Bodrum Turkey was previously known as Halicarnassus of Caria, an ancient Greek city. It is a district and port city in Mugla province in the South Western Aegean region of the Country.
The Mausoleum of Mausolus overlooked the harbour; it was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Mausolus was a Carian ruler in the 3rd Century BC. The Castle of St. Peter was built in the 15th Century on its former site by the Knights Hospitaller using the remains of the Mausoleum after it had been destroyed by an earthquake. This is a great example of late crusader architecture in the East Mediterranean. In the grounds you can find the Museum of Underwater Archaeology. The amphitheatre and castle holds cultural events and concerts throughout the year.
Bodrum is a very interesting place to visit with its contrast of ancient city and modern day life. Up until the 1960s it was a quiet fishing village; now it is better known and its popularity has grown with Turks and tourists alike. People who visit enjoy the combination of ancient past alongside the typical tourist paraphernalia.
To the East you can find a long man made beach which is lined with restaurants, bars and night clubs for the young at heart who enjoy the likes of foam parties and loud music. To the West you will find the Marina and Yacht club where life is more quiet and relaxed. Shops and supermarkets are catering to those who are docking at the marina so can be slightly more expensive.
Karakaya Village is home to windmills dating back to the 18th century, this is one of the oldest settlements in the peninsular; it has been here for around 300 years. The windmills can be seen on a short drive out of Bodrum to the far west of Bodrum Peninsula.
Bodrum is famous for its traditional wooden sailing boats (gulet) which sail on the Gulf of Gokova and Hirasonu and are known as Blue Cruises. One of the highlights of any trip to Bodrum Turkey is to board a ship to cruise the crystal blue seas. Swimming and diving are extremely popular and gulets will anchor to allow their passengers to do both. Others may be happy to stay on board and perhaps even fish for dinner for themselves and the rest of the passengers. Visit all Blue cruise Bodrum routes.