The best and worst times to go to Bodrum depend less on weather and more on how much you want to party—or fall asleep to the sound of other people partying—because the weather is almost always some version of “sunny” and “Mediterranean.” If you thrive on international crowds, open-air discos, and mind-bending heat, July and August are when the scene truly goes off. (It’s when some restaurants charge double the prices of Istanbul, too.) Spring and summer are when the festival season picks up: there are bicycle and diving festivals in May, a film festival in June, and various Aegean, Bodrum, and Turkish cultural celebrations in July and August.
It’s not for nothing that the Turkish word for autumn, sonbahar, means “second spring.” Temps linger in the high 70s, and the beaches and docks are less crowded. The frenetic, sweaty pace of the high season wanes a bit. It’s also when the Bodrum Cup—an annual wooden yacht regatta—and the International Folk Dance Festival bring their own, more muted, takes on dancing and revelry.
Come winter, it can cool off to the 50s during the day. This is a lot warmer than many other parts of the country, which attracts Turkish travelers looking to bask. Some hotels close up shop, but it’s also when Bodrum returns to its less pretentious self—minus Swedish bikini models, Saudi princes, and Russian oil tycoons preening to the sound of house music.