Bodrum Every Summer

the aegean’s ımmortal fısherman of halıcarnassus has a holıday to suıt everybody at bodrum wıth ıts hıstorıc sıtes, blue flag coves and whıtewashed houses lıke sugar cubes.

Bodrum is one of the first spots that springs to mind at the mention of a holiday in Turkey. Perhaps the Fisherman of Halicarnassus sums it up best of all: “Don’t think you’re going to leave as you came. Those before you were the same. They always went away leaving their hearts in Bodrum.” According to the ancient historian Herodotus, who was born here, this city founded in the first millennium B.C. was the famous Halicarnassus.

Bodrum Castle is a good place to start your tour of the city, which joined the Ottoman lands during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent. The Uluburun Shipwreck in Bodrum Underwater Archaeological Museum hidden away in the depths of the castle is the world’s oldest at 3,400 years. Take a turn along the esplanade lined with blue cruise yachts and then head for the bazaar. It’s hard to come away empty-handed from these stalls bursting with Bodrum T-shirts, leather sandals, hand-blown glassware and authentic jewelry, not to mention natural sponges and giant seashells. 

The day in Bodrum starts with a leisurely breakfast, continues with a pleasant nap at midday and ends with a sunbath and a dip in the late afternoon. When you’ve cast off the day’s weariness, you can delve into a restaurant at sunset. In addition to activities like sailing and diving, you can also explore the Bodrum peninsula on a boat tour. Day, weekend and week-long blue cruises leaving from and returning to Bodrum will take you to the Bay of Gökova, Datça, Bozburun or Marmaris. The choice is yours. Meanwhile Sandima near Yalıkavak is like Bodrum a hundred years ago. But you need to branch out to Gümüşlük if you want to capture a different taste of Bodrum. This silver village (gümüş means silver) and its nocturnal displays of marine phosphorescence will enchant you with its underwater ruins of the ancient city of Myndos.

Dance festival
The 13th International Dance Festival will be held in Bodrum April 26 to May 1. Some 800 dancers from Turkey and other countries will take part in the event, a collaboration between the Bodrum Municipality and Bodrum Dance Club. A wide array of performances including everything from folk dancing to carnival dancing will be available at the festival.

Getting there
Turkish Airlines has Istanbul-Bodrum-Istanbul flights daily. For information: www.turkishairlines.com

Don't miss
• Bodrum Castle
• Underwater Archaeological Museum
• Old Sandima