King Mausolus was king of Caria (377-353 BC), perhaps its greatest king. He ordered a splendid, gigantic tomb built for himself in Halicarnassus (Bodrum). Today little remains of the tomb, but the marble Gümüşkesentemple in Milas is thought to be a small-scale replica of the Mausoleum, the grand tomb that gave its name to all grand tombs since.
If you come to buy Turkish carpets, have a look at the Gümüşkesen, and also the Baltalı Kapı (Gate with Axe), a Roman gate in the city walls. Also visit some of the town’s 14th-century mosques, built when Milas was capital of the Menteşe emirate. These include the Great Mosque (Ulu Cami, 1378), the Mosque of Orhan Bey(1330), and the Firuz Bey Mosque (1394).
Up in the hills north of Milas is the ancient city of Labranda.
Most people stop for a few hours (and lunch) in Milas as they travel to or from Bodrum or Marmaris, though Milas does have a few serviceable small hotels. Minibusservices to Milas are frequent from Söke, southeast of Kuşadası.
Distances & Travel Times
Bodrum: 63 km (39 miles) SW, 40 minutes
Ephesus (Selçuk): 120 km (75 miles) N, 1.45 hours
Euromos (Selimiye): 12 km (8 miles) NW, 15 minutes
İzmir: 200 km (124 miles) N, 3 hours
Kapıkırı (Herakleia): 41 km (26 miles) NW, 40 minutes
Kuşadası: 102 km (63 miles) NW, 2 hours
Labranda: 20 km (12 miles) N, 35 minutes
Marmaris: 112 km (70 miles) NW, 2 hours
Milas-Bodrum Airport: 30 km (19 miles) SE, 25 minutes
Söke: 82 km (51 miles) NW, 1.25 hours