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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..Related to:
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- Hiking and Walking
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.Related to:
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THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE
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 hahahahahahaRelated to:
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Morning walk along the Esplanade
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!Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
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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!Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Food and Dining
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.
- Historical Travel
I remember where there was nothing between Bodrum and Bardakci cove. The only way to get there was if you had a boat. A famous Turkish singer -Zeki Muren- would always go there to enjoy the clear waters and isolate himself from the crowd. I can't believe they built so many hotels etc. to join Bodrum & Bardakci and even Gumbet all together.. I really miss the way Bodrum looked and felt back in mid 80s..
Cruising on a Gulet- At Last !
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!Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
- Budget Travel
Bodrum is meant to me a lot because I spent many summers there. Last time I went to there with my husband. It was surprisingly empty and quite. Right after the big earthquake in Izmit September 1999. Well it reminded me when I was there first time 12 years ago... Last time we went to Gumusluk, we walked to Tavsan Island than climbed on to the other side of the island. Hidden beauty! This place will never change I know...Related to:
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Go on a day trip to Kos!
There are quite a few Greek islands in very close proximity to Bodrum, and should Bodrum be proving to exciting (or not exciting enough!) you could consider a visit to Kos.
A day trip to the place where Hippocrates was born (the man who was responsible for the Hippocratic oath that doctors used to take) takes about 1 hour by ferry from Bodrum harbour, it's only 15km away. There is lots of archaeology to see on the island and it's quite a small place so you can see a lot during the few hours you are there. Try to do any souvinier shopping before the Greek people have their lunchtime Siesta as most of the shops and businesses will take a short break in the middle of the day. The downside to any visit to Greece from Turkey is the customs before you go...it's a long and boring task (DON'T FORGET YOUR PASSPORT!!).
The ferries leave at about 9am and return to Bodrum in the late afternoon. If you book in advance the ferry company will collect you from your hotel and bring you to the harbour. There is a faster hydrofoil but I'm unsure how long this takes or cost.
Turtles at Dalyan
A trip to Dalyan to see the ancient tombs high in the hills at Kaunos and to look for the evidence of turtles laying on the beach is billed as a great day out from Bodrum.
It is a trek to get there and if you do not have any sea legs the boat part of the trip, along the Dalyan River, will be a trial but there is a fantastic 4km long beach at the end of the journey with the cleanest unspoilt sand and views you could hope to find in this region of Turkey.
However, it is highly unlikely that you will see the wondrous turtles as they lay and move about at night and not in the daytime, and also it is probably highly inappropriate to disturb their laying/hatching areas! Lunch is usually included in the excursions from Bodrum. I'm unsure how entertaining children will find this particular trip as it has limited stimulus for little ones.
Warning: Don't do this with a hangover, it's a LONG day.Related to:
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Enjoy Bodrum with its'lovely nature
Bodrum is famous about many things..Night life,the Castle,nature,sea..I promise you will love the nature..Sea is marvellous..A small warning;the sea might be a little bit cold.
Some of the bays you can visit;
Whilst in Turkey, the one thing you have to do is to visit a Hammam, which is known generally as a Turkish Bath.
Various hotels in Bodrum and Gumbet will offer this service within or without the hotel and charge a much higher fee than going alone.
There is a Municipal Hammam in the centre of Bodrum which is signposted in the town centre, and close to the bus station; the cost is low, and the experience comes highly reccomended.
After being in the sun for a few days, you are spread across a large warm marbe table and battered with pillows filled with soapy foam before being scrubbed clean.
A session in the steam room cleans all pores, and after a final wash-down, the massage begins.
The massage I've had in this place is the best I've ever had, and I recently had a massage in the five star Radisson Hotel in Manchester, and it was nowhere near as relaxing as the one I had in Bodrum.
Males and females are separated, so unsure what the female masseurs, and a cup of apple tea afterwards in the air conditioned atrium brings you back to reality. Almost.Related to:
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Kara Ada /Black Island
Kara Ada or black Island is situated just in front of bodrum.You can reach by boat in 30 minutes .you can enjoy some restaurants on the islands or you can enjoy the mud baths
and visit the caverns .The mud color is black and maybe because of this the island is called black island .Beside the color of the mud the island is pure green.
Ottoman Shipyard and Cemetery
There is a hidden gem in Bodrum, that boat lovers and historians might enjoy - the Ottoman Shipyard. It was discovered when Turkcell were doing their city wall excavations. This area has been recently restored and its best feature is the Ottoman tower that would have been used by Ottoman ship builders to keep an eye on the harbour and watch for enemies and pirates (apparently). Ships have been built here and in other parts of Bodrum for thousands of years (and still continues today with the modern gulet building), it is said that the Carian ship builders actually made ships for the ancient Egyptian pharoahs. Bodrum has a naval tradition whereby its various warrior leaders fought at sea and Bodrum has had to repel many sea based invaders. This Ottoman shipyard was built around 1800 (a date of 1784 has been suggested for the tower).
Taxi's will be able too take you to the site which is quite near to the harbour, heading North. The restored tower is used for exhibitions. Also behind the site is an Ottoman Cemetery with its very distinctive Islamic funeral monuments. It is no longer in use as a burial site. The famous Cafer Pahsa is buried here (mosque in town is named after him).
Open daily from 9am - 6pm (free)
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