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BodrumBodrum — with its picturesque crescents and white-washed houses — is a year-round travel haven. This port city, nestled on the western coast of Turkey, has earned its reputation as 'Turkey's Saint-Tropez', and lives up to it with flair. But there's more to Bodrum than just sun, sand and sea. Today, it stands as a key centre of trade, art and entertainment. This coastal gem effortlessly weaves the traditional and the modern, crafting a harmony that is quintessentially Bodrum.
The CityBodrum's name has evolved over the centuries. Originally known as Halikarnassus, ruled by the satrap (provincial governor) Mausollos, the city took on a new identity after his death in 352 BC. He was interred in a magnificent tomb, counted as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. So pivotal was this architectural marvel, it coined a new term — Mausoleum. As time wore on, Halikarnassus transformed into Petronion, which then became Bodrum in Turkish. By the 1920s, Bodrum's remoteness saw it serve as a place of exile. Perhaps it's this isolation that lured artists and bohemians. By the 1970s, Bodrum had blossomed into 'Turkey's Saint-Tropez', buzzing with vibrant entertainment and nightlife. Today, many Turkish celebrities own holiday homes in the city. Bodrum's city centre is compact and easily navigable, with most attractions within strolling distance. The main street hugs the coastline, keeping the sea always within reach. While Bodrum has matured into a jet-set favourite, it still welcomes any tourist with open arms. Wander through the stunning natural landscapes, discover popular city sights, and marvel at the rich tapestry of history on display — it's an experience that's hard to resist.
Do & See
Bodrum is a captivating holiday destination, offering a rich blend of intriguing historical sites and idyllic beachfront relaxation spots for the sun-seekers. Its close proximity to the Aegean Sea opens up a world of exploration — from the shimmering waters to the hidden reefs and caves. Meanwhile, the fascinating ruins of the ancient city of Halikarnassus continue to enchant travellers, casting a spell with their rich history and timeless charm.
Lapped by the Aegean Sea, Bodrum's culinary scene is a tapestry woven with traditional fisherman's fare and a blend of Eastern and Western influences. The city, flourishing on a peninsula rich with diverse flora, adds a dash of wild herbs and traditional spices to its cuisine, gifting it an unmistakable flavour. Neyzen Tevfik Street, a charming artery encircling the port, is bursting with restaurants and bars offering a taste of the city. Serving mainly traditional Turkish fare, they offer a mouth-watering insight into the city's culinary favourites, typically featuring perfectly spiced mains of meat or fish, complemented by a side of bread — a staple at any Turkish table.
Tea culture in Bodrum, much like the rest of Turkey, boasts a history that stretches back hundreds of years and permeates the heart and soul of Turkish life. More than a beverage, tea is seen as a symbol of hospitality and a vital piece of the country's cultural fabric. Turks relish their time spent in cafes — particularly in the cool shade of outdoor courtyards — enjoying a cup of sweet herbal or apple tea. No tea-time is complete without the traditional treat of baklava — a sweet, rich pastry layered with nuts and pistachios. Caffeine aficionados will get a chance to taste the rich, dark Turkish coffee. Brewed in a traditional pot known as a 'cezve', it's enjoyed slowly, allowing time for conversation and relaxation, and a game of Tawula (Turkish Backgammon). A symbol of hospitality and friendship, this potent brew often concludes meals and is usually accompanied by a piece of Turkish delight or a square of dark chocolate, creating a perfect harmony of strong and sweet flavours.
Bars & Nightlife
Allow your feet to cool in the water at one of the numerous seafront bars along Cumhuriyet Caddesi — the pulsating heart of the city's nightlife. Alternatively, lose yourself in the rhythm of the Turkish club scene at venues scattered across the town. As night falls, the tranquil port city of Bodrum morphs into a haven for night owls, offering a wealth of bars and clubs to satisfy every party preference.
Bodrum, a former fishing village, has transformed itself into a sought-after resort destination. Its allure extends beyond the stunning remnants of its ancient past, offering retail therapy as a delightful counterbalance to the historical sightseeing. Upscale boutiques cluster around the luxurious marina, while shopping malls — a relatively new phenomenon in Turkey — are dotted around the city. However, it's the vibrant market scene that truly encapsulates the spirit of Bodrum shopping. 'Pazar', the open market, invites you to haggle over a treasure trove of goods. Whether it's flea markets, clothing stalls or fruit and vegetable vendors, Bodrum offers a rich tapestry of shopping experiences, earning its reputation as a consumer paradise.