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Bodrum is often called Turkey’s St. Tropez – and the town really lives up to the name! It’s the darling of the jet-set with an international flavour and restaurants, hotels and entertainment of the highest class.
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Do and see
Bodrum is an intriguing vacation spot, boasting everything from highly interesting historic sights to beachfront relaxation for the sun thirsty. The close proximity to the Aegean sea provides ample opportunity to explore the waters, the reefs and caves.
Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
The Mausoleum of Halicarnassis is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world still around. Few know what the mausoleum really looked like, but it is believed that the famous sculptor, Skopas, was responsible for parts of the decoration, but it was certainly extravagant. Today, the visitor can only see the remains of the building’s walls, as it was destroyed by earthquakes.
You do not need to be interested in ancient ruins to take a trip to an archaeological site. En route, you will experience the countryside and the journey will take you through small towns and villages that you would otherwise miss. A few kilometers from the holiday resort of Altinkum, in Yenihisar, lies Didyma, a great temple to Apollo. Didyma was a religious site and the oracle there was as famous as the oracle of Delphi. The temple was destroyed by the Persians around 400 BC, and the existing ruins date from Roman times. The remains of 120 columns give an indication of the size of the temple.
Milas, about 50 km north-east of Bodrum, is a notable carpet center with a long history in carpet-making, peculiarly woven in soft tobacco colors. It’s a pleasant town to stroll around in, with good shopping bazaars and several archaeological sites. Prices are lower than in Bodrum.
Efesos / Selçuk
This excavation is almost as remarkable as Pompeii, Italy. Ancient Ephesus had around 400,000 inhabitants. The first town was built around the temple of Artemis – another of the ancient worlds’ seven wonders. The ruins visible today are from the Roman era. The remains of the Temple of Artemis are outside the ruin area. On the hill above stands the cathedral of St John, where the evangelist is buried. St John is believed to have lived in Ephesus together with the Virgin Mary.
Boat Trips
Bodrum harbor is full of gulets – traditional boats – that take visitors on trips along the beautiful coastline. They are comfortable vessels with large rear decks and good cabins. You can choose between day trips or longer ones and the captain is usually the cook. You can also rent a sailing boat with a crew or take a bathing boat to one of the picturesque beaches. There are small shady bays everywhere throughout the peninsula.
Layers of limestone have created this impressive natural phenomenon, reminiscent of a glacier on ancient rock. Water runs constantly from one level to another on the remarkable terraces. Unfortunately, too many visitors have worn away the cliff and today most of the pools are closed to the public. Above Pamukkale lies the ancient Hierapolis, which was a great spa and health resort in Roman times.
Beach Life
The beaches of the Bodrum peninsula are excellent for diving and snorkelling, bathing boats or dolmus can take you to most of them. Bagla (14 km from Bodrum), on the south coast, has fine sandy beaches, but windsurfers usually prefer Gümbet (about 3 km west of Bodrum). On the west coast, you can find good beaches at Akyar, Turgutreis, Gümuslük and Yalikavak. These are all small villages with fish restaurants and popular anchorages for sailors. In Karaada bay, there are caves with hot water springs.
Bodrum Amphitheater
A stunning example of the greatness of the ancient city of Halikarnassus (present Bodrum), the amphitheater dates back to the 4th century BC and overlooks the Aegean Sea. This Bodrum landmark, one of the best preserved structures of ancient Halikarnassus is reachable by walk from the city center.
Milas – Bodrum Airport
Milas-Bodrum was built in 1997 and lies 36 km east of Bodrum. It is used by both regular and chartered flights. To get to Bodrum city centre you can either take a taxi or the airport bus which is called Havas Airport Bus. The journey from the airport to Bodrum bus station takes approxiamtely 1 hour. For more information regarding Havas bus service, check www.havas.net/bodrum. If you are looking for a taxi, plentiful choices are offered at the international and Domestic arrivals.
Public Transport
Taking a dolmus is the best way to get around in Bodrum. These are minibuses – or large taxis – that depart when they’re full and stop where required. Buses leave from Bodrum bus terminal and run between Turgutreis-Yalikavak and Bodrum. They can be hailed as they pass.
Taxi cabs are yellow with taxi signs on the roof. They have meters with two different rates: from midnight till 6am it can be up to 50% more expensive than during daytime. The main taxi rank is at Bodrum bus terminal, located only 10 minutes from the castle, but you can hail taxis anywhere in town. Azmakbasi Taxi: +90 252 316 2883 115/A Kumbahçe mahallesi Cumhuriyet caddesi. Ahmet´s Taxi Güllük - Milas - Bodrum:: +90 535 244 0355 Ahmet Bozan, Güllük (Milas)
Turkish post offices can be recognized by the PTT-symbol in yellow and black and the main post office is called Merkez Postanesi. The big post offices are open 8am - midnight Monday to Saturday and 9am-7pm on Sundays and the smaller offices from 8.30am -12.30pm and from 1.30pm – 5.30pm and may be closed at weekends. They are normally currency exchange points. PTT: 3, Cevat Şakir Caddesi, Bodrum +90 252 316 1212 Ptt-konacık Şubesi: 1 Merkez Mh. Ipekyolu Cad. Ferah Sok., +90 252 319 0302
Pharmacies are called Eczane in Turkish and have a big E sign hanging on the storefront. The general opening hours are 9am - 7pm on weekdays and Saturdays but there is always one pharmacy open on Sundays and nighttime. A sign on the pharmacy´s front door indicates the address and telephone number of the pharmacy on duty. KIVANÇ Eczanesi 9/B, Dr. Mumtaz Ataman Cad., Bodrum +90 31 31 075 Mete Eczanesi 193/A Akyarlar Koyu Ataturk Cad., Bodrum +90 39 36 855
Country Code: +90 Area Code: (0) 252
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