I’m just back from the most fantastic week in Turkey and I want to share my top 5 things to do in Bodrum with you.
1 – Marina and Seafront
Bodrum has a stunning marina, lined with palm trees, flowers and housing some luxury stores. It can berth up to 450 yachts, and you will see many beautiful old wooden boats, or “gulets” that can be chartered for a day trip.
There are quite a few interesting statues to look out for along the way.
You’ll come across this funky chandelier at Fink Beach.
2 – Bodrum Museum
Bodrum Museum is a picturesque site, housed in the Castle and containing the Museum of Underwater Archaelogy. There are many treasures that have been recovered from the sea and it’s very well presented. The castle was actually built from stones that were part of one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, the Mausoleum of Halicarnasus, of which more later!
3 – Bodrum Market
Just a few minutes from the Castle, Bodrum Market is a maze of shady streets and a great place to get out of the sun!
4 – The Mausoleum – 7th Wonder of the Ancient World
After shopping, it’s time for some culture! Today there is not so much left of the Mausoleum, it must have been an incredible sight. It was built as a tribute to Mausolus, the ruler of Halicarnassus by his wife Artemisia when he died in 353 BC. She vowed to create the most impressive tomb in the world. It became one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and made the word “mausoleum” famous. The original tomb is believed to have looked like this model below. It was destroyed by the Crusaders in the 13th century, and rediscovered by the archaeologist Charles Thomas Newton in 1846.
5 – The Antique Theatre
Dating from the 4th century BC, the Antique Theatre is clearly visible from the road.
It’s a 10 minute cab ride from the centre of Bodrum and gives a panoramic view across the bay. It has a capacity of around 13,000 guests and outdoor concerts are sometimes held here.
After all this culture, we had worked up an appetite so headed back to the marina for a magical evening at Istanbul Charcuterie. Located right at the very far end of the marina, it’s next to a working lighthouse. You sit by the rocks, looking out over the boats and the illuminated castle in the distance.
All in all, there is so much to do in Bodrum that you will not be bored! Read about part 1 of my Turkish trip here.