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What is Bodrum Known For?

Bodrum, known for its stunning beaches, also has a fascinating history dating back to ancient Carian times. At that time it was known as Halicarnassus and had one of the Seven Wonders of the World – Mausolus – built here. Nowadays these remains can be viewed in an open-air museum while making the area an increasingly popular tourist destination.

Bodrum offers a wealth of historical sights to explore, such as St Peter’s Castle with its breathtaking views across the city. Inside you’ll also find an intriguing Underwater Archaeology Museum which houses various items cast overboard or lost cargo from shipwrecks around the region.

The Carian Princess exhibit at the museum focuses on a woman of great wealth who lived 2,400 years ago and is buried in an ancient sarcophagus uncovered during excavations. A must-see for families, this museum provides fascinating insight into Turkey’s ancient past.

Take a leisurely walk along the waterfront promenade and admire all of the boats, cruise ships and yachts as you pass. Or if you’re feeling more energetic, head over to Karnas Vineyards for an exciting wine cellar tour before sampling their delectably crafted wines.

The city’s streets remain alive and thronging with people long into the night. Restaurants and clubs aside, there are also plenty of bars offering entertainment such as live music performances, DJ sets or scenes from movies or telenovelas.