ABOUT AEGEAN REGION / BODRUM
Bodrum, – These resorts have a unique style. Bodrum’s neighborhood is comprised of populated mountainous areas. The shore depicts picturesque bays and clear-cut waters. All the houses in the resort settlement are built in similar style with single or two-story buildings of white or light yellow.
You can have:
- An elegant white yacht with your own personal captain for either one or two weeks
- Modern upscale hotels and luxurious villas, which attract tourists from all over the world
- All kinds of authentic restaurants with mixed Mediterranean and local cuisines
- Lively bars with colorful cocktails and good music
- Popular nightclubs with some of the biggest discos in Europe.
What to do?
- There are plenty of beautiful beaches to relax at during the day with many villages to explore. Two of the most popular nightclubs – Catamaran and Halicarnassus are located in the city of Bodrum. Halicarnassus is known for their famous foam shows gathers a few thousand people making it the second largest club, not only in Turkey, but in all of Europe as well. Catamaran – an all night dance party on a fully glass-bottomed boat. One full hour of the night is simply dedicated to touring the coastal waters of Bodrum just to make sure the tourists don’t miss out on the midnight scenic views this city has to offer.
- In the afternoon you can go to one of the many attractions, the most famous of which is the ancient Halicarnassus Mausoleum; the only museum of underwater archeology in Turkey.
- Bodrum’s large water park, the “Dedeman”, is also a sought after attraction with many people traveling from all over Marmaris to experience its thrill.
Bodrum is located on the southwest region of the Aegean Coast and is an international centre for tourism and yachting. In summer bars and clubs appear throughout Bodrum. However, Bodrum is best known for having the largest and loudest outdoor nightclub in the Mediterranean; Halikarnas. It has a capacity of 5000 people and internationally known DJ’s tour throughout summer.
The first settlers in Bodrum were the Carians, then the city was colonised by the Dorian Greeks, only to fall under the Persian rule.
SIGHTS AND ATTRACTIONS
CASTLE OF ST PETER
In 1402 the Ottoman Empire was thrown off balance, by the invasion of the Tamerlane. At this point Bodrum was captured by the Knights Hospitaller based in Rhodes. They built a castle of St Peter; this castle soon became a storage place for booty collected from underwater archaeology missions. It is now Bodrum’s Museum of Underwater Archaeology. It is now classified as the most important underwater museum in the world. There are also spectacular views from the Battalions.
The castle also hosts several festivals throughout the year.
The Mausoleum of Mausolus is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Mausolus ruled Caria for the Persians from 377 to 353 BC. When he passed away his wife undertook construction of a tomb and monument in his honour. It was a temple like structure, decorated with relics and statuary on a massive base. The Mausoleum consisted of a white marble tomb, topped with a stepped pyramid.
Unfortunately the Mausoleum was broken up by crusaders in 1522, with the pieces being used as building materials.
Today the site has pleasant gardens, with only a few pre-Mausoleum stairways, tomb chambers, the Mausoleum drainage system, the entry to the tomb chamber, small parts of the wall and some marble columns remain.