What you should know before hiring a car in Bodrum
Bodrum city centre
Car hires in Bodrum: practical information
Where to rent a car in Bodrum
Sea, sand and sun are on the menu when you book tickets from London to Bodrum. The southern Aegean Coast awaits and the best way to explore it is with a cheap car hire in Bodrum. Car hire Bodrum airport is a good place to start. There are a handful of car rental companies at Bodrum-Milas Airport including Hertz, Avis and Europcar.
Apart from the airport you can also get a car hire Bodrum city. Blue Rent A Car is located right outside the harbour. Avis also has a city centre location.
Driving in Bodrum: parking and other tips
Around the city it's probably best to use a shared taxi, called a dolmuş by the locals. But if you're taking off to explore more of the coastline then a discount car hire in Bodrum is invaluable. That also means you'll need a spot to park it. While it seems there's no parking anywhere, don't panic. You just have to know where to look. There are two main car parks, one is just down the main street from the castle. The other is along the harbour, just near the council buildings.
An alternative to public car parks is booking a hotel in Bodrum that has its own car park available to its guests. Just launch a search on liligo.com and when you hotel search results appear, choose "parking" from the list of available amenities on the left-hand side of the results page.
Road trips from Bodrum: what to do, what to see
Yalikavak is a yachter's paradise surrounded by a ton of small and intimate beaches, some only accessible by boat. The water of the Aegean Sea is as clear as crystal and as blue as turquoise. Pack your swimsuit and some cash, there is killer shopping here too! As far as the Bodrum Peninsula is concerned, Yalikavak is the cherry on the top of the cake.
Just 30 minutes by car away is Gümüşlük, right on the coast. There are ancient ruins here to see but you won't find them above ground. The ancient city of Myndus slid into the water after an earthquake, creating an amazing spot to snorkel today. Some can be reached on foot in knee-deep water en route to Rabbit Island. The best time to visit is during the summer when the Gümüşlük International Classical Music Festival is on.
To reach Kalymnos you'll need a boat. This little slice of paradise is part of Greece's South Aegean Islands but makes a great side-trip to any holiday in Bodrum. Kalymnos is known for two things: its spectacular beaches and its rock climbing. Apart from that, Kalymnos is famous for its sponges, found underwater and a popular bath accessory all over the world.