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BODRUM

Bodrum is a town on the southern Aegean coast of Turkey, popular with tourists from all over the world. Bodrum is the site of the ancient city of Halikarnassus, the location of the famous Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (built after 353 BCE) - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The ancient monument was destroyed by earthquakes in the Middle Ages - some of the remnants can be seen in London's British Museum.


Bodrum is a fascinating place as it has a pleasing contrast between the Ancient city - where there are discernable fragments everywhere in the town -and a playground for rich Turks and an array of foreign visitors. It is one of the centres of the Turkish Tourist industry and is the market town for the Bodrum Peninsula which consists of a number of towns and villages nestling on the edge of the Coast. Until the 1960s the town was a fishing village which changed when a number of Turkish intellectuals gathered and wrote about Bodrum.


During the peak season, the beach that stretches between the castle and Halikarnas is very good for swimming; The water is roped off to prevent boats coming in, and the beach and water is cleaned daily by the restaurants and by the city authorities. Sunbeds and beanbags on the beach are free of charge, although the restaurants that own them will bring you menus or offer you drinks every half hour.


- Wikivoyage

Image by Mesut Kaya

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