Homer’s description of Bodrum as “The land of eternal blue” and the words of another resident of Bodrum, Cevat Sakir, who said “The heavenly bliss of life in Bodrum is better than any eternal bliss that may await us” were not without foundation in reality.
Bodrum has a unique history and wealthy natural resources such as crystal clear waters, sandy beaches, all year round climate that makes it a site for human settlement for many centuries since ancient times.
Built on a peninsula and moulded by its eastern and western harbours, Bodrum, with its narrow streets winding down to the sea, is famous for its castle, its world-renowned yachts, its shipyards and the dazzling white houses and tombs lining the shores of its two harbours. The city was called Halicarnassus of Caria in ancient times and was famous for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Bodrum Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century, overlooks the harbour and the marina. The castle grounds include a Museum of Underwater Archeology and hosts several cultural festivals throughout the year.
Today Bodrum has everything that one would expect to find in a vacation getaway. It is an important tourist centre in both winter and summer. It is possible to dream away by a chorus of bird song in a peaceful cove while you can also have an outrageous time out on the town until dawn. Bodrum has what it takes to make everyone feel at home…
Explore the narrow streets adorned with colorful bougainvillea and the tranquility of the white-washed houses.
Visit the hand-made leather sandal craftmanshops on Cumhuriyet caddesi (Also known as Barstreet).
Pick one of the yachts from the harbour and take a daily boat cruise to experience the unforgettable smell of the sea and to discover the most amazing secluded bays.
End the day at Lemon Cafe located at Gumusluk bay, the perfect place to watch the sunset. Sit and enjoy your chilled wine while you watch the sunset.
g2o Cultural Tip
Besides the famous St. Peters Castle there are many other things to see in the direct surroundings of this lovely town, like the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the ancient amphitheatre or the Ottoman shipyard.
g2o Hot Table
Eat at Mimoza Fish Restaurant: situated in Gumusluk, which is one of the most beautiful coves on the Bodrum Peninsula. The restaurant’s spectacular location, close to the stone pier at the harbour of the ancient city of Myndos, is unique and the ambiance is perfect … like a dream!
Try Shrimp Casserole and Marinated Sea bass.
Eat at Kocadon Restaurant: located in an authentic courtyard and amazingly accented by palm trees, banana plants and the deep blue Aegean. This is magic in Bodrum.
Try Octopus Carpaccio with mastic sauce and Grilled artichoke salad with mint and dill served with olive oil, lemon and pomegranate sauce.
Eat at Liman Meatball Restaurant: located right across the Bodrum Marina, lovely positioned on the seafront.
Try Meatballs served with tomato sauce, yoghurt and butter.