This is an excellent opportunity to discover Bodrum and its beauties during the day. During your free time there, you can see the Museum of Underwater Archaeology or Bodrum Castle, which is a fine example of 15th century crusade architecture. You also have a chance to shop at Bodrum market with its wide range of products: you will definitely find something to your taste.
Bodrum is the site of the ancient city of Halikarnassus, the location of the famous Masusoleum of Halikarnassus (built after 353 BCE) – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Unfortuntely, the ancient monument was destroyed by earthquakes in the Middle Ages.
Bodrum is a fascinating place as it has a pleasing contrast between the Ancient city – where there are discernable fragments everywhere in the town -and a playground for rich Turks and an array of foreign visitors. It is one of the centres of the Turkish Tourist industry and is the market town for the Bodrum Peninsula which consists of a number of towns and villages nestling on the edge of the Coast. Until the 1960’s the town was a fishing village which changed when a number of Turkish intellectuals gathered and wrote about Bodrum. Most notable of the these was Cevat Sekir ‘The Fisherman of Hallikarnassus’, an Oxford Educated Turk who devoted his time to writing and planting numerous plants and trees which continue to dot the landscape of the Town. His book the ‘Blue Voyage’ describing gullet trips around the Turkish coast, and his descriptions of the astoundingly clear Blue Seas of the Aegean and the delights of a trip around the coasts adjacent to Bodrum inspired a whole generation who have come to emulate his trips. Bodrum has therefore grown as a sailing destination and thanks to its warm but not humid climate has become a top destination for visitors who enjoy the combination of the ancient past together with all the usual tourist paraphernalia. There are large numbers of shops and restaurants – from humble cafes to exquisite Turkish cuisine served by an array of waiting staff.