The Mausoleum of Halicarnassis is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world still around. Few know what the mausoleum really looked like, but it is believed that the famous sculptor, Skopas, was responsible for parts of the decoration, but it was certainly extravagant. Today, the visitor can only see the remains of the building’s walls, as it was destroyed by earthquakes.
You do not need to be interested in ancient ruins to take a trip to an archaeological site. En route, you will experience the countryside and the journey will take you through small towns and villages that you would otherwise miss. A few kilometers from the holiday resort of Altinkum, in Yenihisar, lies Didyma, a great temple to Apollo. Didyma was a religious site and the oracle there was as famous as the oracle of Delphi. The temple was destroyed by the Persians around 400 BC, and the existing ruins date from Roman times. The remains of 120 columns give an indication of the size of the temple.
This excavation is almost as remarkable as Pompeii, Italy. Ancient Ephesus had around 400,000 inhabitants. The first town was built around the temple of Artemis – another of the ancient worlds’ seven wonders. The ruins visible today are from the Roman era. The remains of the Temple of Artemis are outside the ruin area. On the hill above stands the cathedral of St John, where the evangelist is buried. St John is believed to have lived in Ephesus together with the Virgin Mary.
Bodrum harbor is full of gulets – traditional boats – that take visitors on trips along the beautiful coastline. They are comfortable vessels with large rear decks and good cabins. You can choose between day trips or longer ones and the captain is usually the cook. You can also rent a sailing boat with a crew or take a bathing boat to one of the picturesque beaches. There are small shady bays everywhere throughout the peninsula.
The beaches of the Bodrum peninsula are excellent for diving and snorkelling, bathing boats or dolmus can take you to most of them. Bagla (14 km from Bodrum), on the south coast, has fine sandy beaches, but windsurfers usually prefer Gümbet (about 3 km west of Bodrum). On the west coast, you can find good beaches at Akyar, Turgutreis, Gümuslük and Yalikavak. These are all small villages with fish restaurants and popular anchorages for sailors. In Karaada bay, there are caves with hot water springs.
A most-loved among tourists and locals, Camel Beach is a little gem nestled between Ortakent and Yahsi. Renowned for its crystal water and the numerous camels you find throughout, it also boasts some great eateries. The best way to get here is certainly by boat, as it might be tricky to reach if not familiar with the area.
A 40 minutes-ride away from Bodrum, Rabbit Island lies between the two beaches of Gümüşlük and it conceals the ruins of the ancient city of Myndos. The swallow water permits to walk from the mainland to the picturesque island which, as the name suggests, houses a few fluffy bunnies.
Beautifully located high up on a hill, the 18th century stone-made windmills will take you back in time, when the constructions were used to produce flour. White-washed and extremely fascinating, they offer a great destination for walk lovers and an enchanting view of the city.
Everything starts and ends at Bodrum Port, a place where colourful cruises, yachts and gulets create a relaxing show that is a feast for the eyes. As Bodrum is not a beach resort, it offers a perfect spot from where to start a boat trip. Pop in one of the restaurants nearby, the seafood is the freshest in town.
One of the entrances of the old city of Halicarnassus, Myndos Gate is what is left of the 7 km-long wall that used to enclose the city. Allegedly built in the 4th century BC, its remains are still permeated by history and offer a place where to enjoy stunning views and a pleasant walk.
Highly recommended for its scenic view, the 1 h and 30 minutes long hike to the antique city of Pedasa will fascinate you with its history and the beautiful local flora is just a pleasant sight. These are some of the reasons that make the remains of the city a major draw for tourists. The numerous vineyards in the area contributes in creating a spectacular view.
A tradition dating back centuries ago, before the Turks reached Anatolia: the Hamam (Turkish Bath) has become a ritual bound tightly to Islam and it´s deeply-rooted into the Turkish culture. As everywhere throughout the country, Bodrum features a great array of Hamams, most of them located in hotels. The Tarihi Bardakci Hamam is the oldest Bath in town, representing an authentic Hamam experience.
The Museum of Underwater Archeology is a lively, award-winning museum with several departments, that is definitely worth spending a few hours in. Exhibits include a shipwreck from 1400 BC, which is very unique. Don´t miss out the fine collection of amphorae.
An upscale restaurant located at Bodrum Marina, the Marina Yacht Club boasts an Italian-inspired menu with a sophisticated touch. The atmospheric setting along with an unrivaled location that overlooks the port, create the ideal atmosphere for an elegant dining experience.
La Pasión is an excellent Spanish restaurant in Bodrum, serving all the signature dishes of Spain such as paella and traditional tapas. The restaurant is situated in a historic courtyard with colorful tables among lush fig trees, in a vibrant atmosphere that mixes fresh ingredients and an impeccable service.
Perfectly located on the coastline, Ox Wine & Burger Bar boasts a laid back atmosphere and an excellent service. Serving delicious burgers, salads, steaks and a good selection of nibbles, it is the place to be to enjoy a glass of wine and breath in the fresh marine breeze.
Located on Neyzen Tevfik, the picturesque street that encloses the Bodrum Marina, Red Dragon is one of the best Chinese restaurants in town. The beautiful interiors and the typical Asian atmosphere will take you to the magnificent Dragon´s Country through a great selection of Cantonese delicacies.
Craving for a pizza? Sunger has indeed what you´re looking for, going far beyond. Renowned for its Italian delicacies, it also donates its peculiar touch to Turkish dishes, recreating them perfectly in an informal ambiance with a laid-back attitude. The roof-terrace is a must-see.
Mamedof Fish Restaurant over the years has mastered its skills in cooking seafood dishes, recreating a sophisticated yet unrefined cuisine, deeply influenced by Mediterranean culinary traditions. The elegant terrace overlooks the Aegean Sea, defining a new level of uniqueness, where the dining experience is enhanced by the sound of twittering seagulls and the scent of seaweed.
An open-air bazaar that houses both local and international stores, Oasis Shopping center satisfy any fashion cravings. Featuring a good variety of restaurants along with a bowling alley and a kids playground, it certainly is a perfect way to spend an afternoon of shopping.
Bodrum shopping´s scene is entirely dedicated to fruit and vegetables on both Thursday and Friday, when the city holds one of the richest food market in the peninsula. Products are fresh and grown locally thanks to the warm Anatolian weather, ranging from wild herbs to oranges and mushrooms.
The textile market is a feast for the eyes, colouring itself with warm shades and different fabrics. Numerous materials, carpets, local clothes and fake international brands: the real Turkish market experience is a must-do in Bodrum and, even if you don´t intend to buy anything, there is always something to browse at.
The bustling heart of the city, the pedestrian area near Bodrum Castle houses a great variety of shops and stalls, in a quaint district where anything can be found. Knickknacks and souvenirs, art and crafts, clothing and fabrics: the shopping area within the old town is where to be headed for a great glimpse into Turkey´s bazaars.
Featuring national and international brands, the Avenue Bodrum is a favourite among locals and tourists. The peculiarity of the mall is the diversity of the shops, suitable for everyone´s budget. As well as clothing shops, it is a perfect destination for a great dining experience.
Milas-Bodrum was built in 1997 and lies 36 km east of Bodrum. It is used by both regular and chartered flights. To get to Bodrum city centre you can either take a taxi or the airport bus which is called Havas Airport Bus. The journey from the airport to Bodrum bus station takes approxiamtely 1 hour. For more information regarding Havas bus service, check www.havas.net/bodrum. If you are looking for a taxi, plentiful choices are offered at the international and Domestic arrivals.
Taxi cabs are yellow with taxi signs on the roof. They have meters with two different rates: from midnight till 6am it can be up to 50% more expensive than during daytime. The main taxi rank is at Bodrum bus terminal, located only 10 minutes from the castle, but you can hail taxis anywhere in town. Azmakbasi Taxi: +90 252 316 2883 115/A Kumbahçe mahallesi Cumhuriyet caddesi. Ahmet´s Taxi Güllük - Milas - Bodrum:: +90 535 244 0355 Ahmet Bozan, Güllük (Milas)
Turkish post offices can be recognized by the PTT-symbol in yellow and black and the main post office is called Merkez Postanesi. The big post offices are open 8am - midnight Monday to Saturday and 9am-7pm on Sundays and the smaller offices from 8.30am -12.30pm and from 1.30pm – 5.30pm and may be closed at weekends. They are normally currency exchange points. PTT: 3, Cevat Şakir Caddesi, Bodrum +90 252 316 1212 Ptt-konacık Şubesi: 1 Merkez Mh. Ipekyolu Cad. Ferah Sok., +90 252 319 0302
Pharmacies are called Eczane in Turkish and have a big E sign hanging on the storefront. The general opening hours are 9am - 7pm on weekdays and Saturdays but there is always one pharmacy open on Sundays and nighttime. A sign on the pharmacy´s front door indicates the address and telephone number of the pharmacy on duty. KIVANÇ Eczanesi 9/B, Dr. Mumtaz Ataman Cad., Bodrum +90 31 31 075 Mete Eczanesi 193/A Akyarlar Koyu Ataturk Cad., Bodrum +90 39 36 855