Located in the southwestern part of the Aegean region, the port city of Bodrum is one of the popular tourist destinations in Turkey. This modern city of Bodrum is the site of the ancient city of Halicarnassus in which the famous Mausoleum of Halicarnassus was built. This renowned monument acknowledged as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was destroyed by earthquakes during the Middle Ages. The remnants of this ancient monument have been preserved in London’s British Museum.
This fascinating place has both the features of a modern resort town and an Ancient city. Bodrum has grown as a popular playground for rich Turks and foreign visitors, but you will still find a wide array of ancient fragments located everywhere across the place. This once fishing village has slowly grown as a popular sailing destination by the virtue of its crystal clear Aegean Blue waters, serene sea coast, warm climate, fascinating market places, interesting cuisine, humble restaurants and cafes, spectacular night life, numerous plants and trees that dot the beautiful landscape.
The beaches are well maintained; cleaned every day and are perfect for swimming, diving, wind surfing, and such other water sports. Travelers can also engage themselves in boat tours and also avail cruise facilities. Literary works by some Turkish intellectuals like Cevat Sekir who have written much about their gullet trips and delightful experiences in the region also have contributed in shaping Bodrum as a top destination for visitors. Travelers to this place love the unique experience that they gain from the amalgamation of the ancient past along with the usual tourist paraphernalia.
The Bodrum-Milas Airport is 35 km away from Bodrum town and many flight companies operate charter flights during the summer season. Several airlines provide flights to Bodrum at affordable prices. You can refer to http://book.flythomascook.com/cheap-flights/to-Bodrum-Turkey/ for more information. Visitors can avail the Havas Shuttle Services to reach the Bodrum center or book a private airport transfers which will bring them to the city center within 40-45 minutes. The two other nearby airports to Bodrum are the Dalaman and the Izmir Airports, which are about 3 hours from here.
The eastern half of the town has a thin yet attractive beach. The hotels and the city authorities have been successful in keeping it clean and tidy. The western side of the town is known for its Marina and Yacht Club. Apart from the historical attractions like the remnants of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (built by Artemisia), the Bodrum Castle or the Castle of St Peter (built by Knight Hospitaller), the Amphitheatre, the Myndos Gate, the Windmills, and the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archeology, the cultural events like the Ballet Festival in August and many modern day amenities like the beach-front resorts, night clubs, nice restaurants, shops that sell good clothes and expensive supermarkets pull a large number of visitors to this town. You will find everything from proper wine, olive oil to the most expensive fashion jackets in the super markets here.
The best and one of the cheapest ways to get around the city is by dolmus (a shared taxi that follows a fixed route). Once you arrive at Bodrum, you can also take exciting boat rides to the Greek islands of Rhodes, Kos, Simi and Kalymnos. The Bodrum peninsula has some small towns and villages along the coast (Gumusluk, Yalikavak, etc.) that would certainly make your trip to Bodrum more exciting and a memorable one.