Today, Bodrum is a well-known tourist destination in Europe and an international centre for yachting. The city is famous for its art, culture and history, which is portrayed in many of the attractions.
Bodrum Kalesi (Castle of St. Peter)
Bodrum Kalesi or The Bodrum Castle or the Castle of St. Peter is the leading tourist attraction site. The Knights between 1402 and 1437 built this tall monument. The castle has beautiful gardens.
Address: Çarşı, Kale Cd., 48400 Bodrum/Muğla, Turkey
Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archeology
The Underwater Archeology Museum is a fascinating attraction in Bodrum, devoted to underwater archaeology. The Museum displays objects recovered from the sea and illustrations of the methods and equipment used by the underwater archaeologists.
Address: Çarşı Mh., 48400 Bodrum/Muğla, Turkey
Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus or Tomb of Mausolus was a tomb built between 353 and 350 B.C. in Halicarnassus (present Bodrum) for Mausolus. The structure was designed by the Greek architects Satyros and Pythius of Priene. It was destroyed by successive earthquakes from the 12th to the 15th century, the last surviving of the six destroyed wonders.
Address: Tepecik, Turgut Reis Cd. No:93, 48440 Bodrum/Muğla, Turkey
If you are travelling with kids, Bitez beach is the best beach in the Bodrum peninsula. The large section of the beach is very shallow with warm water, offering lots of activities for kids.
Address: Merkez Bitez, Bodrum, Bodrum City, Turkey
The Ancient Amphitheatre
It is one of the most visited attractions in Bodrum. This 2000-year-old amphitheatre is located on the main highway. Also, do not miss the beautiful view of Bodrum Harbour.
Address: Yeniköy, Kıbrıs Şehitleri Cd., 48400 Bodrum/Muğla, Turkey
The Myndos Gate is situated in the eastern part of Bodrum. It was constructed in the 4th century B.C. and is one of the famous historical sites on the Bodrum peninsula. It was the entrance gate to the ancient city of Halicarnassus. When Alexander the Great came for the city's invasion, he could not pass this deep, broad trench in front of the gate. Many soldiers of Alexander the Great drowned here in 334 BC.
Ottoman Cemetery stands just above the marina and contains the tombs of two famous Turkish seamen (Mustafa Pacha and his son). Part of the enclosure also functioned as an Ottoman shipyard. There are excellent coastal views, and art exhibitions are housed in the 18th-century defence tower.
Except for the Mausoleion, there is an ancient theatre to the northwest, some remains of a Doric Stoa to the northeast side and on the upper side are some remains of various tombs. The Mausolos, built in the 4th Century, stood to the east of the naval harbour and along the north side of the harbour was the agora, and inside stood a massive statue of the god Ares.
All these remains have been preserved in their places or museums and are popular among tourists.