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Bodrum Turkey : Places to Visit
Castles & Ancient Cities

Bodrum Turkey, the greatest district of Mugla, has a population of 152,440 people. In the summer, it becomes one of the most crowded holiday resorts in the country with a population of over 700 thousand.

Bodrum Turkey was named after St. Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. The city, which was named 'Petrium', has reached today as petrum, potrum and Bodrum in time.



Bodrum is a city that has hosted countless civilizations that have bridged the past and the future for 5000 years. Known as "Halicarnassos" in ancient times, Bodrum has witnessed the struggles for itself throughout its history.

Bodrum Turkey is a tourism center that attracts many tourists not only with its sunny beaches, blue tours and famous nightlife but also with cultural tourism.



Built on a peninsula, Bodrum is famous for its narrow streets, amphitheater, windmill and white painted houses.

You can have a pleasant holiday by walking in the narrow streets of Bodrum, which has the facilities to meet tourists of all income levels and swim in the deep blue and clean sea. Turkey's most cosmopolitan and sophisticated city, one of the fun in this resort full of flamboyant nightlife and music are available.


The Climate of Bodrum Turkey


Winters are mild and rainy, summers are hot and dry. However, the "breeze" blowing in the afternoon of the summer reduces the effect of the heat.



The towns of Bodrum Turkey


The towns of Bodrum: Bitez, Golturkbüku, Gumusluk, Gundogan, Konacık, Mumcular, Ortakent, Yahsi, Turgutreis, Yali, Yalikavak.


Villages of Bodrum Turkey




All the villages of Bodrum Turkey are very beautiful and attract local and foreign tourists. Here are the villages of Bodrum:

Akyarlar, Bahceyakasi, Camlik, Potter, Dagbelen, Derekoy, Gokpinar, Gurece, Guvercinlik, İslamhaneleri, Kemer, Kumkoy, Mazikoy, Peksimet, Pinarlibelen, Tepecik, Sazkoy, Yakakoy, Yenikoy.



Places to visit in Bodrum Turkey


Ancient Cities


Antique Theater: It is located on the Bodrum-Turgutreis road. The stage section of the theater was excavated and the seats were restored for a capacity of 13,000-seat.


Rock Tombs: in Bodrum Turkey is above the theater and on the slope are rock tombs from the Hellenistic and Roman periods.


Myndos Gate: It was one of the entrance gates of Halicarnassos to the west of the city. Myndos gate consisted of two monumental towers and an inner courtyard behind them with the door to the Bodrum Turkey. The first phase of the repair of the walls and towers to the north of this gate was completed in 1999.


Cifit Castle (Aspat): It was established on a rocky hill near Bağla Bay in the southwest of the peninsula. There are ruins of various civilizations.





Ancient Cities: Myndos (Gumusluk), Termena (Akcaalan) Telmessos (Gurece), Kadyanda (Asagigol), Theangela (Etrin) are ancient cities located on the peninsula.



Stratonikeia: The ruins in Eskihisar village, on the Yatagan - Milas highway, are home to rich ruins from the Carian, Roman and Byzantine periods.


Lagina: You can reach Hekate temple in Yatağan's Turgut location by going from the dirt road (9 km.). It is understood from the excavations that Lagina, one of the important centers of Caria, has been inhabited since the ancient Bronze Age.


Sedir Adeun (Kedreae): Sedir Island, which can be reached by sea from Gokova - Akyaka or Camlikoy, is one of the favorite ruins of the Bodrum Turkey with its natural and historical beauties. The Temple of Apollo, the theater, and the ancient harbor are the first ruins on the island. The famous Cleopatra beach is also on this island.


Cisterns: Cisterns built by the Ottomans and defined as 'Gumbet' today can be seen throughout the peninsula. They were built in their name by the wealthy of the time.



Castles in Bodrum Turkey


Bodrum Turkey Castle (Saint Petrum): It was built by the Knights of Rhodes in 99 years in the name of Peter in the 15th century. Saint Petrum was founded on the Zephyrion Island at the point where Halicarnassos was first established. Stones and reliefs of Mausolos Memorial Tomb were used on the walls of the castle during the construction of the castle.


During the Ottoman period, a minaret was added to the church inside the castle and turned into a mosque. In addition, a small Turkish bath was built. The castle, which was used as a prison in 1595, is today organized as a museum.





 It has an area of ​​approximately 30,000 square meters, has 5 towers. These are French, English, Italian, German towers and the Serpentine Tower.



Mosques and Tombs in Bodrum Turkey


Mustafa Pasha Mosque: The Kizilhisar Mustafa Pasha built this mosque when he came to Bodrum to build a shipyard (1723).


Tepecik Mosque: It was built by Hamam Aga, the steward of Mustafa Pasha.


Courthouse Mosque: It was built in 1901 with money sent by II. Abdulhamit and collected from the public.


Saldirsah Horasani Tomb, Domed Tomb, Mustafa Pasha Tomb where tombs of Mustafa Pasha and Kaptan-i Derya Cafer Pasha are found, Koyunbaba Tomb, are tombs worth seeing.



Entertain places in Bodrum Turkey

Bodrum Turkey is an important town on the Aegean coast, known for its colorful life. In addition to the liveliness and colorfulness that changes at each hour of the day, the utter attraction of the nightlife is the main character of Bodrum.

Starting from Iskele Square and continuing to Kumbahce neighborhood, on Cumhuriyet Street, taverns, discotheques, taverns and bars, which are encountered every step of the summer nights, allow people of all ages to have fun.

The view of the castle, which shines like an ancient charm in the mysterious darkness of Bodrum Turkey nights, adds a different beauty to Bodrum evenings.



Yacht Tourism 


Bodrum Turkey is the center of yacht tourism, which includes construction, maintenance, repair and operation. The tradition of building gulet type boats, whose name is almost identified with Bodrum, is maintained in the İçmeler Shipyard. 30-meter-long luxury sailing yachts can be built with modern technology in the shipyard-sized facility.



There is a marina with a capacity of 275 yachts in Bodrum Turkey. In addition, maintenance, repair and wintering services are provided for yachts in 12 slipways. Bodrum yacht races are perhaps the only yacht races in the world in which completely inexperienced people and even babies can participate.

Bodrum Cup is the most comfortable race for luxury gulets with a length of 15-30 meters. Anyone can participate actively in the race or enjoy the environment by leaving the job to the crew.



Blue Voyage


The Gulf of Gokova, which stretches from Bodrum Turkey to the southeast, is a sea voyage discovered by Halicarnassus Fisherman and Azra Erhat. It has been called the 'Blue Voyage' since they gave this name.

As the boats sail from Bodrum Turkey towards Gokova, they discover the harmony of blue and green, the beauty beneath clear waters.

Boatbuilding and maritime that have been taking place in Bodrum for hundreds of years have increased with the demand for tourism and yacht tourism. It has become the most important source of income for Bodrum.

Karaada, Kargacik Buku, Pabuc Cape, Kargi Island, Alakisla and Cokertme are the first places to be seen on the Blue Voyage. Clear and wooded bays such as Small Roof, Big Roof, Seven Islands, Longoz, Degirmen Buku and Karacasogut are important stops of the Blue Voyage Bodrum Turkey.

In addition to natural beauties, it is visited in historical places such as Sedir Island, Keramos Ancient City and Seven Islands. It is necessary to allocate 7-10 days for this journey made by creating groups. 

Bodrum is an old favorite city of Turkey, the scarce of land in the area, the prices of properties offering excellent returns on investment houses for sale in Turkey as well as an ever-increasing appreciation of capital.

Bodrum has the best alternatives to real estate Turkey. If you are in search of apartments for sale in Turkey and want to make a smart investment Bodrum is one of the best alternatives for you.


Beaches in Bodrum: The Most Beautiful Bays to Swim


What are the best beaches in Bodrum?


Beaches in Bodrum with 67 blue flag, are the most beautiful beaches in the world. Bodrum is one of the most beautiful city with bluest flagged resorts of Turkey. Bodrum Turkey Peninsula is so attractive that every part of it is like a part of heaven. Due to the structure of the mountains in the Aegean Region, there are lots of bays on the Bodrum Peninsula. Most of them are called "mansions", for instance the most famous one among them is "Bitez Mansion".

Beaches in Bodrum and unique bays made this city as one of the perfect sea holiday destination. The most popular and visited beaches in Bodrum peninsula are: Turgutreis, Kadikalesi, Gumusluk, Akyarlar, Karaincir, Aspat, Bagla, Kargi Bay (Camel Beach), Gumbet, Bitez, Golturkbuku, Cennet Bay, Yalikavak, Gundogan, Guvercinlik, Gulluk.


18 Most Popular Beaches in Bodrum Turkey




Is one of the beautiful beaches in Bodrum which is 25 kilometers from Bodrum. It is a wonderfully beautiful bay where green and blue are intertwined. In addition to this natural and insatiable beauty, Guvercinlik attracts attention with Salih Island opposite.




It is a quiet village 5 kilometers from Bodrum. Boat tours are organized to Didim, Milet and Priene from Torba beach in Bodrum. It is a cute and lively bay where the greenery of pine and olive trees meets a sparkling sea.




Golkoy beach in Bodrum is 13 kilometers in north. It is one of the natural wonders of Bodrum Turkey where pine, tangerine and palm trees meet with a cool sea.




Gundogan Beach in Bodrum is less touched by human hands and still preserves its beauty in its most natural form. It is 18 kilometers away from Bodrum and is famous for its tangerine gardens.




The village is18 kilometers from Bodrum Turkey in the northwest of the peninsula. Another feature of Yalikavak, famous for its windmills, wonderful beaches in Bodrum, fish and citrus, is that the most famous sponge makers come from here.




It is one of the oldest settlements on the peninsula. It is possible to see the ruins of the old harbor that connects Rabbit Island to the land in the region. Gumusluk, which is famous for its clear beach in Bodrum and fish, also draws attention with its rich flora.




Kadikalesi, surrounded by a clear beach in Bodrum and citrus groves, is 23 kilometers from Bodrum. It is named after the castle ruin, which is one of the examples of Hellenistic period architecture.




The town, named after the famous Turkish sailor Admiral Turgut Reis, is the most populous settlement on the peninsula after Bodrum. Turgut Reis, which is one of the places where the sunset is best watched, is famous for its tangerine gardens.




 This bay has a beautiful beach in Bodrum and a sparkling sea, is 13 kilometers away from the city. Akyarlar, whose ancient name is Arhialla, is remarkable with its extremely suitable conditions for surfing.


Bagla | Beaches in Bodrum:


Having one of the most beautiful bays and beaches of the peninsula. Bagla is very suitable for camping and is 14 km away from Bodrum.




The old name of Aspat, which is mentioned in local folk songs, is Aspartos. Remains of various civilizations from the Classical Age to the present can be seen in the region rising on the sea shore and magnificent beach in Bodrum after Bagla.




Ortakent, which is famous for its tangerine gardens, beautiful beach in Turkey and warm sea, is 14 kilometers from Bodrum. It is one of the most suitable points to observe the village life in Bodrum.


Bitez Beach in Bodrum:


Bitez, which is 10 kilometers away from Bodrum, is one of the most beautiful corners where blue and green meet with the tangerine gardens covering the land between the village and the sea.


Karaada (Black Island):


Located about 6 kilometers from Bodrum, Karaada is famous for its healing hot water. It is said that this water coming out of a natural cave and the mud in the cave have an effect on various diseases. Also, consists a great beach in Bodrum.


Ada Bogazi (Aquarium): Beaches in Bodrum


It is named Aquarium because of the clarity of the water. The sea floor, with a depth of up to 30 m, off the inner island, can be seen with the naked eye.


Karaincir (Black Fig):


Every bay sea and beach in the Bodrum Peninsula is beautiful, but this is generally the most appreciated place. It has a clear and smooth sea, and its bottom is sand.

Since it is a shallow sea with a great beach in Bodrum, you can walk while watching the sand your feet lift on the sea floor. However, the sea is a little bit colder than other bays, but it can be enjoyed on warm summer days for refreshing.

There are lots of cafes side by side on the Karaincir beach in Bodrum and if you eat and drink something, you can have the sunbeds and umbrellas withoy any other payment. Since the sea makes everyone hungry, it is better to have some snacks. For those who do not want this, there is also a public beach next door.


Karaincir beach in Bodrum is between Akyarlar and Bagla.

Moreover, there are numerous pensions and apart hotels right in the interior, you can choose for accommodation.


Kargı Koyu (Camel Beach):


Almost every boat tour comes this bay, which is full of foreign tourists. It takes its English name from the camels that visitors ride and walk around a few steps.

There are a small number of cafes along the beach but the prices are suitable to foreign tourists. If you eat or drink something, you can use the sunbeds and umbrellas free.


It is between Akyarlar and Bitez. You can also reach by not stopping on your way from Bodrum to Bitez, but continuing on the same road.


Cennet Koyu (Paradise Beaches in Bodrum):


This bay, which is also famous as "Paradise Beach", is the most preferred place of celebrities and foreign tourists in Bodrum. Of course, celebrities both stay in very expensive boutique hotels or do the best and cruise on their boats.


Access to Paradise beach in Bodrum is a bit difficult and there are not a lot of facilities. Because it’s not a crowded beach. Its nature is very well preserved and it deserves its name to the fullest.

It is situated between Golturkbuku and Torba Bay.




Gulluk is taking place on the right side of the road just before entering the Bodrum Peninsula, very near to the airport.

It is a noiseless place far from the hustle and bustle of Bodrum center. There are mostly summer sites. As there are many bays in Bodrum and each one is more beautiful than the other.


Traditional Bodrum Houses


Besides the beaches in Bodrum the traditional houses also draws attention with its magnificent architecture.

The common features of traditional Bodrum architecture are windowless ground floors, second floor doors, and entry with stairways or bridges.

These houses, which are under protection by law, can be observed intensively in the center, Ortakent, and in Kocakaya village above Gumusluk.

The artist who settled here creates an important attraction value for the houses they have restored to Bodrum by personalities such as literary figures.

Bodrum Turkey has been under the rule of Persians, Macedonians, Roman Empire and Byzantium throughout history. After the defeat of the Seljuk Sultan Alpaslan in Malazgirt in 1071, Byzantium lost its Anatolian sovereignty.

It was placed in Halikarnassos by the Ottoman ruler Mehmet Çelebi in 1415. The Knights of Rhodes established sovereignty in the region by building today's Bodrum Castle. Kanuni Sultan Suleyman, who turned the Mediterranean into a Turkish lake, added Bodrum to the Ottoman lands along with Rhodes in the Rhodes Campaign he organized in 1522.