A fantastic Mediterranean climate, beautiful seas, and a relaxing atmosphere are only a few of the reasons why people flock to Bodrum to escape the city heat. After you’ve worn on lounging in the sun by the water, there are still plenty of things to do, like wandering the fascinating historical sites on the mainland. Summer’s swansong has just begun this year, and as the warm weather tapers off, make sure to check them out before the cold temperatures arrive.
Castle of St. Peter
Also known as Bodrum Castle, this impressive castle dates back to 1437 and was built by the Knights of Hospitaller. Bodrum
Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology
Housed in the Castle of St. Peter, this is an excellent and extensive museum, with one of the largest collections amphorae in the world. Bodrum; P:(0252) 316 25 16
The new Bodrum Maritime Museum
Here, you can learn all about the peninsula’s nautical history.
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Located on a steep mountain road, this was for years an important place of worship, and the remains of many different cultures can be found here. Located in the hills of Milas
Dating back to the 11th century BC, the tomb of Mausolus was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. While little of the original site remains, its pleasant garden is still worth a visit. Turgusteis Caddesi, Bodrum
Originally an island and now connected to the mainland, you can see ruins dating back to the Carians here, and also enjoy a seafood lunch. Located near the Bodrum-Milas airport
Lake Bafa Nature Park
Once a harbor town and today a lake, Bafa is home to hundreds of species of birds. The area’s natural beauty makes it worth the trip. Located about 80 kilometers from Bodrum
The submerged city of Ancient Myndos
Off the coast at Gümüşlük, this site makes for some good light trekking after a seafood lunch. Gümüşlük
The earliest inscription found at the ruins of the world-famous Temple of Apollo dates back to 600 BC. Located near Aydın
Marvel at the 15,000-seat theatre dating from 100 AD, as well as the Baths of Faustina, where you can see the roots of the modern Turkish hamam.
One of the most important ancient cities in the region, the columns of the 2nd century BC Temple of Zeus are still standing. Milas
The old windmills that dot the landscape around Yalıkavak are a glimpse into past life and industry. Yalıkavak
The side streets of old Bodrum
Feel transported back in time as you explore them. Bodrum