Bodrum's harbourfront and marina are full of hustle and bustle with bracing sea breezes to counteract the hot sun, The boats are packed tightly like sardines and a sea of masts and red flags sway in the wind. From luxury yachts to small speedboat, every conceivable type of craft is here but mostly it's the gorgeous wooden Turkish gulets, used for cruises up and down the coast. These are really magnificent, full of gleaming polished wood and smart navy awnings and having a trip on one, however short,is an absolute must. Round the corner are the ferries and hydrofoils for Kos and Rhodes and you can buy tickets from several places along the pier.
This is an ideal place to stop for a drink and soak up the atmosphere. It's also a good place to shop around and compare prices for boat trips. Prices vary along with destinations but most of them go to some of the neighbouring islands and make several stops for swimming.
Favorite thing: Apart from the castle and its museum, there's not a lot to see in the centre of Bodrum. The whole place is dominated by shopping streets and endless displays of souvenirs and fake designer clothes. These streets are very picturesque , many of them 'roofed' by thick growths of vine trailing from overhead supports, but shopping ( for me anyhow ) has a very limited appeal. There is a very laid back vibe though and little snacks of freshly squeezed orange juice and tasty bread rolls from street vendors, add to the enjoyment. The first day you come, you'll find this area charming , especially the little connecting squares, filled with bars and cafes but once is definitely enough for this side of the town. For further interest, carry on to the marina or break away from the pedestrianised area in search of something more stimulating.
A king sat on the rocky brow
Which looks o'er sea-born Salamis;
And ships, by thousands, lay below,
And men in nations--all were his!
He counted them at break of day--
And when the sun set, where were they?
By Lord Byron
There are a couple of pensions by the sea, not really comfortable, not really luxury but they have great view and the sunset looks beautiful from their balconies.
Gumusluk is quite peaceful place. There is no crazy nights or bars or etc. But there are good restaurants by the sea or on top of a hill. If you like to spend a few days and live your day slowly, Gumusluk might be your place.
Do not forget to discover the glorious past of Bodrum. Today only a few monument remained. But you can organize mini tours to Catle of St. Peter, Myndos Gate and Ancient Theater. Especialy looking to Bodrum from Ancient Theatre is considered as a classic...
Fondest memory: Its unique architecture and warm people. I can never find an atmosphere like that.
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.
Fondest memory: 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.
Bodrum is good for spending one's time at the seaside. But if you need tranquility, this place is not for you.
The best features: astonishingly clear water (much better than near Antalya), has the most popular disco in Turkey (Halicarnos), very live town which is full of young tourists during August/September
Sightseeing: the main thing to see is St. Peter castle, you won't miss it, it's Bodrums heart; ancient theatre; ancient Halikarnasus; tombs; bazaar or trading street (goes along the sea); windmills on the hill which separates Bodrum and Gumbet, all the other things you could find :)))
Fondest memory: Click on the map to enlarge
Favorite thing: Bodrum is a sea-side town and a lot of people go here every year. Here you will find plenty of shops, restaurants and bars.