Bodrum – Gümbet Bay (Bodrum Peninsula, Turkey) just after the sunset.
Photo by: bazylek100, Creative Commons

Bodrum is a city in the southwest part of Turkey. It is a Turkish port town formerly called Halicarnassus. It is famous for its resort tourism and yachting activities. It has a rich culture and history as like any other Turkish land. It is the birthplace of Herodotus, the “Father of History.” Its famous landmark is Bodrum Castle made by the Knights Hospitaller in 1402. The term Bodrum in Turkish means basement, dungeon, or cellar. But contrasting to its name Bodrum is a very inviting resort destination. It has beautiful scenic spots and its lively port adds to its vibrant ambiance.

Bodrum has a Mediterranean climate. Mostly summer is hot and humid, while in winter it is mild and usually sunny. Best way to reach Bodrum is through land and air. There are many buses available in going to and from this area. By air, Bodrum has its own international airport which is just 60km away from the main city area.

Accommodations in Bodrum are plenty. But for those who want a quieter stay, the choices are in the east hills and west of the town. For most nights, the loudest outdoor discos are alive near the resort areas. The most famous loud disco in Mediterranean is the Halikarnas.

Bodrum Castle is a must-see. This castle has taken several years to finish. This is one of the world’s best-preserved medieval structures. It has five main towers with different architectural styles. This was done to represent the different nations to whom it was constructed. It has a 180 x 185 meters area and 47.5 meters in height. The view from the castle of the harbor and international marina is quite appealing. It’s open to the public and now houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology. It showcases the interesting Aegean shipwreck remains. It is said to have the biggest collection of its kind.

For a laid-back leisure experience visiting Gumusluk is the perfect idea. It is a fishing port and a protected archaeological site in one. Ample developments are created in this area of Bodrum, but mostly it has preserved its quiet charm. Activities include going to Rabbit Island for a panoramic view, fishing in the pier or play backgammon (tavla) with the locals, relaxing by the natural rock pool at the far end of the bay, or watching the beautiful sunset at a Cafe.

A historical tour wouldn’t be complete in Bodrum if you haven’t gone to the Amphitheatre on the hillside, the Ruins of Mausoleum (one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world), and Myndos Gate in the west area.

Another place to visit is the Windmills of Bodrum. These structures are facing northwest and were built and used during the mid 18th century for flour grinding.

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