visitors and also largely unspoiled by mass tourism. Except from golf, yachting, boating, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving are also main diversions.

Many people realizing the great potential of Bodrum being a f cheap alternative to other countries and fantastic place. The area has attracted many foreign investors wishing to buy property in Bodrum so demand for property in Bodrum is on the increase as well.

Useful Phones

Bodrum Municipalities 0252 316 10 09
Bodrum Police Centre 0252 316 80 80
Bodrum passport Police 0252 316 10 04
Gümbet Police 0252 316 12 18
Traffic Police 0252 316 80 80
Bodrum Costum 0252 316 11 12
State Hospital 0252 313 14 20
Bodrum Private Hospital 0252 313 65 66
Bodrum Acıbadem Hospital         0252 311 44 44

Please see all emergency phone numbers


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Drinking water
We rocommend that you drink bottled water and do not recommend tap water for consumption.


As of may 19, 2008 a smoking ban went into effect throughout Turkey, encompassing office buildings, hotels, shopping centers, all indoor and outdoor concert and sporting venues.The second phase of the smoking ban went into effect on July 19, 2009, prohibiting smoking at the indoor sections of all cafes, bars, and restaurants throughout Turkey.


Bodrum has hot and dry summers. Winters are rainy but still have lots of warm sunny days. You can swim in bodrum 7-8 months of the year. Sea water temperature is on avarage 19 degrees. According to a report published by the Aegean University, Bodrum has the perfect climate and is an ideal holiday location.


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Meeting Date
May 21, 2017

Abstract Submission Deadline
April 23, 2017
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