Bodrum, A Different Side of Europe

Bodrum is situated in the Southwestern Aegean Region of Turkey and in ancient times was formally known as Halicarnassus of Carla. A coastal town, mostly Islamic in which traditional and modern life go hand-in-hand.

It really does offer a different side of Europe with its rich history and unique ruins. Notably The Mausoleum of Mausolus which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and originally built between 353 and 350 BC and back then stood approximately 148ft in height. Also the Bodrum Castle of St. Peter, it is a unique blend of modern meets ancient architecture. This medieval fortress has always been a monumental symbol of the unity of Christian Europe against the ascending power of the Ottoman Empire. The castle even includes a Museum of Underwater Archeology and today hosts several cultural festivals throughout the year.

For tourists who want to stay up late, Bodrum has more bars per area than any other place in Turkey. The nightclubs, cafes and restaurants stay open all night to house Bodrum’s party-goers. After Istanbul, Bodrum’s nightlife really is something special and boasts nightlife to appeal to all tastes.

During the day, summers are extremely hot with the breeze from the seas cooling the air. June, July and August are the hottest months as the weather combines the best of the Aegean and Mediterranean to offer endless hot summers, mild winters and extremely low humidity.

Some of the best beaches in Turkey can be found 30 minutes from Bodrum including Gunusluk and Bagla. And staying in Bodrum offers a real variety of hotels to meet all needs. The hills towards the East and West of the town is one of the more quieter places to stay. Bodrum is surrounded by various five star hotels to suit all tastes and budgets.

The economy of Bodrum was once known for it’s fishing and sponge diving but today, it’s main economy is based on the tourism of the country. With all its ornate past Bodrum is a fantastic and interesting place to visit. With the Ephesus just North of Bodrum which is one of the highlights of Turkey and the Turtle Beach tour of Dalyan river which offers a trip to the world famous mud baths and the Lycian Rock Tombs. There is so much to see and do in Bodrum, Bodrum after all is sun, sea and history…

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