The Port City of Bodrum, Turkey is a wonderful seaside vacation destination. Cafes and restaurants offering delicious International and Turkish cuisine, amazing shopping with friendly vendors, traditional Turkish Bath, a sparkling marina offering boat charters and tours, a museum of underwater archaeology, and even a castle, Bodrum blends an eclectic mix of old and new!
St. Peter’s Castle is the most prominent building in Bodrum. Built in 1404 by the Knights Hospitaller under supervision of a German architect/knight, Bodrum Kalesi (Castle) was constructed with volcanic rock and marble to create a stronghold against invasion. Today it is open to the public and houses the accredited Museum of Underwater Archaeology, as well as coins, glassware, jewellery, vases, amphoras, and a tomb of a princess.
What is a trip to Turkey without partaking in the delectable Turkish cuisine? Although Bodrum proudly offers International menus, we simply cant resist the hunt for the ultimate Döner (Doner) Kebab. For those who have not heard of this mouthwatering dish, it is lamb, beef or chicken seasoned and cooked on a vertical rotisserie. The crispy meat is then sliced thin and served on a plate with salad, rice or fried potatoes and flatbread or alternatively all ingredients are wrapped in a flatbread creating a sumptuous sandwich. Think fast food with a twist!!!
For Seafood lovers, the former fishing village of Bodrum is paradise. Many restaurants with their stunning locations showcase daily catches on ice, allowing you to pick your meal and have it fresh prepared. Sea bass, Octopus, Calamari, Sardines, Prawns, are a few examples of the typical Mediterranean fare prepared with a Turkish twist!
Backstreets offer charming views and quieter walks. Stone buildings, white washed houses, container gardens, free-range chickens, scented flowers, smiling locals, clacking dominoes, and Turkish flags create a perfect picture of village charm. Busy downtown streets, bustling with tourists looking for deals, offer superb shopping opportunities. Make sure you are ready to bargain! We purchased some heavenly pistachio turkish delight which quickly became a sweet memory.
Indulge yourself – Visit the Hamami (Turkish Bath), eat, shop, explore, charter a sailboat, visit the castle and museum as you enjoy the addictive charm of Bodrum!
Bodrum, Turkey – Photo Album
Bodrum, Turkey – YouTube
Bodrum Castle and Museum – Museum of Underwater Archaeology
Bodrum Hamami – Turkish Bath
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