Halikarnas (Bodrum)


One of the most popular holiday places in Turkey.

Bodrum is located on the southern part of the Bodrum peninsula, overlooking Gokova Bay. It is right across Kos, or Istankoy in Turkish. It used to be a small village but has grown rapidly in the last 30 years, to become almost the largest city in the area. Because there was no proper road to get there,it used to be a place of exile in the last century.

The people used to earn their life either by fishing or sponge diving, but now the main source of income is tourism. It also has an international marina and is a popular spot for yachting. Although it has grown rapidly, the people have tried to conserve the local architecture. There are no buildings higher than 2 or 3 stories, and are all either painted white, or made of stone. A stereotypical Bodrum house would also have wooden doors and window frames painted blue.

The primary place of attraction is called ‘Carsi’, where there are many shops, restaurants, bars, clubs and cafes. They are located on a pedestrian street, which has considerable traffic of people on crowded days. Other than that, it is nice to take a stroll by the seaside towards the marina. It is not a pedestrian street but has a wide walkway and has lots of nice restaurants on the way. The weather is very hot in summer, but during the winter, daytime is nice and warm in the sun.

written by zekiyeayse on 2009-11-19 in #world #locations #south #halicarnassus #bodrum #turkey #harbor #halikarnas #urban-adventures #sea #lc-a-race


  1. plyshbel
    plyshbel ·

    Beautiful review and pictures. Bodrum is a wonderful place. I’ve been there 2 years ago. I’d like to mention also that is Herodotus native home and place of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – Mausoleum.

  2. stouf
    stouf ·

    Great shots ! N°4 is my favourite !

  3. cyan-shine
    cyan-shine ·

    Alikarnassos was an ancient Greek city.
    From wikipedia: Halicarnassus (Ancient Greek: Ἁλικαρνᾱσσός — Halikarnassós or Ἀλικαρνασσός — Alikarnassós; Turkish: Halikarnas, modern Bodrum) was an ancient Greek city on the southwest coast of Caria, Anatolia (Asia Minor), on a picturesque, advantageous site on the Ceramic Gulf (Gulf of Kos, Gulf of Gökova). It was the site of the Siege of Halicarnassus, between Alexander the Great and the Persian Empire. It originally occupied only the small island of Zephyria close to the shore, now occupied by the great Bodrum Castle (Castle of St. Peter), built by the Knights of Rhodes in 1404.

  4. zekiyeayse
    zekiyeayse ·

    Yes, that's the city as you quoted :"Turkish: Halikarnas, modern Bodrum"...

  5. japsix
    japsix ·

    yeah! another great location!!!

  6. anarchy
    anarchy ·

    Nice set!! =)

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