Apart from housing one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, this city is a tourist magnet thanks to its many historical monuments, magnificent harbour replete with yachts, and its hospitable inhabitants. Of course the city’s marvellous weather is also a draw for tourists. The scenic views this peninsula offers over the Aegean Sea together with the picturesque whitewashed homes that populate the villages there will make sightseers fall in love with Bodrum. In terms of accommodation, holidaymakers can look forward to stays in massive villas with private pools, beautiful retreats overlooking the bay as well as lavish duplex apartments.
Those who travel to Bodrum with a desire to sightsee will be glad they made that decision. The ruins of the Mausoleum of Mausolus, for starters, are found here. Mausolus was an ancient ruler who ruled over the Carians, some of the earliest settlers of Bodrum, between 377 and 353 BC. Upon his death Greek architects were brought in to build a monument and a tomb for him. What remains of this once elaborate 46-metre pyramid-like structure has been christened one of the Wonders of the Ancient World. Other than sightseeing, visitors to these parts love taking cruises in the calm Aegean waters as well as indulging in the usual water sports such as swimming, diving and wind surfing. Party animals will want to visit Halikarnus, a humongous outdoor nightclub and those who want a relaxed drink can repair to Kuba, an ambient resto-lounge. These are among the several establishments in Bodrum that promise a good time and excellent Turkish cuisine.
Overlooking the marina and harbour is the majestic Bodrum Castle which was constructed by the crusaders in the 15th century. There is plenty of history behind this structure which started out as the Castle of St. Peter in 1402. It was designed by a German knight-architect and built with materials from the Mausoleum of Mausolus. The castle now serves as a museum in which the remains of several shipwrecks can now be found. A trip to the Bodrum Amphitheatre is also an integral part of the Bodrum experience. This structure was built during the reign of Mausolus and is quite well preserved.
This locale has excellent holiday weather and those looking to spend their summer there should prepare for hot days of temperatures as high as 40°C. During this time it is vain to plan for rainy weather as it is quite dry. In winter the weather is quite mild with temperatures rarely venturing below 8°C. During this season, more specifically in December, there is high likelihood of showers.
Visitors to this part of Turkey will ordinarily enter via the Milas-Bodrum Airport which is about half an hour away from Bodrum. Charter flights from most European cities bring tourists from various countries. EasyJet and Jet2.com are some of the airliners tourists can book cheap flights from. At the airport are taxis as well as rental cars from Europcar and other car hire firms to enable tourists to get around.