known as Halicarnassus,
the popular resort
port of Bodrum, on the Bodrum peninsula at
the southern end of Turkey's Aegean coast
the ruins of the original Mausoleum,
one of the Seven
Wonders of the World, as well
as the lofty Castle
of St Peter,
a Crusader fortress which now serves
as the world's foremost Museum
of Underwater Archeology. More...
small picture-perfect bays frame
the castle, making it particularly
attractive to yachters.
The beaches right
in town are small and the water not
particularly appealing, but there are other
beaches and towns nearby. In fact, many people choose to make their base in other towns around the Bodrum
peninsula, coming to Bodrum itself for visits. More...
get away to a secluded
or rental villa or
cottage in Bodrum
or one of the other towns on the
Bodrum peninsula for a week or a
fortnight is really a dream-come-true. More...
Bodrum's beauty, mild climate and access to the sea have drawn so many Turkish and foreign visitors and part-year residents that population growth and construction are changing the character of the peninsula dramatically. Traffic is now a major concern, with roadways unable to keep up with the explosive growth in the number of vehicles. Allow plenty of time for slow going as you move about the peninsula.
also known for its enthusiastic nightlife.
If you like staying up late at loud
discos and clubs, you'll love Bodrum.
If you go to bed early and sleep
lightly, you may suffer. As the provincial
governor once said, "If you
want quiet, go somewhere
else." My recommended
hotels, however, tend to be the quiet
of my favorite hotels in
all of Turkey is in Bodrum: the Su
Otel. It's a real
transfers, and ferry
Bodrum, it's good to contact one
of my recommended
plenty flights and buses to Bodrum in the warm
months, but no train service. More...
Airport is 33 km (21 miles)
north of the town with direct daily
flights from Istanbul.
island ferries take you to
and from Kos and Rhodes. More...
here for maps of Bodrum and Aegean
—by Tom Brosnahan