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                      relaxing mediterranean getaway, the blue cruise

Bodrum - the Aegean pearl of Turkey

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The sun shines differently here. The nights are longer, the drinks more enjoyable. And then there is love in Bodrum ... You have to experience it to truly understand the attraction of Bodrum.

Situated on a beautiful peninsula, Bodrum, home of the famous Greek historian Herodotus, is these days better known as a popular holiday resort. Enchanting villages of houses painted in white and trimmed with purple bougainvillea together with miles of sandy beaches and ideal locations for water sports.

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Bodrum casts a magic spell. It exerts a lasting fascination on everyone who visits, irrespective of age, nationality or sex.
Bodrum retains its charm despite the crowds and development. Women feel more beautiful, men feel more intriguing. This is Bodrum's spell.

Two meters under the narrow streets of Bodrum lies 5000 years of history. A few monuments attest to this history: the castle, the Myndus Gate, the Roman theatre and the Mausoleum.

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 Bodrum-today, the unique  history and the  Bodrum peninsula, as well as many tips about  things you can do around here.

While the nights in Bodrum town itself are noisy, crowded and vital, the smaller villages offer cozy taverns and restaurants overlooking quiet bays and can all be reached easily by Dolmus, car or even by boat.

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Souvenir from Bodrum: the Nazar or Boncuk here is the story

castle of St. Peter - Bodrum

Holiday visitors to Turkey from the UK have a choice of airports. Regular flights to Bodrum leave the UK everyday but there are also frequent flights to Dalaman, Antalaya and Izmir.
For visitors to resorts on the East coast like Kusadasi, Izmir will be the best choice, but Bodrum is more convenient for travellers to the south coast areas like Bitez Bay, Yalikavak Bay and the Datca peninsula.

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And there is history in Bodrum. Two meters under the narrow streets of Bodrum lies 5000 years of history. A few monuments attest to this
 history: the  castle, the  Myndus Gate, the  Roman theatre and the  Mausoleum.

Bodrum, known in ancient times as Halicarnassus, was the birthplace of Heredotus and the site of King Mausolus' Tomb, the Mausoleum (4th century B.C.), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the harbour, the Bodrum Castle, or the medieval castle of St. Peter, is a fine example of 15th-century crusader architecture, and has been converted into the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, with remains dating as far back as the Bronze Age.

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The town's charm is well-known, attracting a diverse population of vacationers who stroll along its long palm-lined waterfront, while elegant yachts crowd the marina.
Not far from town, you can swim in absolutely clear, tideless, warm seas. Underwater divers, especially, will want to explore the numerous reefs, caves and majestic rock formations. The waters offering an immense variety of aquatic life.
Bodrum has gained the reputation as the center of the Turkish art community with its lively, friendly and Bohemian atmosphere and many small galleries. The evenings in Bodrum are for sitting idly in one of the many
restaurants, dining on fresh seafood and other Aegean specialties. Afterwards night clubs (some with live music) and, of course, some of the best discos in Europe keep you going until dawn.

The boatyards of Bodrum have been famous since ancient times and today the craftsmen still make the traditional types of yacht: the pointed bow and stern (tirhandil) and the broad beamed and rounded stern (gulette). The latter, especially, is used for excursions and pleasure trips. The gulette is also used in the Bodrum Cup Race held every October.

There are daily ferries to the Greek island of Kos in summer, and a weekly hydrofoil to Rhodes between May and September.
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Bodrum also is South Aegean's prettiest resort for scuba diving, with a yacht harbour and a port for ferries. Bodrum has several dive centers that rent out equipment, arrange excursions and even provide diving lessons for the inexperienced individual, eager to try out this underwater sport.
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A different spectacle in Bodrum is its marina, which is a busy place hosting elegant yachts that come from all parts of the world. Bodrum Cup, a unique race for wooden sailing yachts is held every 3rd week in October.
The reputation of Bodrum's boatyards dates back to ancient times, and today, craftsmen still build the traditional yachts: the well known Bodrum Gulet
Bodrum is the one of the starting points for an unforgettable
»Blue Cruise« (or 'Mavi Yolculuk'as it is called here) along the turquoise coast of the Gökova Gulf or down to Marmaris.

Shopping makes a delight in Bodrum. Leather goods of all kinds, natural sponges and the local blue glass beads (the Boncuk) are among the bargains to be found in the friendly little shops along the narrow, white-walled streets. Charming boutiques offer kilims, carpets, sandals and embroidery as well as original fashions.

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Insider Tips
   Haggle your way to a bargain (aim for a half of the asked price) in Bodrum’s boutiques and twice weekly markets (craft market on Tuesday; fruit and veg on Friday). Take your time to choose your Turkish carpet over a tea - most shops are open till midnight.
   Work up a sweat to expel those toxins at a 'hamam'. These Turkish baths are hot, steamy and the best hangover cure ever. But drink a lot of water before you go.
   Take a tip from the locals and dilute the powerful aniseed liqueur Raki with water. It'll mean you can drink far more of it...
   Girls, expect plenty of attention from the local Turkish man, and remember you can minimise it when walking in town by wearing clothes that do not show too much naked skin.


An impressive medieval castle built by the Knights of Rhodes will strike your eyes first when you turn down the road from the  new airport near Milas to the entrance of Bodrum.

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mausoleum von Halikarnassus

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