Some places need little introduction and Bodrum is one of them. This Turkish seaside resort captivates many visitors every year, whether they come for the beach, the many boutiques in the old city centre, the rousing nightlife or one of the seven wonders of the world: the mausoleum at Halicarnassus.
One thousand and one nights
The water is crystal blue and the marina is lined with luxury yachts. Strolling along the promenade, there is always something to do and especially to see. The beach awaits but terraces also abound. The historical centre offers a relaxed alternative for those who wish to get moving. It is a tangle of little streets that exude the atmosphere of ‘One Thousand and One Nights’. In the small shops you can buy souvenirs, after the usual haggle, for next to nothing. And after a Turkish snack and a glass of raki it is time to explore the nightlife. The possibilities seem endless; relaxed garden cafes, jazz clubs with live music and big (open air) nightclubs offer something for everyone.
Culturally, Bodrum has plenty to offer as well: there are several medieval monuments such as an antique theatre, the striking Myndos Gate and the historical Saint Peter’s Castle. This castle is not just interesting as a building but also houses a museum with many archaeological treasures. The cultural-historical highlight of Bodrum, however, is the tomb of the Persian king Mausolus, which was proclaimed a wonder of the world for good reason.
Diving and snorkelling in Bodrum
Bodrum is situated on a peninsula with many caves, bays and rock formations in the area. Divers and snorkelers make grateful use of these because the underwater life is worthwhile. But... that actually applies to Bodrum as a whole.