medieval castle built by the knights of Rhodes guards the entrance to
Bodrum's dazzling blue bay,in which the Agean and the Mediterranean Seas
meet.The town's charm is well-known,attracting a diverse population
vacationers who stroll along its long palm-linet waterfront, while elegant
yachts crowd the marina.
Not far from town, you can swim in absolutely clear,tideless, warm seas.
Underwater divers, especially, will want to explore the numerous reefs,
caves and majestic rock formations. The waters offer up multicolored
sponges of all shapes and sizes, octopi and an immense variety of other
The reputation of Bodrum's boatyards dates back to ancient times, and
today, craftsmen still build the traditional yachts: the tirhandil with a
pointed bow and stern, and the gulette with a broad beam and rounded stern.
The latter, especially, are used on excursions and pleasure trips,and in
the annual October Cup Race.
|The yearly throng
of visitors has encouraged small entrepreneurs to make shopping in Bodrum
a delight. Leather goods of all kinds, natural sponges and the local blue
glass beads are among the bargains to be found in the friendly little
shops along the narrow, white-walled streets.Charming boutiques offer
kilims, carpets, sandals and embroidery as well as original fashions in
|Bodrum has gained
the reputation as the center of the Turkish art community with its lively,
friendly and Bohemian atmosphere and many small galleries. This community
has encouraged an informal day-time life styie and a nighttime of
excitement. The evenings in Bodrum are for sitting idly in one of the many
restaurants, dining on fresh seafood and other Aegean specialties.
Afterwards night clubs (some with cabaret) and superb discos keep you
going until dawn.
|Bodrum, known in
ancient times as Halicarnassus, was the birthplace of Heredotus and the
site of King Mausolus's Tomb (4th century B.C.), one of the Seven Wonders
of the Ancient World. In the harbor, the Bodrum Castle, or the medieval
castle of St.Peter, is a fine example of 15th cenfury Crusader
architecture, and has been converted into the Museum of Underwater
Archaeology, with remains dating as far back as the Bronze Age. The
stunning panoramic view from Goktepe, nearby, is much photographed by
visitors to the Museums second-century theater.The beautiful Bodrum
Peninsula suits holidaymakers interested in a subdued and relaxing
with guest-houses and small hotels on quiet bays, dot the peninsula. On
the southern coast,Bardakci, Gumbet, Bitez, Aktur, Ortakent Yalisi,Karaincir,
Bagla and Akyarlar have fine, sandy beaches.Campers and windsurfers enjoy
Gumbet, and at Bitez colorful sailboards weave skillfully among the masts
of yachts in the bay. On shore you can enjoy quiet walks through the
orange and tangerine groves bordering the beach.Ortakent has one of the
longest stretches of sandy beach in the area and offers an ideal place for
relaxing in solitude. One of the most beautiful beaches on the Bodrum
peninsula,Karaincir, is ideal for lively active days by the sea and
relaxed, leisurely evenings with local villagers.Finally, Akyarlar enjoys
a well- deserved reputation for the fine, powdery sand of its beach.
Gumusluk and Yalikavak, all with excellent beaches,lie on the western side
of the peninsula and are ideal for swimming, sunbathing and water sports.
In Turgutreis, the birthplace of a great Turkish admiral of the same name,
you will find a monument honoring him. In the ancient port of Myndos (Gumusluk)
you can easily make many friends with the hospitable and outgoing local
population. In Yalikavak, white-washed houses with cascading
bougainvillaea line narrow streets. Small cafes and the occasional
windmill create a picturesque setting.See the north coast of the peninsula
- Torba, Turkbuku,Golkoy and Gundogan - by road or, even better, hire a
boat and crew to explore the quiet coves, citrus groves and wooded islands.
Little windmills which still provide the energy to grind grain crown hills
covered with olive trees.
|Torba, a modern
village with holiday villas and a nice marina is located 8 km north of
Bodrum. Golkoy and Turkbuku are small and simple fishing villages with a
hanctful of taverns overlooking a lovely bay.
After a boat trip to Karaada, half an hour from Bodrum, you can bathe in
the grotto where the warm mineral waters flowing out of the rocks are
believed to beautify the complexion.