Bodrum is a popular vacation spot on a peninsula with its castle, white houses on the shore, narrow streets, gumbets, yachts and shipyards which are famous all around the world.
Bodrum, or known as Halicarnassos in history, is a vacation center, where the sun, the sea, the nature and the legends engage with each other. As understood from the remains in Bodrum Museum, hosting many civilization in its history going back to 3000 B.C., Bodrum is also the place where Herodotus who is known as the father of history was born in 484 B.C.
The one who gave Halicarnassos its name is the king of Karia, Mausolus (377-354 B.C.). The mausoleum which was built by his sister Princess Artemissia who happens to be his wife at the same time, would be pointed as the seven wonders of the world by historians after years. (Two of the seven wonders are in Turkey: Halicarnassos Mausoleum, Bodrum; Temple of Arthemis, Efes). Another important period of Bodrum is the period of Cavaliers of Rhodes. Today's Bodrum Castle, built in the name of St. Peter in 1408, still stands solid and shelters one of the most important museums of the world, The Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology.
As for the recent era, we should mention of the fisherman of Halicarnassos, Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı. Exiled by the court to Bodrum, which was a fishing village at the moment, Cevat Şakir stayed in Bodrum for 25 years, and Turkey listened Bodrum and its stories from him. The fisherman of Halicarnassos now lies in his beloved Bodrum, on the hill behind gümbet, in Saldırşah district. Shortly, Bodrum which has seen many sieges and wars from Dors and Carians to Greeks, Mogols and Ottomans, is a vacation center full of history.
You can take a sunbath on the cushions, admire the blue, discover the secrets of underwater world, take long hikes through historical remains, museums, shopping and entertainment centers, or palm trees, find peace in village life, and hug the life tighter while watching the sunset.Location of Bodrum:
Bodrum is a touristic town on the Aegean Sea shore, in the province of Muğla. It is surround by Milas to the east and northeast and the Aegean Sea to the west and south. The town is located on a peninsula between Güllük in north and Gökova Gulf in south.Bodrum General Population: According to 2008 census; Bodrum's general population is 131.707.
Climate of Bodrum:
The climate has features of both Aegean and Mediterranean. As a peninsula it shows features of microclimate zone. There is almost no humidity in summer. And it is rather low in winter. Summers are warm and dry, winters are mild and rainy.
Sources of income of Bodrum:
Bodrum Folk earn their keep by shipcrafting, agriculture, rug and carpet weaving and tourism.
Must See Places in Bodrum:
Myndos Gate and Roman Tombs
Villa of Rome
Mustafa Paşa Mosque
Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archeology
Hacı Molla Tavern
Bodrum Special House
Tavşanburnu Thermal Spring
Karaada Thermal Spring
Bays and ThicketsHave to Do Things in Bodrum:
You are in the right address if you are interested in the deeps of blue world. You can discover the underwater life by taking a diving lesson or using a mask, a snorkel and a paddle on the shores. Some of the places you can reach the depths are; Karaada, Oraklar, Akyarlar, Turgutreis and Yalıkavak.
Bodrum Castle, Museum of Underwater Archeology, the mausoleum and antique theatre are the must-see places. Akyarlar, Asarlık, Bardakçı, Bitez, Ören, Göltürkbükü, Gümbet, Gümüşlük, Gündoğan, Güvercinlik, Kadıkalesi, Karaincir, Ortakent Yahşi, Torba, Turgutreis, Yalıçiftlik ve Yalıkavak, whic are inspring with their natural beauties, must be enjoyed.
You should shop and wander on the Bars Street. Cumhuriyet Street which is known as Bars Street is the heart of Bodrum. You can see shop windows where all kind of product the town presents are displayed. Many of the boutique shops serve you the special products, inspired of local designs.
You should definitely taste the stuffed squash blossoms, bergamot jam, plum, baklava from Gölköy, pies, famous apple pie with crème de menthe, and delicious seafood.
Historical Places of Bodrum:Tomb of Maussollos, MAUSSOLLEION: The mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is in Bodrum. Or, we should have said was in Bodrum. It is estimated that this structure which was destructed in 1303 in an earthquake, was built in 12th Century B.C. Today, there is only a drawing of the place, based on narrations of Plinius. Conquest Cars were located on the top of this wonder, which looked like a pyramid.
Antique Theatre: It is a popular place especially in summer. You can enjoy it while feeling the history in your guts, and watching the great view. In the Bodrum Theatre which has 4.000 person capacity, different roads and chambers have been found recently.
Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archeology: Bodrum is an important center for the people who enjoy alternative sports with its clear sea and underwater life waiting to be discovered. But the underwater life here is not just fishes and weeds. History lying on the bottom of the sea surfaces in Bodrum. This museum, which is located in the Bodrum Castle, was opened in 1964, and it is the first and the only underwater museum of the world and Turkey. Without a doubt, the most interesting part of the museum is the one where three different sunken ships are displayed.
Bodrum Castle: One of the things shaping up Bodrum is the castle which can be seen from all directions. Don't miss the chance of seeing the inside of the castle! The Castle has been standing since 15th century. It has witnessed years, different cultures, wars. The Castle, built by St. Jean Cavaliers, is formed of 3 ramparts and 5 towers. The church within was turned into a mosque in 1525, and took its current form in 1895 when a bathhouse was built in it.
Myndos Gate and Roman Tombs Villa of Rome Ottoman Shipyard Boz Castle Mustafa Paşa Mosque Tepecik Mosque Adliye Mosque Castle Bathhouse Hacı Molla Tavern Bodrum Domes Bodrum Windmills and The special houses of Bodrum typical to Turkish architecture
How to go to Bodrum:
Highway: Bodrum can be reached from all of the cities of Turkey by regular services. Bus terminal is in the city center.
Terminal Tel: (+90-252) 316 26 37 Seaway: There are regular ferry services to Greek Islands, Istankoy (Cos) and Rhodes. There are sea connections to Datça (Knidos), Didim and Dalyan from Bodrum. The departure and arrival points of ferry and sea bus services are at the Main Port.
Bodrum Ferry Agency: (+90-252) 316 08 82Bodrum Express (Sea Bus) (+90-252) 316 10 87 Airway: Bodrum-Milas Airport is 30km away to city center. It can be reached by THY shuttles, taxis and minibuses. www.thy.com.trAirport Tel: (+90-252) 523 01 01 Food Culture of Bodrum:
It is possible to eat all kind of food in Bodrum. It has a gret variety in restaurants from burger and kebab shops to home cooking places. But the seafood in town is a must-eat choice. You should definitely taste the stuffed squash blossoms, bergamot jam, plum, baklava from Gölköy, pies, famous apple pie with crème de menthe, and delicious seafood.
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