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What to visit in Bodrum, Turkey?

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What to visit in Bodrum, Turkey?

Bodrum is an interesting mix of traditional Mediterranean culture and modern Turkish lifestyle. Located on the shores of the Agean Sea, Bodrum has become an appreciated holiday destination. Tourists flock to the city to enjoy its warm climate, numerous historical sites and vibrant nightlife. If you want to visit Bodrum, here are some of the great attractions that you should check out.

1. Bodrum Castle

The Bodrum Castle is one of the main attractions for visitors to the city. Built by the Crusaders in the 15th century, it’s the largest castle in the region. It features historic artifacts, monuments and artifacts from the various empires that have occupied the region throughout history. During the day, you can explore the castle grounds and visit the cafes, shops and other attractions within it. In the evening, there are often plays and concerts that take place.

2. Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built in the 4th century BC by Mausolus, a satrap of Caria (now southwest Turkey), it was one of the grandest ancient tombs ever constructed. It may have looked like a temple, but was actually a burial monument for Mausolus and his wife/sister-in-law Artemesia. Although much of it has been destroyed by earthquakes and tomb-robbers, a few statues and pieces of carved stone remain to this day.

3. Bodrum Amphitheatre

The Bodrum Amphitheatre is located in downtown Bodrum, at the heart of the old city centre. Dating back to 4th century BC, it offered Romans seating for nearly 14,000 spectators to watch theatrical performances and gladiator fights. Modern day visitors can explore its ruins and imagine what it must have been like back then. During summer months, open-air concerts are often organised at this amphitheatre.

4. Gumbet Beach

Gumbet Beach is one of Bodrum’s most popular destinations and it’s viewed as one of the best beaches in Europe. Situated near Bodrum town centre, it offers shallow waters and lots of sunshine making it ideal for swimming, parasailing and other beach activities. During summer months, it’s very popular with tourists as it’s close to all bars, pubs and shops in the area. There are also many beach resorts in Gumbet for those who need to take a break from the hustle and bustle of summer vacation in Bodrum.

5. St Peter’s Castle

Located across from the Mausoleum is St Peter’s Castle, a medieval fortress built by the Knights Hospitaller from Rhodes in 1402. The castle offers one of the best vantage points in the city with great views of the harbour and sunset. Visitors can also explore underground tunnels where ships used to dock as well as a mock gunpowder room where they can play with replica weapons.

6. Bar Street

After a day full of sightseeing, check out Bar Street (Barlar Sokagi) to experience the best nightlife and bars that Bodrum has to offer. Here you will find a mix of both locals and tourists enjoying drinks with great music in lively bars. Some of the popular places are Palm Pub, Pink & Jazz and Polly’s pub and they usually stay open until early morning hours!

7. Gokova Natural Park

Located just outside Bodrum is Gokova Natural Park, a protected nature reserve found between Marmaris and Fethiye. Here visitors can explore a variety of habitats including; meadows full of wildflowers and herbs, lakes, wetlands, woods and a large variety of bird species that live in these areas. As well as indigenous species such as turtles and foxes, visitors can also spot many plant species exclusive to this national park.

8. Pedasa

Just an hour’s drive away from Bodrum lies Pedasa, an ancient Hellenistic city with ruins dating back to 4th century BC. This archaeological site features grand columns, ancient gates and fortification walls that are well kept and recently restored by Turkish Ministry Of Culture. It’s well worth visiting to admire its remains as well as appreciate its idyllic setting amongst olive groves and vineyards.

9. Myndos Gate

Myndos Gate is another important site in Bodrum’s history. Located near Bodrum Castle on Bardakci Cape, it was built by Mausolfos on behalf of King Mausolus for protection against enemy attacks in 370BC. Today, it serves as an interesting tourist attraction where visitors can climb up to an old part of the gate which has been recently restored by Bodrum Municipality Council as part of a conservation project Bodrum Scanner Blog.

Visitors to Bodrum can experience centuries worth of history while taking in its stunning scenery. From its beaches to ancient sites, there are many different attractions for everyone who visits this holiday destination!

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What to visit in Bodrum, Turkey?

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