A world-renowned holiday and entertainment peninsula, Bodrum is a paradise for its climate, sea, natural beauty, magnificent coves and history, as well as for its modern nightlife where the show goes on until sunrise. Since the dawn of the time, Bodrum, known in antiquity as Halircarnasus, has amazed its visitors and it carries an imprint of many cultures and civilizations, including the Carian, Leleges', Persian, Dorian, Helen, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman.
Bodrum Castle, built by The Knights of St. John, has become a symbol of the peninsula. At present it hosts the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which was awarded the 'Certificate of Special Commendation' in the 'European Museum of the Year Award' competition in 1995. For the history enthusiast, another must-see place in Bodrum is the remains of the Mausoleum.
The seaside villages, bays and coves of Bodrum, Gümbet, Bitez, Ortakent, Bağla, Aspat, Karaincir, Akyarlar, Turgutreis, Gümüşlük, Yalıkavak, Gündoğan, Göltürkbükü, Torba nd Güllük are world-famous, each for its own charm and peculiarities. Explore Bodrum’s beach life, be it in an active windsurfing paradise or in a small and secluded fishermen’s town.
Special to the coastal area are the blue voyages, a term used for the recreational boating tours departing from Bodrum, Marmaris, Fethiye, Gökova, Fethiye and Antalya. These trips offer unique, tranquil holidays to enjoy the beautiful bays and coves, which can only be reached by sea, to swim in unpolluted waters in a myriad of shades of blue and to visit magnificent antique sites such as Knidos.
ODS Turkey recommends you a visit to Bodrum, the ideal place for those with a zest for the good life - be it locals or international travelers