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Bodrum is a town on the southern Aegean coast of Turkey, popular with tourists from all over the world.

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Landmarks

  • Bodrum Castle/Castle of St Peter (Bodrum Kalesi). Tu-Su. Built from 1402 by the Knights Hospitaller, the Castle is easily the most prominent landmark in the city. The castle now operates as a museum, with the focus on the Museum of Underwater Archaeology (see below). It is one of the world's best preserved monuments dating back to medieval times. The supervision of the construction of the castle was assigned to the German architect Heinrich Schlegelholt, so that the latest developments in castle design were included. The castle is quite pretty and the views are spectacular.
  • The Bodrum Amphitheatre. Is another ancient structure accredited to the reign of King Mausolus, although it wasn’t completed until the Roman era. The theatre is another witness to the great past of Bodrum, and it is one of the best preserved structures of ancient Halikarnassus. You can find this site on the road to Gumbet
  • Windmills in Bodrum. One of the many sights in the Bodrum peninsula are the white windmills, which were made of stone and lined with wooden planks. These windmills were used from the mid 18th century until the 70s as a means to grind flour. Seven windmills can be found on a hill between Bodrum and Gumbet, at the road to Turgutreis and a lot of windmills can be found around the former fishing port Yalikavak. These historical mills on the Bodrum Peninsula are currently being restored to attract local and foreign tourists. (12/2008)
  • Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Tu-Su 10AM-5PM (off-season, likely open till evening in summer). Just a short walk uphill from the marina, the foundations of the Mausoleum (see above) can be seen. 8 TL.
  • Myndos Gate - The old city gates, built under the reign of King Mausolus. It was the scene for one of the greatest bloodiest battles during the siege of the city by Alexander the Great.

Museums and Galleries

  • Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology +90 252 316 25 16, fax: +90 252 313 76 46. inside Bodrum Castle. Tu-Su 9AM-12PM, 2PM-7PM, closed Mondays. established in 1961, this great museum has won numerous awards, and displays amazing finds from underwater excavations along the Turkish coast. Includes the famous Uluburun Shipwreck, one of the earliest and richest wrecks yet discovered. Not to be missed.

Bodrum Castle

French Tower

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

Bodrum Marina

Bodrum Beach

Bodrum Windmills

Bodrum Amphitheatre

Myndos Gate

Yalikavak Beach

Bardakci Beach

Gundogan Beach

Torba Beach

Golkoy Beach

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About Bodrum

History

According to Herodotus, born B.C. 484 in Halikarnassus (ancient name for Bodrum), the city was founded by the Dorians. Megarans enlarged the city B.C. 650 and changed its name to Halikarnassus, and then Persians started to rule the city from B.C. 386

Halikarnassus had its glorious days, when it was the capital of the Karia B.C. 353. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum, was built there by Artemisia for the memory of King Mausolos.

After the Roman and Byzantium rule for ages, Ottomans have conquered the city in 1522, during the time of Suleyman, The Magnificent. The city was named "Bodrum" after the Turkish Republic was declared.

Climate

During winters and springs, November through April, the weather in Bodrum is generally very good with a few heavy shower periods, usually taking place in November, and then some time after new year and the last one in March/April. February is especially pleasant with not too cold nights and the almond blossoming and the abundance of wild ruccola all over the place.

Summers, arriving after April, are as hot as it can get (expect temperatures higher than 40 C) and sunny with no rain.

Activities

During the peak season, the beach that stretches between the castle and Halikarnas is very good for swimming; The water is roped off to prevent boats coming in, and the beach and water is cleaned daily by the restaurants and by the city authorities. Sunbeds and beanbags on the beach are free of charge, although the restaurants that own them will bring you menus or offer you drinks every half hour. Another option is to go to the nearby beaches of Gumbet or Bitez: Grab a Taxi (15/25 Lira) or go to the bus station and hop on a Dolmus (2/3 Lira). These beaches are much more suited for sunbathing and have actual sand (Bodrum's beach is mostly pebbles, whereas the water at Gumbet & Bitez is very shallow), sunbeds are free of charge and loud music is also there to entertain you. There are several pools with bars that do not charge an entrance fee even if you are not ordering anything. A variety of water sports is offered.

You can also hire a private boat for your own trip around the bay. Make sure all passengers have and wear lifejackets and that there is an emergency oar and kit on board. Taking a mobile phone in a plastic bag is advisable. Try snorkeling (go for good quality glass based goggles and kit available in most shops at around 20 Lira).

  • Aquatica - If you are looking for crazy Day Parties and a unique summer experience then try out this Floating Beach Club. It is located on the sea, in an untouched secluded bay, between Bodrum and Gumbet (access by shuttle boats). This concept offers day parties with international djs, food, drinks, various watersports, and much more. It is open everyday (11AM-8PM) from mid June to mid September.
  • Hamam — Bodrum has a fine hamam, also known as a Turkish Bath, located a few blocks inland from the harbour. Facilities are separated by gender with both sexes enjoying the same hours of operation. It is situated right across the bus terminal.
  • Further afield there are the mud baths to visit. You go down the river on a rickety of chug-chug jump in bit baths of mud and roll around (The fun bit) and then clean off and go home. It’s also easy to go across to Kos or Rhodes for a day or two. When arriving there get a scooter (very dangerous but the best and easiest way to get around). There is of course loads of old architecture to visit around if you like that kind of thing.
  • Windsurfing — There are some good possibilities for windsurfing at nearby Vass. It has a bit of a hippy air to it with lots of hire stands for boards and sails. Some may find there are just tooooo many people around in high season for it to be much fun, especially when there are competitions running.
  • Diving - There are many diving clubs doing daily scuba diving tours all around the region, fees usually include lunch and snacks prepared on boat.
  • Boat Tours - Public boat tours are arranged from almost all the beaches. Alternatively, you can make early reservation with the tour operator of your choice, many tour operators are located in the Bodrum Marina. Boat tours are a good way to explore various beaches surrounding Bodrum, as well as some must see island strands you can't reach by road.
  • Yacht charter in the Aegean Sea. Windward Islands [4], one of the worlds largest yacht charter companies, can take care of all charter requirements, from bareboat to luxury yacht in the Aegean Sea. Operating from different offices worldwide (USA, Spain, UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Caribbean, Hong Kong and Dubai).
  • Rent a car and explore the beauty of Bodrum [5]
  • Take a dolmus from the central bus station(otogar) to the Tropical Camel Beach. It takes approx. 30min. from the bus station to the Camel Beach. You can ride a camel at the camel beach for 10 TL. The sea and the beach is one of the greatest in the Bodrum Peninsula.
  • Tour in the marina and Bodrum Castle, photos with maps [6].
  • Flaka Cruising, Bodrum. Bodrum is known for its old traditional wooden sailing boats, so called gulets. Mainly, there is sailed in the gulf of Gokova and Hirasonu, the Blue Cruise or Blue Voyage as the trip is referd to, is done by motor/engine however there are a few charter companies who sail by windpower, one of them is Flaka Cruising and does offer this service by sailing by wind. Gulets can be chartered for your family gathering or by cabin. In the last case you share the gulet with other guests form around the world.

Food

  • Backpacker Bar & Grill, Ataturk Cad. 37A. 10AM-midnight. This is the only foreign-owned bar in town and serves traditional British food as well as Turkish favorites. It is located one street back from the main tourist strip and so has more of a relaxed feel. midrange.
  • Berk Balik, Cumhuriyet Cad. 167 (directly at the beach promenade near Club Halikarnas),  +90 (252) 313 68 78. Restaurant specialized in fresh fish. The owner and the staff are very friendly and helpful if you are not familiar with the broad variety of fish that is offered. Food is excellent and prices are moderate.
  • Kocadon, Saray Sokak 1 (near to Bodrum Marina),  0252 316 37 05. Bodrum's most elegant restaurant.Situated in an authentic courtyard surrounded by palm trees and banana plants, this 19th century stone house restaurant offers Turkish and international cuisine, seafood and open buffet Turkish mezes.Perfect place for a romantic dinner with classical jazz music and soft candle light.
  • Marina Koftecisi. Bodrum's best kofte(meatball) and meat restaurant. Delicous food,cheap.
  • Sunger Pizza (on the main street Neyzen Tevfik(No:241) in front of Bodrum Marina). Bodrum's famous restaurant specialized in pizza. You can eat delicious pizza with a reasonable price. Main courses are also great. Very crowded ! Don't forget to register your name in waiting list.
  • Terzi Mustafa. Bodrum's best fish restaurant, a bit expensive if Rakı is taken as drink.
  • Urfa Diyarı, Barlar Sokagi (directly at the beach promenade more to the east end),  0252 313 32 45. Offers freshly baked lahmacun and pide at very good prices (lahmacun is just 4 Lira, Pide around 7 Lira). The staff is a bit slow and sometimes unhandy but always friendly and very hospitable. The lahmacun and pide, however, is always delicious and well worth the money.
  • Vira's Restaurant 0252 348 39 92. Situated on Yahsi seafront, very good restaurant with traditional Turkish cuisine, steaks and grills, seafood dishes and pasta/pizza. Try Cokertme Kebabi(Local dish prepared with grilled fillet steak on fried potatoes with a special yogourt and tomato sauce.)

The home of the doner kebap offers more tasty treats, try local delicatessens for flavoursome vegetable, pulses and meat dishes.

Drinks

  • Try Club X on corner of bar street (bouncers at door) which have more sophisticated clients and music is excellent mix of R&B, Dance, Funk and Turkish Pop.
  • Halikarnas. Is the name of the huge, outdoor night club (the largest in the world, they say). It is for the trendy, young euro crowd and is especially busy in the peak season. However, the entry price is extremely expensive, and your stay at the club will generally be shortened by the ridiculous drink prices and the lack of places to sit down.
  • Kuba is a resto-lounge restaurant with an upscale menu.
  • Fink is an open air club, with high prices. Societic
  • Körfez Bar and Adamik are the oldest and most crowded Rock Bars in town. Great playlist, great drink prices.
  • Kule Rock City is a new and another Rock Bar in Bodrum. Beer is €5. Cocktails €10. Smoking is free in some areas. Very crowded. Cannot be entered without a lady partner.
  • Bodrum Marine Club is a club built into a large boat. The boat is a catamaran style, with a glass deck for the dance floor. At night the boat sets out to a point in the harbour where lights have been set into the ocean floor, pointing up. The local fish have learned that this is a good spot to hang out and get scraps thrown overboard, and you can see them swimming along under the dance floor. Watch out for the ticket hawkers set up on the streets in town though, if you arrive before the peak season hits they will go to great lengths to sell you a ticket. Claims of a "special party" that night will be made, often mentioning a big name European DJ like Tiesto. When you get on the boat you'll find it's just an ordinary night, no special party, and especially no Tiesto. If you go back to the ticket stand the next day to confront the person who made the false claims, they'll suddenly forget how to speak English. Continuing to harass them will result in a grudging admission that there was a "schedule change". I don't doubt that this club fills up and has great parties when there are lots of people in town, but if you're there in late March - early June, don't bother.

Shopping

Always haggle for a better (if not half price) deal and go for clothing. Some great quality designer labeled outfits, shoes and trousers (fake or not) are definitely worth the lira being asked.

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