Jun 9, 2012
Bodrum, Turkey’s liveliest city on the Turkish Riviera, attracting poets, singers and artists, as well as the tourists from all around the world. Bodrum is such a fascinating and mythic city that it has been named as St.Tropez of Turkey.
Beyond the sunshine, surf and sand, discover Bodrum’s rich history as an entertainment and cultural destination, from world-famous Halikarnas architecture to renowned nightclubs and jet set.
The New York Times does not call Bodrum the Saint Tropez of Turkey for nothing… Along with its secluded bays, hidden coves and historic treasures, Bodrum also offers all the delights of a world-class resort from designer shopping and authentic handicrafts to golf, scuba diving and outstanding sailing, not to mention fine dining and world-class nightlife.
The city was called Halicarnassus of Caria in ancient times and was famous for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Bodrum Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century, overlooks the harbour and the marina. The castle grounds include a Museum of Underwater Archeology and hosts several cultural festivals throughout the year.
Herodotus, the so-called Father of History, was from Bodrum; Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, is thought to have been born a handful of miles offshore on the Greek island of Kos. For Antony and Cleopatra, the peninsula was a stop on a voyage to Rome. For Brutus and Cassius, it was a place to plot the murder of Caesar — and to hide out afterward. When Alexander the Great tried to seize Halicarnassus, the ancient capital of the region (now the town of Bodrum), he found it so well defended that he was forced to ask for the only truce of his conquering campaign.
So you are really spoiled for choice, with the best of both worlds – get away from it all and get into the thick of things… In Bodrum, be as secluded or sophisticated as suits your mood…