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Bodrum, Turkey

Home to the famous Greek historian Herodotus, the popular Aegean resort and yachting port of Bodrum is situated on a beautiful peninsula. During your visit, you'll find enchanting villages of houses painted in white and trimmed with purple bougainvillea, miles of sandy beaches and a myriad of historical attractions. The nights seem longer and the city retains a certain charm that can only be experienced first-hand.

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Bodrum, Turkey

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

A visit to the medieval castle of St. Peter is a definate must-see in Bodrum, displaying a riveting blend of modern and ancient architecture. The castle was constructed as a symbol of the unity of Christian Europe against the ascending power of the Ottoman Empire. Today, the castle remains in excellent condition and is one of the world's best preserved monuments dating back to medieval times. The castle also houses one of the world’s finest museums, the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Bodrum is known for its enthusiastic nightlife. Share the excitement with an incredible variety of discos and bars that appeal to all tastes. You'll find intimate seaside cafes with great views of the castle, restaurants with live authentic Turkish music and some of the best discos in Europe.
  • Discover the ruins of the original Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Its monumental statuary is in the British Museum but some artifacts and replicas of its friezes can be seen on site.
  • The waters around Bodrum are ideal for diving and snorkeling. There are several water sport centers all over the peninsula that rent out equipment, arrange excursions and even provide diving lessons.
  • Experience the wonders of a hamam, a Turkish bath and let an expert masseur straighten out those knots and tense bits.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor

Turkish cuisine can be described as a fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines. Meals are prepared with an infinite variety of fish, meat, vegetables and fruit. Treat yourself to a Dönerkebab, a Pide flatbread filled with thin sliced meat, served with ayran, a popular Turkish beverage made out of yoghurt. With local fishermen providing restaurants with freshly caught fish, octopus, calamari, shellfish and shrimp, Bodrum is nothing short of heaven for seafood lovers.

Shopping for Bargains

Shopping through the narrow, white-walled streets of Bodrum for unique gift items is one of the pleasures you must try. You'll find pipes carved out of meerschaum, traditional woven sandals, local blue glass beads (the Boncuk), products made of leather and cotton, hand-made copper and bronze wares. The most well-known souvenir you can bring home is a Turkish carpet. The knotted carpet is called a hali and the woven carpet is called the kilim.

Local Currency

The Turkish Lira (TL) is the official currency of Turkey. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember there is a Value-Added Tax added to most purchases.

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