Best Things to do in Bodrum!

The City centre is our first stop.

Bodrum is a fascinating city as it has a pleasing contrast between the Ancient city and a playground for wealthy Turks. It is also a great day trip destination for many tourists who sail, cruise or spend their holiday on a Greece island-like Cos or Rhodes.

The city centre should be your first stop. It has full of restaurants, bars and top-quality shops. Are you looking for a handmade carpet? Or Patek, Hublot or a Rolex watch? You can find almost anything at this magnificent place.

Bodrum Kalesi

It was built from 1402 onwards, by the Knights of St John as the Castle of St. Peter. It took almost 300 years to complete  A transnational effort, it has four towers known as the English, French, German, and Italian towers, bearing the names of the nations responsible for their construction.

Located in the city centre, Bodrum Castle has a beautiful view so like everyone does, you should take a selfie in this spot. If you visit the castle in the summer months, we advise you to visit the castle early in the morning of late in the afternoon as it can be boiling in the summer months.

Fifty years after it was finished, the castle was taken over by the ottoman empire and remained under the Empire for 500 years. In later years, the castle has been used for different purposes. It was used as a military base, as a mosque as a Hamam (public bath) as a prison. After 1921 when Mustafa Kemal Atatürk came to power, the castle stood empty for 40 years.

Bodrum Marine

As I told you before Bodrum is a playground for Rich. It is one of the top five yacht charter bases – in Turkey. The Bodrum yacht base is an excellent starting point for cruises along the Carian coast. This part of the Turkish coastline is very indented and features beautiful scenery and historic sites. Some of the most beautiful Greek islands are also not far away and will take you about a day of sailing to get there.

Rent a car and discover! Bodrum is huge

If you want to explore Bodrum, I would advise you to rent a car. Because in this way you can visit many different places.  The public transport or Dolmus is okay but if you want to explore more than the main city centres than you should rent a car, discover by taxis or participate in tours. For example, Gumusluk is one of the spots we found while travelling. This town is only one of the many cities located nearby Bodrum. Once it was a small fishing village is nowadays famous for its seafood restaurants with live music. During the day you can swim or walk through the sea to a small island called Rabit Island. Even though we did read a lot about Bodrum before our visit, we were stunned to see so many people walking in the see to reach this island. Almost every moment during our road trip around Bodrum, we discovered something new.

After the sunset, the town Gumusluk is getting crowded with fish lovers.  The town’s narrow streets are the place to buy authentic hand-made souvenirs. It is exciting to discover that every shop has something unique that you can not find anywhere else.

Bodrum is a magnificent place for many reasons. Nightlife, Beach, nature, food, history, sailing whatever your goal is, you should visit this city.

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