Bodrum – Jewel of the Aegean

WITH glorious sunshine, a lively, friendly atmosphere and stunning natural coastline, Turkey is a wonderful place to visit. A place where traditional and modern life go hand in hand.

With its intense nightlife, beautiful beaches, historical sites, quality hotels and holiday villages, Bodrum is one of the most popular and busiest holiday resorts on Turkey’s Aegean coast. It is also an international centre for yachting.

Whether you are visiting Bodrum to relax and top up your tan or you want to take advantage of the brilliant watersports or historical wonders, Bodrum is a perfect holiday destination.

The Bodrum of today has risen from the site of the ancient city of Halicarnassus, which was the capital of the kingdom of Caria. Many familiar historical figures from classic Greek mythology hailed from Halicarnassus.

Places to visit

Bodrum Castle of St Peter

Built between 1402 and 1522, the town’s most visible monument is built over 30,000 square feet in Bodrum harbour. One of the best preserved monuments in the world, its origins go back to the Knights of St. John, who constructed the castle using parts of the ruined Mausoleum. It originally served as a military stronghold, and in later years saw life as a prison, but today the castle houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which was established in 1962. This fascinating museum takes you on a journey through the rise and demise of the ancient mariners who met their fate on the Anatolian shores.

The Mausoleum

Built by Artemisia II in honour of her husband Mausollos, the Mausoleum is Bodrum’s oldest significant historical site. It overlooked the city for nearly 16 centuries before being destroyed in an earthquake. Its ruins were then further broken up to use in the construction of the nearby castle. A masterpiece of architecture, it was hailed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Although little remains of the mausoleum today, the site pays homage to this monumental structure which in its prime stood over 50 metres high.

Bodrum Amphitheatre

Dating back to the 4th Century B.C., it is located on the Bodrum to Gumbet road. Carved out of the hillside surrounding Bodrum, it provides a panoramic view of the city and beyond. With an original seating capacity of around 13,000, the theatre consists of three distinct sections; the stage, the orchestra seating (in a half oval) and the audience seating. It is still possible to see inscriptions of names on some of the seating acknowledging the original patrons of the theatre. This remarkably well preserved site is still in use during the high season for outdoor concerts and shows.

Nightlife

Bodrum offers great nightlife with its numerous bars, clubs, nightclubs and shows. Most of the night-time activities in Bodrum take place on the mile-long Bodrum Bar Street (Cumhuriyet Street), which runs along the seafront from the castle. It is also a great opportunity to try some of the local culture by having a Turkish Raki drink.

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