Bodrum is one of Turkey’s prettiest and most popular coastal resort towns but it is more than just a sun drenched tourist destination; Bodrum is also a busy port with private yachts, Turkish gulets and cruise ships coming and going over the course of the summer months.
White-washed houses clad the sides of the hills leading down the harbour, where the magnificent Crusader’s Castle stands proudly on a rocky promontory overlooking the marina. This is the heart of Bodrum, where tourists flock to witness the town’s famous nightlife – as much as to experience its impressive history.
In fact, the father of history, Heredotus, was born here during the time that Bodrum was known as ‘Halicarnassos’. The Mausoleum of Halicarnassos was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and it is possible to visit the remains of this monumental tomb today, along with the ‘Myndos Gate’, the antique theatre and the Castle of the Knights of St. John.
It is a good idea to set aside at least an hour to explore the castle, which houses one of the largest museums of underwater archaeology in the world full of interesting artifacts which have been recovered from various ancient ship wrecks.
Stay overnight in Bodrum for the opportunity to gain a better appreciation of this most colorful and cosmopolitan of Turkish towns, with its endless array of shops, bars, clubs and restaurants. For party-goers, Bodrum hosts one of the largest outdoor discos in the world, the Halikarnassus.