Entry Visas For Turkey
Check out the entry requirements before you head to Turkey. Visas vary between countries as does the amount of time the visa allows you to stay. UK passport holders are issued with a 3 month multiple entry visa. It will be issued as soon as you get off the plane and enter the terminal building - you will gp through passport control before you go to collect your bags. The visa is a sticker that is put inside your passport and stamped. It will be restamped when you leave Turkey. The cost of the visa varies too. UK passport holders pay £10 and it must be a £10 note as no change will be given and £5 notes are not accepted. Irish pasprot holders pay 10 euros and US passport holders pay $20. Should you wish to return during the 3 month duration it will be checked and restamped - no further money is payable.
Village Life - Etrim Village - Bodrum
We booked this trip with our holiday rep Murat (he was surprised that three young girls would spare a days partying in Bodrum for a little culture!!! cheeky). It cost us £8 each and lasted from 5pm until 10:30pm, we drove for 1 hr outside of Gumbet until we reached a traditional Turkish village, this one was called Etrim, and once we were there we visited a mosque and the oldest house in the village (approx 160 years old?? i think). We were introduced to an old married couple, the woman taught us how to weave a Turkish carpet, another lady showed us how to spin yarn from wool (yes women do a lot of hard work in this country!). Anyway we ended the evening by sitting down to lovely traditional meal served with freshly baked local bread with a glass of wine and watched as the sun went down, soon after we made our way back to the hotel. AND THEN WE WENT OUT AND PARTIED!!!
Open Air Party!! Maybe!
Halikarnas is nearly 30 years old and offers a unique clubbing experience - but it is one that you do pay for!! This club will soon be comparable with the big Cyprus clubs for collossal admission fees. Only you will be able to decide whether the price is worth it.
The club has themed nights such as ladies night, foam night, free vodka night, Turkish pop night etc. The price differs depending on the event and some entrance fees include local drinks thrown in, for example ladies night is usually half price.
The club also hosts some international DJ's and on these nights the price can go well above 45 YTL - last year Liberty X did a gig and it was about 60 YTL!! Average price is 35 YTL. The club has dancers and entertainment including a resident DJ but I felt it was lots of hype for the money. Many boat trip organisers wil also try to sell you tickets for the club but the club hasn't played to full capacity every night for a while so buy your ticket when you get there.
Having been once I can say I've done it but I wouldn't be bothered going back, there is plenty of entertainment in the town or the lively Gumbet for me, however I would say to try it once it is an experience! Smart clothes only on most nights but there is foam night to contend with!!
You will be told on the door if your clothing isn't "special" enough
This was a Lovely little restaurant overlooking the castle of St Peter, the only prob is i just can't remember the damn name of it, i know it was on the left about 50 yards past Mc donalds which was on the right, they had a huge display of fresh fish outside the restaurant, and you had to go through an impressive hall which led out outside to a decking area which had great views of the sea and the castle, i hope you can find it ? oh if you look for a giant plastic fish which is outside the restaurant then this is the place I have found in Turkey especially the tourist towns and citys that its getting harder and harder to find a restaurant that sells traditional Turkish mezes (cold mixed plates) thats why i was happy when we found this restaurant, they came round the table with a lovely display of mezes to which you picked out the ones you would like to try, this was delicious. I also had sea bream which was perfectly cooked. I will add one moan though, why oh why do the Turkish think that everything has to be served with chips or rice hehehehehehehe, whats up with fresh veg, you can't seem to get it anywhere
The Museum of Underwater Archaeology
The Museum of Underwater Archaeology is in the Castle of St Peter (Sen Piyer Kalesi) and has a fine collection of shipwrecks and items from their cargos.
In the main courtyard there is an exhibition of amphorae from different periods and areas.
In the chapel you can see artefacts from a 7th century Byzantine shipwreck found near Yassiada. There is also a reconstruction of half the ship, which you can climb.
In the Uluburun Wreck Hall you can see one of the oldest shipwrecks of the world (14th century BC) and finds from several Bronze Age Ships.
And then there is the exhibition of the Glass Wreck.
Entrance fee to the castle is 10 000 000 TL (July 2004).
To see the exhibition of the Glass Wreck you have to pay another 4 000 000 TL.