Paradise of eternal blue and home of the gods
The peninsula of Bodrum, named by Homer “Land of eternal blue” and known in mythology as the “home of the gods”, has a 5,000 year old past and is well known for its climate, sea and beautiful bays.
View of the Bodrum Castle and the Marina. Photo: Sisterscom.com, Shutterstock
Bodrum, which in the summer months is attractive both for its centre and beaches as well as being one of the best known entertainment centres in the world, is enhanced by its typical white houses with blue window frames and its magnificent nature.
Symbols of Bodrum
The symbols are the Mausoleion, a sumptuous mausoleum which in ancient times was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the Castle of the Knights of St. John, built on a rocky peninsula and seat of the Museum of Underwater Archaeology.
Castle of the Knights of St. John. Photo: Sisterscom.com, Shutterstock
The places for shopping
The streets of Barlar Sokaği, Cumhuriyet Caddesi, Neyzen Tevfik Caddesi, Azmakbaşi are the places to shop.
Bodrum. Photo: Sisterscom.com, Shutterstock
The beaches of Bodrum and surroundings
In the area surrounding Bodrum, Gümbet is one of the liveliest bays, while Bitez, in the shape of a half moon, is one of the most popular with tourists, and Ortaken is the realm of aquatic sports. The town of Gümüşlük, build on the ancient city of Myndos, with its blue flag beach, is one of the must-see places near Bodrum.
Yalıkavak, 18 km from the centre, sits on a band of coastline carved out like lace and is famous for its natural beauty, its windmills and the market that gathers together over 1,200 craftsmen. Gündoğan has one of the longest beaches on the Bodrum peninsula, while Göltürkbükü is known as the Saint-Tropez of Turkey.
The Turkish cuisine, with the exception of some dishes that can be tasted all over the country, offers numerous regional specialties. The Black Sea region to the north offers maize and anchovy dishes. The south-east is famous for kebabs, meze (appetizers) and desserts like kadayıf, baklava and künefe. All the Mediterranean, Aegean and Sea of Marmara coast offers a Mediterranean cuisine rich in vegetables, aromas and fish. Central Anatolia is known for its kneaded specialties such as keşkek, mantı, especially from Kayseri and gözleme.
In the city of Bodrum you should try the kumru, a stuffed sandwich with sausage (beef) cheese, tomato with peppers, the boyoz, puffed bread and the gözleme similar to a crepes, both stuffed with cheese and spinach, minced meat, eggs and mushrooms. Do not miss the scented simit: the typical salted donuts with sesame seeds.
Text by Lisa Maria River
Avion Tourism Magazine
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Where to sleep in Bodrum
Bodrum. Photo: Sisterscom.com, Shutterstock
Bodrum is a welcoming city and offers different possibilities for accommodation.
To find the ideal hotel and the best offers you can do a search for the stars but also for districts or landmarks.
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Monuments in Bodrum
Bodrum Castle, known as St. John's Castle, is located on a rocky peninsula lapped on three sides by the sea and between two ports. The Knights of St. John built it in 1406 with the permission of Mehmet Çelebi. The Mausoleum stones, which collapsed after an earthquake, were used for the expansion of the Castle. Used for a period as a prison, by annexing a hamam at the end of the nineteenth century it acquired the appearance of an Ottoman structure.
MAUSOLEUM AND ANCIENT THEATRE
The Mausoleum of Bodrum, an ancient antique funeral monument, can be reached from the harbour via the Tepecik Mosque. Originally it had a sepulchral room surrounded by 36 columns, topped by a 24-step pyramid at the top of which was a chariot with marble statues of King Mausolus and Artemisia. Instead, the Ancient Theatre of Bodrum dating back to the Mausoleum period has been restored and is one of the oldest Anatolian theatres.
Museums in Bodrum
MUSEUM OF UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY
The Museum of Underwater Archaeology of Bodrum is located in Bodrum Castle. Finds from the Neolithic Age, the Bronze Age, Uluburun and the tomb and personal belongings of Ada, the Princess of Caria, can all be admired here.
Excursions in Bodrum
The bay of Akyarlar (Kefaluka), 22 km from the centre of Bodrum, is the closest point to Kos Island.
Akyarlar is ideal for surfers, due to its windy beaches. To see: the finds of Termera, the village of Kemer, the lighthouse of Hüseyin Burnu and the "sand hamam".
Gündoğan is situated on the slopes of a rocky hill, on the road between Yalıkavak and Göltürkbükü. To admire: the long beach, monasteries, churches and mosques. Ideal for surfing and diving. You can take 15-minute boat trips to Apostol Island, where you can visit the frescoed Byzantine church and stop at the fishermen's taverns on the beach.
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