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The name Bodrum has changed many times over the years. The city was initially called Halikarnassus by the satrap Mausollos. After his death – in 352 BC – he was buried in the mausoleum, which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Halikarnassos eventually became Petronion, which then became Bodrum in Turkish. In the 1920's, Bodrum was so remote that it was used as a place of exile. Perhaps this is why the city attracted artists and bohemians, and in the 1970’s, Bodrum developed into "Turkey’s St. Tropez," with a busy entertainment and night life. Numerous Turkish celebrities own holiday apartments throughout the city. The city centre is small and easy to navigate, and most attractions are within walking distance. The city’s main street runs parallel with the coast, and the sea is never far away in Bodrum. Even though Bodrum has developed into a jet-set favorite, it’s easy for the “ordinary” tourist to wander through the wonderful nature and find the popular sights in the city and get excited by the sheer abundance of history on display.
Bodrum is an intriguing vacation spot, boasting everything from highly interesting historical sights to beachfront relaxation spots for the sun thirsty. The close proximity to the Aegean sea provides ample opportunities to explore the waters, the reefs and caves, whereas the fascinating ruins of the ancient city of Halikarnassus still enchants travelers with its rich history and magical charm.
Bathed by the Aegean Sea, Bodrum boasts a culinary history deeply intertwined with fishermen´s traditions and a blend of Eastern and Western influences. In addition, the peninsula where the city rises flourishes with a wealth of flora, donating to the local cuisine an extra touch of wild herbs and traditional spices. The quaint Neyzen Tevfik Street, encloses the port in an abundance of restaurants and bars where to tuck in. Mostly serving traditional Turkish cuisine, they offer a great glimpse into the city´s ´gourmand´s favorites which normally includes a perfectly spiced main course of meat or fish, and a side of bread which is unavoidable at a Turkish table.
The tea culture in Bodrum, as anywhere else in the exotic Turkey, dates back to hundreds years ago and permeates the lifestyle of the hearty Turks. Seen as a symbol of hospitality, it is regarded as part of the country´s cultural heritage. Turks love sitting in cafés, especially shady outdoor courtyards, while sipping a cup of sweet herbal or apple tea. Baklava, made of layers of pastry filled with nuts and pistachios, is one of the most traditional sweets, accompanying perfectly the unmissable ritual of the cuppa.
Let your feet dangling (almost) in water at one of the numerous seafront bars down Cumhuriyet Caddesi, the vibrant heart of the city´s nightlife, or dance your way through the Turkish club scene at one of the establishments sparsely located in town - the idle port city of Bodrum transforms itself into a feast for party animals, seeing an abundance of bars and clubs to suit all party-cravings.
A most-coveted travel-resort, Bodrum sees its face changing and transforming the once remote fishing village into an exclusive destination. Providing more than just awe-inspiring spectacles of its ancient past, the city caters to shopping lovers´ desires, lending a much-needed retail counterpoint to all that earnest sightseeing. Bunches of upscale boutiques rise up nearby the luxurious marina, while shopping malls, a relatively young concept in Turkey, pop up sparsely throughout the city. The sheer abundance of shops might seem satisfying enough, but true bargains lie in its rich market scene, a treasure trove of goods waiting to be discovered. "Pazar", the open market, is where your haggling skills can be tested and it is a quite common establishment in Turkey. Flea markets, clothing pazars or vegetables and fruit stalls - Bodrum is a consumer paradise.
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