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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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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Aquapark Dedeman: Bodrum Waterpark
The waterpark is about 3 miles outside Bodrum (north along the peninsula) near a town calles Ortakent. You can get to the waterpark by dolmus, taxi or go on an arranged vist from the tour operator - however the park costs about 20YTL and is much more expensive if you go as part of an organisd trip.
The park has loads of slides and watery rides in a range of terrifying types. The large slides (You can't miss them!) are scary enough - some are open to the air and others are covered, like tubes and these are quite claustrophobic. The black hole slide is just that. There are pools with wave machines.
Food is no problem as the park is full of snack bars and fast food restaurants - no quality but cheap and quick.
The parks website is in turkish but it's not s problem as the park is advertised all over bodrum in English.Related to:
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Go on a day trip to Rhodes
Rhodes is much further away from Bodrum than the local Greek island of Kos (about 200km) but Rhodes is a fantastic island, and the old town has plenty to see and do for a day if you can cope with the long hydrofoil journey, that lasts for approx 2 hours. This trip only runs in the summer, only runs once a week and is very determined by the weather.
Rhodes town has a strong connection with Bodrum since it to owes much of it's construction and a large chunk of its history to the Knights of St John (who built Bodrum Castle). Waking around the walls and inside the town reveals shops and nice places to eat as well as an opportunity to stand where the colossus of Rhodes once stood (that will be your second ancient wonder of the world after the mausoleum of Halikarnassus).
You will not have enough time in Rhodes to stray much further than the old town and this is likely to be a tiring day due to the amount of travel but it may give you enough of a taste of Rhodes to entice you back for a longer holiday there.
Milas: A day out from Bodrum
The ancient and very historical city of Milas was once the capital city of Caria and it has a great deal of archaeology for those with a car or willing to do the bus journey. Milas is about 45km from Bodrum. It is worth the trek to see some well preserved Roman artefacts. It is handily placed near the airport so is an ideal stop off on the way to/from Bodrum for some shopping and food.
In days gone by this city was called Mylasa and its claim to fame now is that it has been and is one of the centres for traditional Turkish carpet making. Each carpet designing and making region in Turkey has its own style - Milas carpets are plainer and more geometric than those from other regions. Just remember to be careful when buying carpets - Turkish carpets are really works of art and some are certainly expensive enough to be framed. Genuine carpet dealers will take you to see where the handmade carpets are produced and allow you to watch the process. It is quite amazing to watch the ladies weaving and knotting and it is as you watch this that you understand how the carpets are so expensive - the hours taken can be phenomenal. Check the carpets and be happy before you part with money.
Water Cisterns: Eco friendly water saving!
Spotted around the peninsula are white domes of varying sizes with small square holes in the sides - I wondered for ages what they were, and many are in the most unusual places (sides of houses, fields, there is even a huge one on the main road between Bodrum and Gumbet). A taxi driver explained their purpose to me a long time ago.
These are water collection cisterns. Their name in Turkish is Kumbet and this is how the next door town of Gumbet got its name - named after the cisterns. They were used (and some still are) to collect the rare rain water which would then be used to water fields and feed animals (to save precious drinking water supplies).
These cisterns are often crumbling and care should be taken if you intend to explore them closely. The cisterns in this style can actually be found further afield than Mugla - I saw an ancient set of them near Selcuk last summer!
just the sea..
even in october, its so lovely..
u may windsurf there.
all beach club kind of places..
u may stay in small otels there,next to sea.
have dinner on the sea..
can go everyplace in bodrum by boat that rests have..
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small streets full of shops
Around the castle there are some narrow tiny streets (sokak in turkish) full of souvenir shops, small cafes, pubs etc.. Of course during the night it’s get overcrowded. Not my kind of nightlife but if you are there for the fun you will enjoy it. Of course there is a McDonalds like everywhere, where you can eat a McTurco!(pic 2) But you are in Turkey folks, a country with great local cousine, taste some real tasty local foods, don’t choose the easy way.
Visit the ancient site of Iassos
Iassos is a short drive North from Bodrum, following part of the route as if you were going to Ephesus. It is a lesser known but equally impressive site that you may have to arrange to visit independently or ask specialist agents in the town for a tour.
This city showed evidence of Minoan and Mycenean habitation and is fairly Greek inspired. Remains of a later Roman Agora, mosaics and the vilage have been excavated as has the city walls further back from the main site.
Hamman (Turkish Bath)
Hamam - a turkish bath in Bodrum is a must:
Hamam, that’s the word for the Turkish bath - surely an unforgettable part of your holiday and the massage is the best part. On the marble slab the guest will receive a pummeling from head to toe, let the expert scrub of all those dead cells, relax again, and then drift away while the masseur straightens out all those knots and tense bits.
All you have to do then is to wash your hair and put on loads of sun cream before emerging.
After that you can relax with a Çay (Turkish tea) and you feel reborn. You'll feel just as smug as thr active types for a lot less effort.
In the mild winter on the Aegean coast you can watch camel fights. This is a bloodless sport, it is a contest of strength to see which camel can hold his opponent down the longest.
This process can take hours therefore the handlers intervene and pull them apart. These are big spectacles in the Aegean region.
At any time of the year markets are one of the greatest pleasures and attractions for locals as for tourists, with
their bright colours and delicious mingled scents.
Either in Bodrum itself or in one or other of the surrounding villages on the Bodrum peninsula is a market day every day of the week. Bodrum's Tuesday textile market is famous, with local fabrics from all over the region on sale. The riot of colours and patterns appealing to all tastes gives the marketplace a fairground atmosphere. As well as fabrics, there are kilims, carpets, kitchen ware, and clothing of all description.
food market, and it would be difficult to find such an extraordinary variety of fruit and vegetables any where else. Even the humble carrot comes in three or four varieties.
What I found absolutely amazing, was the way they displayed their fruit esp. the cherries that is currently in season.
Tangerines, oranges and lemons from the nearby orchards which cover most of tbe peninsula form glowing heaps of every tone of yellow and orange. Then there are the wild herbs so popular in local Aegean cuisine, such as mustard, nettles, and the ligonium. Following rain edible fungi appear in abundance, and since they are rich in protein are eaten instead of meat. Most popular of the local varieties is the çintar mushroom, whose shapeless appearance belies its fine flavour. Grilled or fried in local olive oil it is a wonderful delicacy.
The water reservoir's in the town & cities are quite amazing. I looked at these dome shaped stone buildings and were wondering if they too were Turkish Bath's, when the guide told me what they actually were.
They are still used widely today.
The area around the Yacht club has many restaurants, markets and shops. The one thing that did strike me was the use (or is that misuse) of the English spelling of things. On one of the menu's at a restaurant just to the right of where this pic was taken they were offering a full English breakfast, but it was spelled "Fool English Breakfast".
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