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Bodrum is a stunning coastal city located in southwestern Turkey, overlooking the Aegean Sea. It is renowned for its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and rich cultural heritage. The city has a long and fascinating history, having been founded by the ancient Greeks and subsequently inhabited by the Romans, Ottomans, and various other civilizations. In addition to its rich cultural heritage, charming villages, and diverse attractions, Bodrum also offers a wide range of activities and attractions, such as water sports, boat tours, and shopping.
Things to see and do in Bodrum
- Explore the impressive Castle of St. Peter, built by the Knights Hospitaller in the 15th century, that now houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which showcases artefacts from ancient shipwrecks and exhibits on the history of Bodrum.
- Visit one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, a tomb and monument of incredible grandeur.
- A couple of streets up from the mausoleum site, check out the Greek-style theatre, Theatre of Halicarnassus, that was constructed during the reign of Mausolus in the 4th century BCE and later enlarged by the Romans in the 2nd century CE.
- Explore the Bodrum town, filled with white buildings and bougainvillaea and visit the Bodrum amphitheatre for some live music or shop from the maze-like markets of the town.
- Whether you're looking for a quiet spot to sunbathe or a lively beach atmosphere, Bodrum is home to some of Turkey's most stunning beaches, such as Gumbet Beach, Bitez Beach, and Yalikavak Beach.
- Take a trip on private yachts or ferries around the peninsula and visit all the beaches of Bodrum and visit the Greek Island of Kos or other small islands around Bodrum.
- Bodrum is home to several markets, such as the Bodrum Bazaar and the Tuesday Market, where you can find everything from fresh produce and spices to traditional Turkish textiles and handicrafts.
Tips for travellers
Bodrum has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. Summers can be very hot, so pack light and breathable clothing. Bodrum is renowned for its delicious Turkish cuisine, with many restaurants and cafes serving up local specialities such as kebabs, meze platters, and fresh seafood.