With its white-sand beaches and shop-lined streets, the city of Bodrum has long been the favorite seaside retreat in Turkey. But now this ancient fishing village, set against the blue waters of the Aegean Sea, has crashed the global party circuit.
Situated on Turkey's southwestern coast, the peninsula is a painterly tableau of white-washed stucco homes, purple bougainvilleas and olive-green hillsides. The city is also awash in historical attractions including the stumpy foundation of the Mausoleum, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Bodrum's world class night life beckons the jet set. Young well-dressed revelers converge onto Cumhuriyet Caddesi, which visitors call Bar Street, before heading to behemoth discos like Halikarnas, an open-air club that resembles a nearby amphitheater. On stage this summer: decadence.
Activities while in Bodrum
> Private Half Day St. Peter’s Castle and Bodrum City Tour
Your tour begins with a drive through the main street of Bodrum where you will stop at a central point walk to the Castle that overlooks the city.
The Castle houses a remarkable museum with exhibits on underwater archaeology. The walls of the Castle are studded with some 249 coats of arms. A lot of the stones used in the construction came from the tomb of King Mausolus. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, its massive construction survived for centuries until an earthquake brought it down in medieval times.
After visiting to the Castle you return to the central point and drive through the main harbor street of Bodrum towards the windmills that stand between Bodrum and Gumbet on the hillside. There will be a stop to take photos of the panoramic view.
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Top things to see and do in Bodrum
> Castle of St. Peter / Bodrum Castle
Museums, Parks, and Memorials
> Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archeology at the Bodrum Castle
Main Airport in Bodrum
> Milas-Bodrum Airport Airport code BJV
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