Bodrum is the ideal base for your Turkey holidays as it fuses the best of east and west and offers everything you could want from a break in the sun – whether you plan to bask on the beach, check out ancient architecture and amazing artefacts, or just fancy one hell of a party! There’s fine local food to sample, as well as restaurants offering options from all over Europe. You’ll find bustling bazaars made for exploring and picking up trinkets, cafes and bars that look out over the sea, and clubs just made to dance in until dawn! It really is a paradise location that’s just a short flight away – check out our top facts about this Turkish delight:
It boasts one of the Seven Wonders of the World
You can still go and see some of the ruins of the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World! In 353 BC, when her husband Mausolus died, Artemisia resolved to construct the greatest tomb ever created and so the world Mausoleum was born! Bodrum also provides a base from which to visit the remains of the Temple of Artemis and the huge historic ruins of Ephesus and the Bodrum Amphitheatre – superb sites to walk around for hours.
There’s a spectacular shipwreck
Head to Bodrum Castle and the Museum of Underwater Archaeology which holds fascinating artefacts like ancient amphora and reconstructions of shipwrecks from many moons ago, the oldest of which is the Uluburun Shipwreck. It’s a Late Bronze Age shipwreck from all the way back in the late 14th century BC and is widely believed to be one of the oldest in the world! If you’re an underwater fanatic this is a great visit and you can also see wrecks under the waves if you indulge in some scuba diving, or there’s Dedeman Aquapark the biggest waterpark in Turkey to explore too!
There are wonderful windmills
When you think of windmills you probably picture Holland but where you don’t expect to see a windmill is in Turkey! But worry not, you aren’t hallucinating, there are indeed some windmills in Bodrum set high up on the hillside so take a trip to see them and enjoy the unparalleled views over Bodrum and nearby Gumbet. If you’re really lucky, you might even be able to see the Greek island of Kos in the distance!
Key Tourist Phrases
Here are some basic phrases that might help you out on your trip:
Hello (informal): Selam
How are you?: Nasilsiniz?
Thank you: Teşekkür ederim
What is your name?: Adiniz nedir?
My name is: Adim
Is there someone here who speaks English?: Burada İngilizce konuşan birisi var mi?
Good morning: Günaydin
Good night: Iyi geceler
Where is the toilet?: Tuvalet nerede?
How much?: Kaç para?
Where? (place): Nerede?
Where? (direction): Nereye?
I’m lost: Kayboldum