The city was called Halicarnassus (ancient Greek: Αλικαρνασσός) of Caria in ancient times and was famous for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built by the Knights Hospitaller in the 15th century, Bodrum Castle overlooks the harbour and the marina. The castle includes a museum of underwater archaeology and hosts several cultural festivals throughout the year.
Bodrum is described as “the Land of the Eternal Blue” by Homeros. The spectacular medieval castle built by the Knights of Rhodes guards the entrance to Bodrum’s dazzling blue bay where the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas meet.
It is a lively coastal resort and a popular tourist destination on the southwest Mediterranean coast of Turkey, in the Mugla Province. Bodrum, with its intense nightlife, beautiful beaches, historical sites, quality hotels and holiday villages, is one of the Turkey’s most popular holiday towns and largest resorts on the Aegean coast.
Bodrum is a worldwide famous city, attracting a diverse population of vacationers who stroll along its long palm-lined waterfront as the elegant yachts crowd the marina.
The reputation of Bodrum’s boatyards date back to ancient times, and today, craftsmen still build the traditional yachts.
Gumbet, Bitez, Ortakent, Akyarlar, Turgutreis, Gumusluk, Yalikavak, Gundogan, Turkbuku, Golturkbuku and Torba are the most popular holiday resorts and towns in Bodrum.
It takes 50 minutes via boat to reach Kos from Bodrum, with services running multiple times a day by at least three operators.