Homer’s description of Bodrum as “the land of the eternal blue” only touches the tip of scenic poetics this dazzling bay gifts us. The sight of a medieval castle playing sentry where the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas flow together to form Bodrum’s peninsula serves as a reminder of the city’s dated roots; Bodrum has played witness to several civilizations as a prime location coveted by invaders. It is this long-standing historical richness overlaid with modern luxuries that gives Bodrum its charm.
Warm, tide-less seas and clear waters lure in sailors and divers alike. The access to un-spoilt reefs, caves and vibrant aquatic life draw in adventurous ocean-lovers, and above, the craftsmanship of Bodrum’s traditional yachts hold strong in the face of long excursions. Beach-goers are more predominate along the southern coast, where fine sand coats the lively stretches of Ortakent, Karaincir and Akyarlar beach. Active visitors may prefer the beaches of Turgutreis and Gumusluk where swimming and water sports reign in popularity. Other natural respites are aplenty along the northern coast, wooded islands, citrus groves and tranquil coves a pleasant day-trip in the making.
Historians, however, would seek out traces of Bodrum’s colourful history. Owning its roots as the ancient capital of Caria, Halicarnassus, it is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – King Mausolus’ Tomb. The medieval castle of St. Peter propels visitors into the 15th century then back to the Bronze Age, housing the Museum of Underwater Archeology and long-lived artefacts. But Bodrum doesn’t let you dwell long on the past; its lively art scene and Bohemian vibes demand attention. When the artists retire for the night, fresh Aegean cuisine swoops in to extend dining hours, idle chats then ushering you into cabaret clubs and disco mania.