This is an area in Bodrum center, seaside, closed to traffic and for pedestrians only .... As the famous Bodrum Castle is also in the same area, the place is very popular for tourists and also for locals ....
Several cafes, bars, restaurants, souvenir shops, handcraft stores etc are located and most of the times very busy especially in summer season ...
Just to have a walk, sip a drink or coffee, spending lazy time, thats the correct place ... :)
One place of Bodrum that no visitor to this great city should miss is the famous Bodrum Castle, which overlooks the harbor and the international marina.
U can shoot great photos w superb view of the whole Bodrum area ... :)
This castle was constructed by the Knights of Rhodes in the 15th century during the crusades of the middle ages and it was given the name The Castle of St. Petrus, or Petronium.
The Bodrum Castle is open to the public and it houses Bodrum’s remarkable Museum of Underwater Archaeology and also hosts several Turkish cultural festivals throughout the year.
The Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which received a special commendation in 1995 as a European Museum of the Year, was established in the Bodrum Castle in 1964.
Initially, the restoration of the castle was the priority; later, exhibition halls were created in the available space
There are most of the time Art Festivals, Jazz Concerts, Classical Music Performances etc in and around the castle area ...
Named after the Ottoman Admiral Turgut Reis, this municipality in the Bodrum peninsula is a quiter one compared to Bodrum city. About 25 kms from Bodrum and has a good stretch of clean beach which is less congested than Bodrum.
Few nice restaurants and bars beside the main square near the small marina and beachfront. There's also the popular Saturday flea market.
Boats for tours around the Bodrum peninsula and going to the greek island of Kos.
There's a long platform jutting on the beach in Turgutreis where local kids jump off to the water. Nice place to swim and try catching fish. It's just beside the marina and overlooking the big mosque.
I spent so much time admiring these boats during the week that I almost missed out actually sailing on one. Lady Luck stepped in on Thursday evening and we happened to bump into someone who'd just got a really good deal and recommended it to us. So 10.30 on Friday morning we're finally sitting on the prow of the most gorgeous Gulet called 'The Outback'. It's berthed in Gumbet Harbour but just about ready to take off. The anchor is raised slowly and we're off. From my seat at the front I take in the shining blue sea and the passing coastline and secretly despise the other people who've immediately prostrated themselves on the luxuriously cushioned deck to work on their suntans. Five minutes later I realise that I'm missing out big time and hit the cushions. The word bliss takes on a whole new meaning as my creaking bones soak in the sun and revel in a breeze that brushes the skin like silk. After an Irish winter, Denis and I seriously felt like we'd died and gone to heaven.
There were three stops . First one for swimming, second one for swinmming and lunch and third one at Camel Beach for an hour ashore. We got back to Gumbet around 5 and next time I'm in Turkey, I'll be doing this on the first day, not the last.
We booked ths trip with Otan Tours in Bitez and for 15 Euro each, we had the whole day on the boat, lunch, plus transport to and from Gumbet. The boat was immaculate with toilets and shower facilities onboard and we had long conversations with the owner. A wonderful trip!
if it's an attraction at all, but the bodrum marina is a place to spend your time strolling along the pavements and watch the yachts and boats sail in and away. yachts in small and big sizes, people coming in and out, strollers, wanderers, joggers, people watching while dining at one of the alfresco restaurants especially at the far end juz near the entrance of the st. peter's castle. nice parks with benches - refreshing juz to sit down and watch the world go by. ...and of course the turquoise water of the ocean and the smell of the breeze.
the marina is a nice place to spend the morning and late afternoons.
the antique ampitheater of bodrum is located along the main highway of turgut treis, so take caution is crossing the highway to get to the theater. the mobile giants - ericcsson and turkcell - are renovating the theater. the theater is in good shape though i find it strange that it is located along the main thoroughfare.
the theater is one of mausolus ambitious projects during his governorship of halicarnassus. sitting at the stairs of the theater you can watch the marina down below, nice view of the whole town. the theater include a stone altar once used before plays for sacrifices to Dionyus, and several holes cut through some of the seats. the theater could seat 13,000 spectators. climb up further to Goktepe to see several rock-cut tombs. dating from the Roman and Hellenistic period, these excavated tombs once carried several sarcophagi, as well as mementos buried with the dead.
nuthin' much was left of the great mausoleum of mausolus - a seven wonder of the ancient world - but worth to visit if you're in the area. scattered pieces of marble in an encarpment, there's a small museum where some of relics are with marble carving from the original edifice. entrance fee is i think 5TL.
the original mausoleum is about 45 meters in height, and each of the four sides was adorned with sculptural reliefs created by each one of four Greek sculptors — Leochares, Bryaxis, Scopas of Paros and Timotheus. the finished structure was considered to be such an aesthetic triumph that Antipater of Sidon identified it as one of his Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
it's the origin of the word mausoleum - from Mausolus - the eldest son of Hecatomnus, a native Carian who became the satrap of Caria when Tissaphernes died, around 395 BC.
These dome shaped, painted white Kumbets, otherwise known as a Water Cistern, are found in and surrounding Bodrum. They were built by the rich people during the Ottoman period by using stones collected from the fields. They were used to gather Winter rain water to use on their Fields, and also to provide water for their stock in Summer.
This street is also known as "Republic street" or "Bar street" and runs for a long way, is narrow in places, with shops, Bars, Eateries, and lots and lots of people. It is an interesting area to walk through, and it is well worth exploring the laneways that run off it. You will find good quality shoes, Boutiques with designer clothes, Leather, Onyx, Copper, Gold & Silver wares, as well as some lovely original, handcrafted souvenirs. You can also buy cheaper souvenirs. There are some really nice items that you can buy, IF you have enough money!
A lovely walk in the morning before the crowds arrive, is the walk along the edge of the Harbour. You can walk for kilometres, just take your time and enjoy the views, this is a pretty area. At this hour of the morning, the sea was calm, a really good time for photos. Beaches were deserted, children were heading to school, Restaurants were closed & empty, Dogs were going for a walk, and some Turkish people were enjoying the early morning cuppa and chat. There were lines of Boats that do the day tours. One operator saw me walking, and he soon rushed to his kiosk, wasn't going to miss a chance for business!
Love this time of the morning!
The harbour is the heart of the city. Sailboats and yacht for bigwigs are in majority at the harbour, only few meters away from Cumhurriyet Caddesi, known as the Bar street. Bars and restaurants joggle together in the narrow streets close to St. Peter Castle.
Tuesday morning is a good time to visit Bodrum. The weekly market is on in the market area across from the bus office and you are guaranteed crowds and a chaotic, energetic shopping session. Inside the covered area where most of the stalls are you can buy fake designer clothes and watches, shoes, toys,bags and all kinds of other things you never knew you needed until you saw them.
On the ramps leading down from the building and along the footpath the market gets much more colourful. Old women have their perches here with their wares laid out in front of them, either on the ground or on makeshift crates. They sell eggs, vegetables, dried flowers and anything else they produce on their farms or gardens. We bought dried lavender, nuts and fruit. Here at the market and around the bus office generally was the only place where we saw women dressed in traditional dress or indeed any hint that this was a city in Turkey.
Golkoy is a small village about 20mins from Bodrum which was officially joined to it's neighbouring village of Turbuku a few years ago. The locals have maintained the two separate identities and use both names (rather than the hybrid name of Golturbuku). The Golkoy side of the bay is quiet and traditional, nice villas and beach. Clean sea for swimming. Orange groves. All local amenities are there as the town has most things needed. The Turbuku side of the bay is busier and has hotels and most of the bars and clubs. Nice to stay in Golkoy and party in Turbuku. Film stars etc stay in this area. Definately worth a visit.
Eating a traditional well made Turkish breakfast rather than the attempts at English/Irish is an absolute must when you are in this region of Turkey. The further out of town you go to more Turkish areas the better the breakfast will be and it is true what they say - if the locals are eating there, the food will be good.
A really good breakfast will consist of freshly baked bread, olives, cheese, cream, Turkish tea, Gozleme or something similar (possible lighter), fried eggs, tomatos, chilli's (optional) and cucumber etc.
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