Bodrum – Top Places to Visit in this Turkish Coastal City
Bodrum represents Turkey’s Turquoise Coast at its most vibrant. Ever since the 1940s, tourists the world over have made their way to Bodrum to experience the charm of what was once simply a small fishing village. There’s a bounty of things to do when you go on a trip to Bodrum and here are some suggestions to help narrow down your options.
Castle of St. Peter
St. Peter’s Castle dominates Bodrum’s waterfront and is a must-see for any visitor to Turkey. The structure was built between 1402 and 1437 by the Knights Hospitallers of St. John, and different nationalities of the order were entrusted with defending specific sections of the walls. The French Tower, the English Tower, which has a sculpted lion on its west wall, and the Gatineau Tower, which leads to the dungeons, are a few of the towers in the fortress. These magnificent towers are not all there is for you to admire at the Castle for it also hosts the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology.
Bodrum Peninsula Beaches
The Bodrum Peninsula has several beaches outside of Bodrum town, which fill up with sunbathers in the summer to soak up the rays.
Ortakent, Bitez, and Turgetreis all have nice beaches, but there are plenty more to discover if you have the time. With so many visitors from around the world, don’t expect to find an isolated stretch of sand on the entire peninsula. It’s one of Turkey’s most popular spots to be in the summer, and going to the beach is a must.
Bodrum’s ancient theatre may be small by Roman standards, but it has been beautifully restored, and the views of the mountains that you can glean from the upper ties are wonderfully captivating. It held 13,000 people when it was at its peak in the 4th century.
If you find yourself taking a trip to Bodrum during summer, make sure to check out at least one of the various events that are held at the theatre which include concerts, festivals and a variety of cultural activities.
The most interesting part of Bodrum is located just behind St. Peter’s Castle. The charming whitewashed and stone-cut cottages that line the narrow pedestrian alleyways here have a very picturesque vibe to them, like a painting come to life.
There are only a few places left in Bodrum where you can still get a sense of the fishing village it used to be before tourism took over. For a late-afternoon stroll and photo opportunities, this is a dream location. This area is full of charming shops and cafés where you can relax after a long day of walking.