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Turkish art and crafts...
such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand honed copper, brass ware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes, cotton embroidered clothing, finely designed handbags... all make charming souvenirs and gifts.

BODRUM is one of the place for holiday shopping. Leather and suede goods, jewelry are excellent and relatively inexpensive.

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BODRUM (Ancient Halicarnassus)

BODRUM is a beautiful port city on Turkish Aegean Sea, which is truly an enchanting place in all seasons and a vacation point for Turkish intellectuals, jet-setters and European vacationers. It's large size of bay bordered by white villas and beautiful palm trees, the busy harbor with its elegant yachts.

Entire golf shores are a pure marvel, a succession of sandy beaches, sheltered coves, wooded and desert isles and the water is crystal clear and warm. The golf of Bodrum is truly yachtsmen's paradise...

Click for Bodrum, Turkey Forecast The closest major airport to Bodrum is the Dalaman International Airport. Check for Arrivals and departures).

Dalaman International Airport is located between Turkey's Mediterranean coast cities of Marmaris and Fethiye and it is 76 mi. (~126 km) from the center of Bodrum. The airport is 3 mi. (~5 1/2 km) in distance to south of the Dalaman town center.

From Dalaman Airport there is scheduled HAVAS bus Service to/from Bodrum, Marmaris and Fethiye. For flight information see this page or call to Dalaman Airport at (252)792-5077.

The reputation of Bodrum's boatyards dates back to ancient times, and today, craftsmen still build the traditional motor and sailing boats and yachts. Region's famous 'Gulet' yacht with pine wood, a broad beam and rounded stern made in here.

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No other area on the Turkish Aegean Sea (Ege Denizi) provides visitors the change to experience traditional Turkish life just few minutes from...
the recreation, swimming, fishing, sailing, scuba diving, camping, hiking and night life in the modern, exciting resort of BODRUM.

Bodrum has always been a place for fun-loving folks, as artists and writers in their easy going Bohemian way of live.

The history of Bodrum, known as Halicarnassus or Halikarnas goes back to the 13th century B.C. According to the ancient Greek historian and geographer Herodotus, who was born in Halicarnassus, the town was founded by Dorian colonists in the 7th century B.C.

Sometimes in history Halicarnassus(Bodrum) probably destroyed by an earthquake and was plundered for building materials at the beginning of the 15th century,
by the Knights of Rhodes, who were constructing the Castle of St.Peter. Bodrum was incorporated into The OTTOMAN EMPIRE after the conquest of Rhodes by SULTAN SULEIMAN(Suleyman) THE MAGNIFICENT in 1523.

Picture on right shown variety of blue glass bids and combinations from this region. Some of them which has evil eye on, called NAZARLIK or/and NAZAR BONCUGU (Good Luck bid)

Bodrum peninsula also in history came under Persian rule by King XERXES. After king Mausolos's death(353 B.C.) Queen Artemisia became the leader of four regions in Asia Minor: Halicarnassus, Cos, Nisyrus, and Calyndus and the world's first recorded female naval commander. The Warrior Queen ARTEMISIA (she has ben named after the Goddess Artemis), had a magnificent tomb erected to her husband MAUSOLOS. Today unfortunately nothing remains of mausoleum. It was probably destroyed by an earthquake and was plundered for building materials for Castle of St.Peter. The site of the Mausoleum is outside of Bodrum, on the road to ORTAKENT and this tomb ranked among the seven wonders of the ancient world. Statues of MAUSOLOS and ARTEMISIA now in a museum in the UK.

Bodrum's main attraction is the Castle of St.Peter, which has great stone staircases and towers. Great medieval castle built by the Knights of Rhodes(1402 A.D.), still stand strongly at the see entrance of the city. The gardens are roamed by peacocks and strewn with amphorae, statues, mosaics and sarcophagi.

At the castle's courtyard you will get a magnificent view of the town and bay of Bodrum.

You can take a complete tour around the battlements and visit cafes, shops and ateliers where glass-blowers and potters show off their skills and sell their wares.
Bodrum is easily accessible by see to neighborly Greek islands and Marmaris. See ferries schedule

Other place of interest in Bodrum is The Museum of Marine Antiquities, which is located in Knight's Chapel and in several other buildings in the castle's courtyard.

Museum display world's largest collection of artifacts retrieved from ancient shipwrecks, whole cargoes of amphorae and unbroken glassware, as well as the partially restored hulls of several of the ill-fated vessels that carried them. Also at castle court yard there are many sculptures from tomb of Mausolos.

Btw; don't hesitate photograph yourself with one of the statue, like you see our editor in picture on right :)

BODRUM by many people can be mostly considered for summer holiday destination but this changed pretty well, as numbers of off season visitors increased in latest years, visitors which prepare avoiding the crowd of high season. Also unlike many holiday resorts in Turkey, Bodrum continuous their life in businesses open all year around. Especially during Christmas and new year Bodrum is always home to a large international community.

BODRUM is surrounded by crystal clear sea waters which is perfect for scuba diving. There is a rich variety of marine life to be seen, while the seabed has many sponge and coral beds of breathtaking beauty. Many international divers comes every year to Bodrum and enjoy with their experience. Bodrum region is very famous with it's natural sea sponges.

After a day on the beach, a fishing trip or a cruise around the coast, BODRUM is a perfect place relax and eat in a harbor restaurant. In the evening modern nightclubs is the place for the best enjoyment.

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BODRUM has always been a place for fun-loving folks, as artists and writers in their easy going Bohemian way of live.

Yachting is very popular activity in BODRUM. Shore of Bodrum is the truly beautiful place in the world where you can enjoy the beauty of mystical landscape while sailing back through the history.

In Bodrum many yachting and tour companies operate their businesses year around.

Famous Turkish Mediterranean GULETs are boats made on lumbers of pine. If you would like to take a yachting tour... the so called, famous Blue Voyage, Blue-Tour(Mavi tur) or Turquoise Coast Cruise, Bodrum is the place for it!

Chartering a boat for this tour(s) can involve from a day trip to several days... depending on patron(s) will and finances.

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