It could be interesting but be careful....the smell is not nice at all. However it was moving experience. I think that is was my the first and the last ride of this animal. And I recommend to wear a paints. It is more comfort for ride.Related to:
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City Walls and Myndos Gate
Bodrum (or Halikarnassus as it was originally called) was a walled city. Very little would indicate this unless you have a closer inspection. The best preserved evidence of this defensive structure is the Myndos Gate on the very outskirts of the town. The gate was the western exit from the city on the raod to Myndos (hence the name and you will see that it is very near a street called Myndos Caddessi). Myndos still exits but is now called by its modern name - Gumusluk. These walls were most likely built by King Mausolos and did extend for nearly 5 miles around the town. Myndos was also created by King Mausolos - busy man :-)
This gate was the scene of one of Bodrum's most gruesome incidents - when Alexander the Great attacked the Persians who were in the town in 334BC, there was great loss of Bodrum life during that period and Alexander destpyed the gate and much of the wall that prevented his access to Halicarnassus.
This site has no charge to access it and has been the centre of a hugely expensive restoration by Turkish businesses. It is a fair walk to reach the gate and again in the heat you may opt for a taxi ride there, we did. Once there it is well worth it and we were especially pleased to see how much is actually in tact compared with guidebook suggestions.Related to:
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Underwater Archaeology Museum at St Peter's Castle
St Peter's Castle has another treasure, particularly for the lover of archaeology - the castle houses the museum of underwater archaeology and it is the centre of underwater archaeological techniques in this part of Europe.
Look at artefacts taken from wrecks in the Aegean, the mural of the development of sea trade in this area and huge ships. Some of the exhibition is contained in the old ottoman mosque which was originally a chapel in the time of the Knights of St John. The shipwrecks held here come from medieval and Roman ages as well as teh Uluburin - the oldest shipwreck ever discovered. This all makes St Peter's Castle a double treat.
The Haluk Elbe Art Gallery at the front of the Castle is named after the first Director of the museum.
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Dont try to find the Mausoleum
One of the Seven Wonders of the World.
The Mausoleum of Halikarnassus was an above-ground tomb for the ruler of Halikarnassus (Halicarnassus), Mausolus; the tomb was completed by his wife, Artemisia, in 353 BCE; Mausolus was the Persian satrap of the district of Karia (Caria) with Halikarnassus as his capitol city.
Although Mausolus was a Persian, his inclinations were decidedly Greek; he was noted for his aggressive political maneuvering and lavish spending on public works projects; he was married to his sister, Artemisia, and died in the prime of his life.
As a lasting monument to his fame and fortune, Artemisia constructed an above-ground tomb in the center of the city of Halikarnassus to house the body of her beloved husband throughout eternity; the tomb was 140 feet (43 meters) in height including the podium, the colonnade, the pyramidal roof and the chariot statue that crowned the structure.
This Mauselum was transferred completely to London and you can visit this monument in London if you want instead of its natural and local area.
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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Go to Bitez for the day!
Bitez is a beautiful and somewhat quiet town (when compared to Bodrum that is!) about 5 miles away from Bodrum itself. I went there again this summer after an initial visit many years ago now but always remember how lovely the place was with delightful beach areas. The journey to Bitez by road is fairly short (it is not too far after Gumbet along the coastal route) and taxi's are more than willing to take you there. You can also get a Dolmus from the town easily enough. The turn for the beach is marked easily and car parking is available near the beach.
It is an area well known for its mandarin orchards and is a very beautiful, green place. It is also well known for its water sports such as windsurfing and water skiing(but I didn't have a go at those while there!).
If you are weary from the nightlife in Bodrum and Gumbet, Bitez can possibly provide a pleasant alternative that is convenient. Much quieter than Bodrum - it would not be my choice for a two week holiday but for those who are more laid back it is a suitable alternative :-)
The beach is delightful and is covered with sun loungers that are free and have excellent cushions and umbrellas. The restaurants that line the beach offer a sun bed service so you can eat and drink without ever leaving the sun lounger, cool :o)Related to:
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Bardakçi Beach - a haven around the corner!
Just outside Bodrum you will find the small bay of Bardakçi (the local Turkish word for water seller). Bardakçi has some luxury hotels, smaller friendly hotels and varied seaside restaurants surrounding a really beautiful sandy beach. There is a local daily boat service to Bardakçi and it is only a few minutes walk over the hill between the marina and Gümbet if you feel that way inclined!
Market Day in Bodrum
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.Related to:
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Ancient Theatre of Bodrum
Situated on the main road that runs through Bodrum, the Theatre is not the best example of amphitheatres but it is relatively well preserved (it has also undergone some restoration). The site is mostly used now for public musical/operatic performances.
King Mausolus began the work on the theatre but it was completed and changed by the Romans to met their needs. It has been suggested that this theatre was used as a site for Gladiatorial fights but there is no great evidence for this.
The seating rows, orchestra area and stage are easily identifiable.
The site is easily reached by walking but due to the danger of the main road I would recommend getting a taxi from the town centre (about 7YTL and the driver will probably wait for you if you ask nicely!!). There is no entry fee to get onto the site but if there is a scheduled concert or performance there may be limited access.Related to:
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