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ABOUT BODRUM

An impressive medieval castle built by the Knights of Rhodes guards the entrance to Bodrum's dazzling blue bay, in which the Aegean and the Mediterranean Seas meet. The town's charm is well-known, attracting a diverse population of vacationers who stroll along its long palm-lined waterfront, while elegant yachts crowd the marina.

Not far from town, you can swim in absolutely clear, tideless, warm seas. Underwater divers, especially, will want to explore the numerous reefs, caves and majestic rock formations. The waters offer up multicolored sponges of all shapes and sizes, octopus and an immense variety of other aquatic life.

The reputation of Bodrum's boatyards dates back to ancient times, and today, craftsmen still build the traditional yachts: the Tirhandil with a pointed bow and stern, and the Gullets with a broad beam and rounded stern. The latter, especially, are used on excursions and pleasure trips, and in the annual October Cup Race.

Bodrum has gained the reputation as the centre of the Turkish art community, with its lively, friendly and Bohemian atmosphere and many small galleries. This community has encouraged an informal daytime life style and a night-time of excitement. The evenings in Bodrum are for sitting idly in one of the many restaurants, dining on fresh seafood and other Aegean specialties. Afterwards night clubs (some with cabaret) and superb discos keep you going until dawn. One of the best one is Club Catamaran :
www.clubcatamaran.com 

Bodrum, known in ancient times as Halikarnas which was the capital of Caria, was the birthplace of Herodotus and the site of King Mausolou's Tomb (4th century B.C.), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the harbour, Bodrum Castle, or the medieval castle of St. Peter, is a fine example of 15th century crusader architecture, and has been converted into the Museum of Underwater Archeology, with remains dating as far back as the Bronze Age. The stunning panoramic view from Goktepe, nearby, is much photographed by visitors to the Museum's 2nd century theater.

The beautiful Bodrum Peninsula suits holidaymakers interested in a subdued and relaxing atmosphere. Enchanting villages, with guesthouses and small hotels on quiet bays, dot the peninsula. On the southern coast, Bardakci, Gümbet, Bitez, Ortakent, Karaincir, Bagla and Akyarlar have fine, sandy beaches. Campers and windsurfers enjoy Gümbet, and at Bitez colourful sail boards weave skillfully among the masts of yachts in the bay.

On shore you can enjoy quiet walks through the orange and tangerine groves bordering the beach. Ortakent has one of the longest stretches of sandy beach in the area and offers an ideal place for relaxing in solitude. One of the most beautiful beaches on the Bodrum peninsula, Karaincir, is ideal for lively active days by the sea and relaxed, leisurely evenings with local villagers. Finally, Akyarlar enjoys a well-deserved reputation for the fine, powdery sand of its beach, it's also considered as one of the best beaches in the world.

Turgutreis, Gumusluk and Yalikavak, all with excellent beaches, lie on the western side of the peninsula and are ideal for swimming, sunbathing and water sports. In Turgutreis, the birthplace of a great Turkish Ottoman admiral of the same name, you will find a monument honouring him. In the ancient port of Myndos, Gümüslük, you can easily make many friends with the hospitable and outgoing local population. In Yalikavak white-washed houses with cascading bougainvillea line narrow streets. Small cafes and the occasional windmill create a picturesque setting.

Activities on the Bodrum Peninsula
It could be argued that the main reason people choose to holiday in Turkey is for the sunshine, beaches, water sports activities and lively nightlife - which is probably true - but there are so many other ways to enjoy yourself here on the Bodrum peninsula - listed below are 7 of our favourites:-
(1) Traditional Turkish Bath at Bodrum Hamami
Get your skin in tip top condition and ready for the beach with a visit to a traditional Turkish Bath. Wrap yourself in the large "pestamal" (a traditional towel) and enter the hot bathing area to enjoy an exfoliating scrub, massage and foaming wash - after which you can relax on the large, heated marble platform allowing your skin to perspire and cleanse.
http://www.bodrumhamami.com.tr


(2) Dedeman Aqua Park Bodrum
A great family day out with free shuttle service for all the family (no entry charge for children under 6 years of age) at the largest water and amusement park in Turkey (40,000 m2) with 5 pools and rivers (including Wave Pool) and 24 slides. Are you brave enough to try the Kamikaze Slider?

(3) Bodrum Castle and Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology
Take a trip back in time to the worlds of the ancient mariners who sailed to meet their destiny, shipwrecked on Anatolian shores, and to the medieval Age of the Knights of St John who built Bodrum Castle from stones that once were part of one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

(4) Turgutreis Country Ranch
Home to 27 horses, German, English, strong Haflinger ponies, Arabian Turkish mix-breed mares, suitable for beginners to advanced riders. Horse riding lessons, pony trekking, horse safari, dog handling/training centre (44 kennels), mini zoo and play area, restaurant/café, Sunday brunch (0900-1400) -15TL.

(5) Bodrum Oasis Centre
A stunning and modern shopping, culture and entertainments centre (5 cinema complex) with open air areas, breathtaking water features, water lily pools, palm trees, bougainvillea and ancient olive trees. Recommended: Chinese Inn Restaurant open buffet lunch (Monday to Friday).

(6) Bodrum Golf Club
Set in 15 acres of land with restaurant/café and day spa, 200mt long driving range, practice putting area, pitching - chipping areas, bunkers and a 5-hole course (first hole PAR 4, the others PAR 3. 

(7) Bazaar/(Market) Days

MARKET DAYS IN AND AROUND BODRUM
Mondays
Güvercinlik
Tuesdays
Bodrum (fabrics and clothing)
Wednesdays
Gümüslük and Ortakent
Thursdays
Bodrum (food) and Yalikavak
Fridays
Bodrum (food) and Bitez
Saturdays
Turgutreis (food and clothing)
Sundays
Mumcular and Gumbet