Where the people love...
The theater is located on the Bodrum - Turgutreis road. The 13,000 person theater was excavated by a team headed by Prof. Ümit Serdaroðlu. The stage area has been uncovered and the seats have been restored.
Above the theater on the slope are graves that belong to the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
Located west of the city, it is one of the entrances to the city of Halikarnassos. The Myndos Door consisted of two monumental towers and an inner courtyard at the gate that lead to the city. The first stage in the restoration of the walls and towers to the north of the city was completed in 1999.
Çýfýt Castle (Aspat)
Built on a rocky outcrop in the southwestern portion of the peninsula close to Baðla cove, it contains artifacts from a number of different civilizations.
The ancient cities on the peninsula are Myndos (Gümüþlük), Termena (Akçaalan) Telmisos (Gürece), Kadýyanda (Aþaðýgöl) and Theangela (Etrin).
Located on the Yataðan - Milas highway, the ruins in the village of Eskihisar contains a very rich collection of artifacts from the Caria, Roman and Byzantine eras.
Lagina The temple of Hecate can be reached by following the dirt road (9 km) leading to Turgut. Excavations have shown that this city, once an important center of the Caria kingdom, has been inhabited since the Early Bronze Age.
Sedir Adeun (Kedreae)
One of the most eminent ruins of the region with its rich history and natural beauty, Sedir Island can be reached by boat either from Gökova - Akyaka or Çamlýköy. The ruins which one would want to see first are the Temple of Apollo, the theater, and the ancient harbor. The famous Cleopatra beach is here as well.
Cisterns built by the Ottomans and known as "Gümbet" can be seen all over the peninsula. They were built by the wealthy citizens who named the cisterns after themselves. Bodrum Castle (Saint Petrum)
Built by the Knights of Rhodes in the 15th century and dedicated to St. Peter, the castle took 99 years to be finished. It is built on Zephyrion island, the original site of the city of Halikarnassos.Stones and reliefs from the Mausoleum of King Mausolos were used in its construction. There are 5 towers in this castle, all of which have a name: French, English, Italian, German and Snake towers. The castle covers approximately 30,000 sq. meters.
Mustafa Paþa Mosque
Upon his arrival to Bodrum to construct a dockyard, Mustafa Paþa from the Kýzýlhisar,made this mosque built. (1723).
It was constructed by Hamam Aða, the steward of Mustafa Paþa.
It was built in 1901 through the means of the monatery fund provided by the amount gathered among the public and given by Abdulhamit II.
Þaldýrþah Horasani Tomb, Kubbeli Tomb, Mustafa Paþa and Mustafa Paþa Tomb including the graves of Kaptan-ý Derya Cafer Paþa and Koyunbaba Tomb are worth to see.
Tea is national drink of Turkish people. They drink tea daily in their lives both in breakfast and in evening. Turkish people are famous in hospitality and enjoy to serve tea to their guests. About 160.000 tons of black tea are consumed in Turkey every year.
Choking with foam at the disco
Before I went to Bodrum I had heard much about Halikarnas Disco from the friends who'd already been there... and I was really curious. Well it was worth the wait! On Friday and Saturday nights they have Foam Parties and it's totally awesome. First they have live music with DJs and singers from all over the world and then the crazyness begins :))) They start shooting foam from all over the stage and if you are really close to the stage, you will choke like I did! I had to swim thru the foam to get to the bar so I could clean my face and eyes ;-) But the music was totally cool and the crowd was great - I got to meet some cool people there... Oh yeah and the entrance is $25 per person on the weekends. Make sure you don't take with you a camera or any other stuff that will get damaged by the foam. Don't worry, there will be a photographer there who can take your picture in the foam and then sell it to you at the exit for $5 or $10 a photo (I don't remember exactly). Anyway, do not wear your expensive clothes or black shoes - the foam will leave its marks ;-)
Try a Dolmus!!
Bodrum has a large bus station and here you will find a great number of Dolmus. The Dolmus are mini buses that travel along set routes around the resort and between Bodrum and other resorts on the peninsula. Dolmus are found in other parts of Turkey's coast.
Dolmus means "stuffed" or "filled" and that is the whole point - the bus will squeeze in as many customers as there is room for. The fare is very cheap, amounting to £1 or less and is paid to the driver during the journey. You should try to have the exact change or use a small YTL note as it causes the driver hasle to sort out your change!! The Dolmus will have a sign in the window telling you it's designated route or final destination.
You can usually hail the Dolmus, taxi style (thsi is most common) and sometimes it has designated stops just like a normal bus - the advantage being that the Dolmus can get in and out of the narrow streets that an ordinary bus can't. The same applies to getting off - you can either ask the driver to stop (shout "Stop Please" - Dur Lutfen) and he will where it is safe or they will stop at the set bus stops.
This bus service is a really cheap way to get to Gumbet from Bodrum (taxis have gotten more expensive in the last 3 years). If you do not mind sharing your body space with plenty of people then you should try a Dolmus just for the experience!!
A taste of Ireland in the middle of Gumbet!
This Irish/Turkish restaurant is a jewel in an otherwise fast food crown in Gumbet. It serves top quality food but the downside is that you do pay for the pleasure - it is fairly expensive compared with the other food options available locally. It is managed by the wife of a local dignitary (the same family run Murphy's Bar opposite the restaurant). The restaurant is spotless and spacious - it is very popular (especially with Irish people on holiday!) and on one visit we had to wait to be seated but the food made this OK (and we would wait at home for a good restaurant). The ambience is quite unlike other Turkish restaurants and it does have a European feel to it. The waiter service is excellent and shows they have been well trained.
The food itself is exceptionally good quality and so tasty - their potatoes are to die for!! The portions are large and filling (except the previously mentioned potatoes that are so moorish you will want more of them!). Side orders and starters are lovely and the time between courses is just right to allow th efood to go down without you getting bloated. There is an extensive wine menu and the usual Efes to accompany your meal. The meal is not cheap by Turkish standards but is worth every Kurus!