Bodrum, Turkey’s Turquoise Coast at its most vibrant.
Formerly Halicarnassus, this resort is known for its marina lined with bobbing yachts; historic tourist attractions; and photogenic whitewashed beach houses that line the bay. But there’s more to explore beyond these sandy shores if you’re curious about its fascinating history.
Bodrum Castle and Museum
Bodrum Castle, one of the most renowned sights on Bodrum’s promontory east of its harbor, stands proud as an iconic sight. Built by the Knights of St. John in 15th-century, this 15th-century structure was previously a military base, prison and public baths but is now a museum featuring shipwreck exhibits from all around the world that were recovered by underwater searchers.
What to See in Bodrum: An Ancient Site
While on vacation in Turkey, why not explore some ancient ruins on the peninsula? Despite being close by to Bodrum city center, these remains rarely receive visitors despite their captivating setting. Head west of town towards Myndos Gate – part of an impressive ancient city wall which deserves a visit if you’re planning a day trip to Ephesus or another major archaeological site in Turkey.
After a day at the beach, nothing beats taking a leisurely walk through Bodrum’s bazaar for some shopping! From Turkish and Central Asian textiles to vibrant local pottery and handcrafted woodwork, there’s something for everyone here. Plus, it makes perfect souvenirs to remember your stay in Bodrum!