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Bodrum Turkey

Bodrum - Turkey Bodrum, formerly Halicarnassus, is a Turkish seaside holiday resort in Muğla Province, in the southwestern Aegean Region of Turkey. The city was called Halicarnassus of Caria in ancient times. The Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World being located here. Bodrum Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century, overlooks the harbor and the international marina. The castle grounds next to the marina include the Museum of Underwater Archeology and hosts several cultural festivals throughout the year. The region includes the municipalities of Bodrum, Turgutreis, Ortakent, Türkbükü, Yalıkavak, Gümüşlük, Bitez, Konacık, Yalı and Mumcular. A group of intellectuals started to visit after the 1950s around the writer Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı, who had first come here in exile two decades before. They were charmed by the town to the point of adopting the pen name Halikarnas Balıkçısı - 'The Fisherman of Halicarnassus'. Bodrum was popularized among Turkey's educated classes by this group of key intellectuals, artists and writers. Ever since, Bodrum has constantly endeavored to attract people with artistic backgrounds, encouraging them to choose it as a location for their secondary residences. Many of these people have gradually become regulars who stay throughout the year. Bodrum now hosts many poets, singers, artists, as well as commercially-minded investors and European tourists.

Bodrum was a quiet town of fishermen and sponge divers until the mid-20th century when it started to gain increasing popularity. Its low rainfall results in a constant shortage of potable water which is exacerbated by abundant tourist-oriented developments that are being built in the district area. Differences between the sensitivities of the first groups of residents, adamant in defending Bodrum's heritage and soul, with the interests of the developers is an ever-present issue and one that surfaces frequently. For an example - when a group of trees was cut down in Bodrum it made the local news and even made it into the national news in Turkey. The Bodrum region has attracted considerable foreign and domestic investment in real estate, specifically in second homes for customers from across Turkey as well as from Western Europe. With this growth the people of Bodrum have fought to preserve its integrity and charm. The name Bodrum derives from Petronium, named from the Hospitaller Castle of St Peter. In Turkish, bodrum katı or bodrum also refers to a basement, a cellar or a dungeon.

Bodrum has a Mediterranean climate. A winter average high of 15°C - 59 °F and in the summer 34°C - 93°F. Summers are hot and humid and winters are mild and mostly sunny. Milas-Bodrum Airport is an international airport that serves the Turkish towns of Bodrum and Milas. The airport is located 36 kilometers northeast of Bodrum and 16 kilometers south of Milas just north of the Güllük intersection. There are a total of 10 airlines that service Bodrum-Milas - the largest airline is Pegasus with 33% of the airport destinations. Other airlines operating in this airport are Air Berlin, TUIfly, Monarch Airlines, Easyjet, Jet2, Jetairfly, Turkish Airlines, Transavia and SunExpress.


Region: Aegean
Province: Muğla Province
Beach: Yes
Marina: Yes
Hotels: Yes
Video: Yes
Airport: Milas Bodrum Airport
English language website: bodrum-information.com
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