Sailing and diving the crystal clear turquoise waters and unspoiled serene bays around Bodrum is a unique, first class experience. For many hundreds of years this region situated in the southwest corner of Turkey, at the meeting point of the Aegean and the Mediterranean, has fascinated the minds and captivated the hearts of its visitors. Bodrum, known in ancient times as Halicarnassus, the birthplace of Herodotus and the site of King Mausolus's Tomb, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, today is considered the most popular Yacht Charter resort of the Turkish Riviera.
The Castle of St. Peter is the most well-known and prominent landmark of the Bodrum landscape. The castle dates back to the knights of Rhodes. Construction of the castle began in the 1400s. Today, the Castle is home to a museum specializing in underwater archaeology, whose exhibits include an ancient shipwreck and various other antiquities found in the area. During the summer months the castle is also host to many open-air concerts and the annual International Ballet Festival. Bodrum Peninsula is particularly well known for its beaches. The waters offshore, once a rich source for the local sponge divers are especially good for scuba diving and snorkelling with reefs, caves and rock formations to be explored and a multicoloured array of aquatic life to be seen.
The Bodrum Cup Regatta is an annual yachting competition which encourages boatmen of all skill levels to race in Turkey's wonderful southwestern waters where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean. Held every October since the 1980s, the Cup is a major event that attracts entrants and spectators from all over the world. Imagine a horizon filled with sails billowing on a fleet of traditionally built Wooden Yachts (mostly gulets), sparkling blue seas parted by their bows and dolphins racing playfully along. Imagine each night in a different anchorage under a brilliant canopy of stars in merry company of other rovers.
Wherever you are in Bodrum good places to eat and drink abound; traditional tea gardens and coffee houses next to elegant cafes and patisseries; “lokantas” serving homemade food on the street front next to elegant, luxurious establishments serving International and Aegean cuisine. Cafes and restaurants hug the harbour where colourful, locally built, wooden sailing gulets moor side by side offering excursions and pleasure trips. Ferries sail to Datca and further along the Turkish Mediterranean Coast and also to the Greek Islands of Kos and Rhodes.
There is no denying that Bodrum is a party town. As night draws in and evening diners leave, waterfront restaurants transform into discos and nightclubs. Nightlife in Bodrum is wild and varied, offering decadent clubs and discos, but also the chance to sample partying Turkish style at one of the 'meyhanes' where the crowd joins in with the singing, dancing, eating and drinking. Most of the bars in Bodrum's 'Bar Street' offer live music and outdoor seating on the beach front with a magnificent view of the illuminated Castle of St Peter. There are plenty of smaller clubs and even one on a catamaran that sets sail late at night and takes the party out to sea until the dawn. Bodrum Marina, at the far end of the west bay is famous for its Yacht Club where modern, luxury cruisers moor and the yachting fraternity wine & dine before browsing in the haute couture boutiques.
Bodrum Marina Yacht Club offers a unique atmosphere for residents and visitors alike. The original bars and restaurants have been popular meeting places for sailors, writers, artists, in fact anyone and everyone who enjoys good food and good music in a relaxed atmosphere. There are a few archaeological remains in Bodrum worth mentioning: the Myndos Gate – one of the entrances to the ancient fortified city of Halicarnassus and through which Alexander the Great entered the city; the Hellenistic Amphitheatre now completely restored and used for concerts and shows during the high season; and most worthy of note, King Mausolus’ Tomb (4th century B.C.) which is one of the sole remaining Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
You have many reasons to spend your holiday in this magical place, the undisputed "hot-spot" of the Aegean Coast. This swinging, singing, dancing town, with its bohemian atmosphere, gathers together artists, intellectuals and lovers of the good life. Homer's description of Bodrum as "The land of eternal blue" and the words of the famous writer, Cevat Şakir, who said "The heavenly bliss of life in Bodrum is better than any eternal bliss that may await us" were not without foundation in reality.
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