LABRANDA was one 'off the beaten' we visited. It's about 50-60km from Bodrum towards Izmir and about 12km from Milas.
Labranda was a religious center. It was connected with Milas by a sacred road. Labranda also had a sacred pool of fish adorned with earrings and necklaces. These fish were thought capable of making YES or NO prophecies by accepting or refusing food offered to them after question.
Labranda never grew any larger than a village, leaving today's ruins with an intimate atmosphere. Set high on a hill in a grove of pine trees above Milas, Labranda is well worth the bumpy ride required to get there.
In Labranda you can see the foundation of a large Temple of Zeus, as well as a marble building, which may have harbored the sacred fish. Also included are the solid Andron, or men's club, with galls almost 2 meter thick, and a tomb on the hillside above the temple site (worth steep climbing, the view is stunning).
The keeper of the site is a very friendly guy, though he knows a couple of words in English and a couple in German, but he was eager to show us around and helped a lot climbing the steep hill in order to see the tomb. He also offered to buy a small jar of local honey (one can see apiary nearby). We did buy the honey, the taste is delicious!!!
This lake which was between Bodrum and Ephisus is hugh, i beleive its the 4th biggest lake in Turkey and is a spectacular sight
This was a great vantage point to take breathtaking views of the castle and surounding harbour
Here is another photo of this huge lake, you can see the size of it by the land in the distance, it must be 7 miles across at least
This is a veiw from the sea showing Bodrum and Gumbet shorelines with all the white houses built into the hills
We passed Bodrum water park on the way to Turgutreis market and although we never had time to go in it looked a fantastic place to spend the day
This photo was taken from a bus on the way to Turgutreis which is about a twenty min bus ride from Bodrum, the views are superb
wanna swim with the fish? or with the company of an octopus?? you are in the right place... just join a tour group from the marina and enjoy your trip to several bays including aquarium bay...
when you are lost in the narrow streets... then just raise your head and see the roofless white stone bodrum houses... if you like minimal architecture you will like them:)
when you walk just look around and make your way to one of the narrow street just for two people's walking... and then get lost inside and be prepared for miracles....
If your staying in Turgutreis its worth going to Bodrum to see the town with its impressive Castle of St. Peter and the Marina.
Don't miss a gulet (traditional turkish boat) trip. There is a lot of beautiful bays around Bodrum. Besides budget charters you can rent a private one starting from US$ 300/day.