Although Bodrum's relationship with water is mainly defined through the sea and swimming pools, one should not overpass traditional Turkish baths. Nowadays most hotels have Turkish baths integrated into their spa centers. However the place to go in Bodrum for a truly traditional hamam experience is the Bardakçı Hamam. The hamam doesn't look too inviting or charming from the outside but one should know that it was established way back in 1749. In fact, it's difficult not to feel the authentic atmosphere once you're inside. The hamam lies a couple of hundred meters up the Omurça Dere Sokak which connects with the Cumhuriyet Caddesi – also known as the 'Barstreet' – at the point where the buildings give way to the beach. It is ideal for those who arrive in Bodrum and look forward to a fresh start by shaking off the travel fatigue.
Originally covering a larger area, the Bardakçı Hamam came to survive as a single domed structure. That's why it doesn't offer separate areas or different time slots for men and women. Therefore, unlike most Turkish baths, this is a mixed hamam. It can only accommodate small groups due to its size. Everything you'd expect from a hamam experience, from scrub to foam and massage, is available here. Not to forget the massage with aromatherapy oils following a bathing session.
Omurçadere Sokak, No.22, central Bodrum
Open everyday. Open from 08.00 to 22.00 but on busy periods hours may be flexible. Admission fee: 15 TL.