If you’re going to any resort, I guess the most important thing is the beach. In Turgutreis, each hotel has its own private beach, so you won’t really have any problems. Many of the bars also have private beaches which are very nice, and of course you have public beaches. One thing I didn’t like about public beach is that are some Turkish man likely to stare at girls! Don’t get me wrong, they are not dangerous or anything like that, just can be really boring sometimes.
Not much is left of the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos. This was once one of the Seven Wonders of the World and now there is almost nothing there. It was an enormous tomb built in with marble for the ruler Mausolus (4th century BC). When the crusaders came to Bodrum they used the stones from the Mausoleum as building material for the castle. Some stories say they tore the Mausoleum down, others say earthquakes already had destroyed it. Anyway, the best friezes have been taken from the castle and are now at the British Museum in London.
Entrance fee is 4 000 000 TL.
Bodrum is a great activity town using its facilities to the upmost about nature and sea.
Most of the outdoor sports like trekking, mountaineering, orientairing are available in summer and even in winter in every part of peninsula and its vicinity.. There are some activity clubs like bodosk or marmara college clubs.
All kinds of water sports are avilable like scuba diving (there are plenty of clubs and companies for beginners and advenced divers), water skiing, windsurfing, sailing, fishing..etc..etc..
It is not really Safari like in Kenya but very interesting outing. There are a lot of Land Rovers and with your guide you can see Turkish villages, people, turtle lake, natural parks and beautiful and wild beaches. But the mostly it was fanny with many comic situations. For me it was the best outing in Bodrum.
As its been a few years since we have been to Bodrum, i don't know if the camel rides still operate or in fact if this bad smelling camel is still alive hehehehehehehe, but it was a great laugh and well worth the little money it cost to see my kids faces, and the horror on my wifes face hahahahahaha
As you walk along the Marina towards St Peter's Castle you will be inundated with offers to sell you excursions and especially boat trips.
A good boat trip is a must on a visit to Bodrum but "good" is the important word there and you must look carefully to find the best deals (remembering that the cheapest trip is not always the best bargain!!). Having been on at least 5 of these excursions I can tell you that the quality really varies between companies. There are some basic questions to ask before parting with your money:
* How much will the visit cost?
* How many places will the boat visit?
* Will I get an opportunity to get off the boat and explore?
* What is provided in the cost (lunch is usually but not any beverages)?
* Is there a vegetarian option for lunch (chicken pasta is the favoured meal option of most boat companies)?
* How many people will be on the boat (some sellers do get as many people as is legal on the boat andthis can be quite uncomfortable)?
The boats all tend to visit the same bays and coves so at some stages of the day it will seem like every boat in Bodrum has descended into your space at the same time!
Ask people for recommendations of nice trips they have been on too.
The beach at Gumbet is a great escape from the frenzy of Bodrum Town and is only a short taxi ride (or Dolmus if you like) away.
The beach is of a good quality and has a range of watersports and activities available.
Many of the sun loungers are available but at a small cost (about 5YTL) but this is for the whole day. If you do not wish to purchase the time on sun beds you can just lounge on your beach towel at no charge!!
The beach is surrounded by hotels and food outlets so there is no shortage of places to buy a snack or drink (and occassionally people come to sell fresh fruit on the beach too).
THe beach in Bodrum itself is not really very good (shingle and very small so try this beach or some of the others around the peninsula (Bardaci etc).
If you fancy going fishing, island hoping or just relaxing on a boat there are many deals on offer down at the Marina.
But don't worry to much about missing out or getting down there because your probably be approached several times regarding Boat trips by people.
for a fresh breath
Bitez lies 7 km west of Bodrum, in the bay next to Gumbet. The winds here are particularly favorable for windsurfing and several water sports operators are based here.
The beach is sandy, with plenty of sunloungers and umbrellas for sunbathing,
Away from the beach it is possible to wander through mandarin orange groves where oxen plough and life continues as before.
The village itself is a 15 minute walk, or short drive, inland and remains totally unspoiled by tourism...
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 Bodrum Hamami is one of the oldest and most traditional Turkish baths left in Turkey. There are separate sections for men and women and you will be massaged by a Hamam of the same gender as you. They are open from 6am til Midnight and cater for local and tourist alike. The whole experience can last up to 1.5 hours depending on the level of attention you require or ask for. The experience can be as physically exhaustinbg or as relaxing as you want too. The hamam's speak good English and the price range is very reasonable starting at approximately £7 for a basic treatment.
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!
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.
One of the Seven Wonders of the World stands proudly in Bodrum - I say stands but in reality it is far from being as it was when it was designed and built to keep the remains of King Mausolus secure. The building work was begun 2 years before he died and finished by his wife but we can only imagine what the full structure would have looked like. Archaeologists think the Mausoleum was 41 metres tall. When the Knights of St John came to Bodrum the Mausoleum was already falling apart (then they assisted its demise somewhat!!) and they used some of the stones in their Castle building project.
Very little remains of the Mausoleum except the reconstructed foundations and there is an exhibition area that shows mock ups/models of what the full building may have looked like. The remains are easily found by heading down Neyzen Tevfik Caddessi and half way you will see signs to turn left and then yellow signs will show you the way. There is a small entrance charge.
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!
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