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Troy/Gallipoli versus Bodrum

We are in the process of planning our trip to Turkey. We realize that we cannot see everything we would like to. If we had to choose between spending 2 days in Troy/Gallipoli or Bodrum, what would you reccomend?


Posted by
2862 posts

I've visited Troy and Bodrum both, but not Gallipoli. I loved Troy even though it's not a restored archaeological site like Ephesus. Troy's connection to history and mythology made it a 'must-see' for me. I also enjoyed Bodrum, but for very different reasons. It's an interesting resort town with good shops and restaurants, and I enjoyed walking through the marinas looking at the beautiful gulets. I ended up spending a few extra days in the lovely, small seaside village of Gumusluk, about 30 minutes outside of Bodrum, which was one of the surprise highlights of my time in Turkey. I will say that I wouldn't go to Bodrum mid-summer when it's busy. That would not be something I'd enjoy at all. I was there in May and it was crowded enough.

Posted by
990 posts

Are you interested in World War I history? Do you have connections to Australia and/or New Zealand? If you haven't answered either of these questions with a "yes," you probably can skip Gallipoli. There are lots and lots of places on the Aegean coast that would trump Gallipoli for most people.