The small, square white houses, narrow picturesque streets and a modern marina await you in Bodrum. Among all the sights in Bodrum you will also find one of the classic seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is the number one sight in Bodrum. This mausoleum was built as the final resting place of Mausolus, the ruler of Caria. The tomb was an enormous construction, much larger than all other graves at the time. Today, there is little left of the mausoleum but we know quite a lot about it thanks to reports and archaeological excavations. Remains have been found of the wonderful ornaments that decorated the mausoleum. These ornaments are what makes the mausoleum one of the classic seven Wonders of the Ancient World!
The Medieval castle of St Peter lies on a peninsula in front of the harbour. This castle used to serve to protect Bodrum harbour against piracy. Nowadays Bodrum Castle is open to visitors. The castle also houses various museums, such as the underwater archaeological museum, where you can see the Uluburun shipwreck and the grave of the Carian Princess Ada of Caria. Since Bodrum Castle has been of such importance to Bodrum, it is now the symbol of the city.
The Myndos Gate is one of the city walls from the time of Alexander the Great. The gate was built in the 4th century BC and was once part of the seven-kilometre long city wall around the Greek city of Halicarnassus. You can also view the ruins of a moat in front of the gate. Many soldiers drowned here during a siege led by Alexander the Great. The Myndos Gate is one of the most beautiful historic sights in Turkey.
The amphitheatre in Bodrum is certainly worth paying a visit too. Just like the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus it dates from the time of King Mausolus. At that time it could accommodate about 13,000 spectators and it was used for gladiator fights and theatre performances. The amphitheatre is still in use today! In the summer, there are concerts by national and international artists on a regular basis. The concerts often take place in the evenings, so that during the performance you have an amazing view of the sun sinking into the Aegean Sea – a sight not to be missed!
If you want a break from all the historical sights in Bodrum then spend a day in Dedeman Aquapark. This enormous water park was Turkey’s first water park. You can enjoy yourself there all day on the 24 slides, crazy river and in the wave pool, among other things.