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Bodrum, one of the most sought after summer destinations in Turkey

on 03/07/2014

 

Bodrum

Bodrum is a well-known holiday destination that brings to mind sunny beaches and summer fun. This old fishermen’s village situated in a pretty bay of the Aegean Sea has changed a lot in the last thirty years.

During the summer months it attracts tens of thousands of Turkish and foreign tourists.

One of the best ways to catch a panoramic view of Bodrum is to arrive there by sea, for instance on the ferry from Datça.

On entering the harbour you will have the opportunity to admire St Peter’s Castle which was built in 1402 by the Knights of St John and is the last vestige of the Crusades in Turkey. The same site was also the probable location of the palace of Mausolus, the famous King of Caria.

The walls of the castle were perfectly preserved and it offers a magnificent view of the bay and its multitude of sailing boats and yachts. It is a real pleasure to go there for a stroll.

The citadel is also home to the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology where you can admire, among other things, several shipwrecks with their full loads.

North West of the harbour you will find the remains of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus which is the ancient Greek name of Bodrum. The tomb was built between 353 and 350 BC for Mausolus and his wife. It was once one the Seven Wonders of the World but was destroyed by an earthquake in the14th century. A few pieces of the original monument are exhibited at the British Museum in London.

Bodrum and its peninsula were also renowned for their sea sponges in the early 90’s.

If the crowd and Bodrum’s nightlife are too hectic for you an early morning stroll in the streets of the Old City and the harbour will be without question a more authentic and enjoyable option.


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