Bodrum: the must-visit destination of Turkey that reminds of Greek islands

Bodrum is a district and a port city in Mugla province, in the southwestern Aegean region of Turkey. The city was known in antiquity as Halicarnassus and was famous for the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It is located opposite the island of Kos. You can go either by plane from Athens to Kos and then by ferry boat from Kos to Bodrum, or by plane from Athens to Izmir and then by road to Bodrum.

Bodrum is the modern face of Turkish tourism and in recent years is considered one of the most “in” travel destinations. It has not been unfairly described as “Turkey’s Mykonos“. Every year the port of Bodrum is filled with luxury boats and yachts with tourists from different parts of the world. Whether you want luxury holidays with expensive hotels and resorts with suites or low-cost options the place covers all tastes.

Leaving the port and walking through the narrow alleys with white houses and colorful bougainvilleas you have the feeling that you are on a Greek island. It stands out from any other Turkish seaside destination for its unique beauty. Beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters are waiting for you to discover them.

Bodrum is a place where you can have fun every day of the week and 24 hours a day. Full of nightclubs you can have fun all night. There is also a floating club, Club Catamaran, or if you want you can go to a more private party on a yacht. If you are not a party animal again, you can go to a quiet bar to have a drink and have a narghile.

From a gastronomic point of view, Bodrum is again a unique destination for flavors. The restaurants serve a huge variety of international flavors as well as Turkish kebabs and oriental recipes. In Bodrum, you will find kebabs in every corner but it will be more delicious if you eat it at the Bodrum bazaar, having finished your shopping. Don’t forget to try Gozleme, which is made from large, thin and, round pieces of special dough, filled with any mixture of cheese, vegetables and meat. As a dessert, I would definitely recommend baklava with peanuts or some other syrupy dessert.

Before leaving Bodrum, don’t forget to take a walk in the windmills and see the incredible view of the harbor and the city from above. If you visit Bodrum, there’s no way you can’t love it! And every time you visit it, there will always be something new to discover.

By Maria Christodoulou

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