Article on Bodrum
Here's a good article about Bodrum in the news: Didum Today News

Two parts of the world meet at Bodrum

Turkey is indeed the gateway where two parts of the world meet as exemplified by Bodrum located in the south west of Turkey at the point where the Mediterranean meets the Aegean Sea. A fascinating peninsula with a fabulous coastline presents a unique balance of quaint traditional fishing villages and vibrant, cosmopolitan towns — a mixture of old traditions, remnants of ancient history with a rapid expansion of development and modernization of the West.

In the past two decades, Bodrum has become a popular retreat for domestic tourists, the Turkish elites and European visitors. It offers a wide range of outdoor activities along its stunning coastline with miles of beaches, bays and coves. One can go diving, swimming, windsurfing and enjoy boat and yacht tours. With a typical Mediterranean climate (mild winters and long pleasant summers), the Bodrum region lures thousands of Europeans to its beautiful coastline and active nightlife every year. Despite the global economic downturn, Bodrum has been touted as an ideal holiday destination within a short distance hop from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

While an increasing number of tourists from home and abroad flock to Bodrum, both domestic and foreign investments have been pouring into the developments of housing complexes, marinas, and golf courses — dramatically transforming the natural landscape of the peninsula. Under the bright sunshine, rows of white-washed homes and villas sweeping up the hills overlook the deep-blue Aegean Sea; shops, cafes and restaurants line the sidewalks along the yachts and fishing boats in harbors; and large patches of golf greens in natural surrounding of flamingoes and pelicans are being developed as the region’s first major golf course.

In fact, Bodrum is renown throughout Turkey as the holiday and second home destination for intellectuals, poets and artists. Many British and other Europeans have also sought homes in Bodrum for retirement. Although this picturesque area has traditionally attracted intellectuals and the wealthy from Istanbul and Ankara, many Turkish nationals are concerned about losing their exclusivity and property value to the housing boom.

Bodrum town, originally known as Halicarnassus, has the busiest nightlife after Istanbul. In high season, the narrow, winding streets are packed with people either strolling between shops and cafes, or bar hopping. Local restaurants and bars entertain guests with traditional music and dancing. Bar Street runs one mile parallel to the sea and ends with the biggest outdoor disco nightclub in Europe, Discotheque Halikarnas, packing 5,000 people per night during the busy season. It is known for its laser shows, cabaret performers and world class entertainment.

Mosques are omnipresent in towns and villages, but the strict vibe that one feels in their precincts is almost absent in Bodrum town. Few Muslim women wear headscarves and prayers are observed quietly behind closed doors. Although the town’s atmosphere appears to be one of openness, many Muslims don’t like to see foreign tourists walking in scanty clothing in the middle of the town. It’s a shame that many travelers forget the old adage: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.“

With a long interesting history, the port of Bodrum embellished by a scenic natural harbor has evolved from an important boat-building center to the regional economic center for tourism. The ancient historical attractions alone can draw visitors to this delightful place — the Castle of St. Peter, the Amphitheater, the Ottoman Shipyard, and the world famous Mausoleum of Mausolus — one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The dominant landmark of Bodrum is the splendid Crusader Castle of St. Peter that entends to the harbor filled with yachts and traditional wooden Turkish sailing boats. This enchanting castle completed in the early 15th Century by the Knights Hospitallers was the last Christian stronghold in Anatolia. The castle contains the following significant features: 5 towers, each built at various times by the conquerors; a mosque in the center, housing a Byzantine shipwreck vessel’s stern; and the Museum of Underwater Archeology, exhibiting several collections of ancient artifacts retrieved from shipwrecks.

Situated on the hillside overlooking the castle and harbor, the grand ancient Amphitheatre with a capacity of seating 13,000 was constructed during the Carian reign in the Hellenistic age (330 – 30BC). The well-preserved entertainment venue is still in use for concerts and shows to this very day!

The Ottoman shipyard was established in 1775 after the Russians destroyed the entire Ottoman Fleet in a naval battle at Cesme in 1770. The old shipyard was completed to defend against pirate attacks. Behind the dockyard lies an Ottoman cemetery with old tombstones dating from the period when Latin replaced the Arabic alphabet.

The most important and famous attraction is the Mausoleum of Mausolus, known as one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was erected for the deceased king of Caria by his widow and sister Artemisia in the middle of the 4th century B.C. at Halicarnassus. Sadly, there is not much left of this once magnificent tomb, except scattered fragments. Standing about 45 meters in height, the Mausoleum is described as being an enormous marble tomb with a stepped pyramid roof, topped with the statues of Mausolus and Artemisia in a four-horse-drawn carriage. The towering structure stood impressively for almost 19 centuries until an earthquake demolished it in 1304. Then, the Knights Hospitaller used the remains as building material for the St. Peter Castle in 1522. Worse still, at the time of excavations conducted in 1852, the British Museum was allowed to cart away most of the significant relics of the ruin – statues, remains of statues, reliefs and rare slabs of a frieze depicting the battle between the Greek soldiers and the Amazon woman warriors. In 2006, the municipality of Bodrum launched a campaign with the support of various nongovernmental organizations for the return of the mausoleum treasures to Bodrum. A documentary entitled "Ancient Halicarnassus Bodrum" featuring Bodrum’s history and its cultural legacy was circulated along with a petition for the return of artifacts to raise public awareness on the issue.

Bodrum appeals to visitors as well as retirees with its graceful beauty, magnetic charm, interesting culture, and friendly people. To visit Bodrum has become increasingly easy as there is an international/domestic airport, receiving frequent flights from across Europe and within Turkey.

A highly recommended place to stay for budget conscientious travelers is a family-run hotel whose manager can speak English and is very hospitable and knowledgeable of Bodrum. The hotel is conveniently located near the Bodrum Marina, the center of town.
Contact info: Bircan Hotel


Sunny Seasider

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Article on Bodrum
Thanks for posting thie very interesting thread, and confirmed all the reasons why we bought on this Peninsula. The best of both worlds.


Article on Bodrum
Thanks everyone for reading it. Sunny Seasider, I feel the same as you do.:yipee:
Article on Bodrum
Very ınterestıng to read however ı dıd have 1 snıgger havın worked for a tour operator here ı have been asked many questıons and when tellın the guests they must go to the castle and vısıt the underwater musueum ı always remember 1 guest askın would the need swımmıng costumes and towels!!!!!!!!
They must of thought they snorkeled around the museum good old brıtısh!!!!!


Article on Bodrum
Hello Michael,

I can see the misunderstanding. :9: The actual name of the museum is correct: Museum of Underwater Archeology. But many people call it "underwater museum" which fires up the imagination of being a mermaid in order to see the relics under water. Lol!

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