Bodrum Overview

Bodrum is a district located in the west of Muğla and has a coast on the Aegean Sea. Bodrum is an important historical, natural, cultural and tourist centre. Bodrum fascinates its visitors with its white houses, blue gates, bays, beaches, yachts, museums, castles, monuments, nightlife and much more.

The history of Bodrum dates back to 650 BC. The ancient name of Bodrum is Halicarnassos. It was during this period that the Mausoleion, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was built. Bodrum, then Roman, Byzantine, Latin, Ottoman and Republic of Turkey entered the sovereignty of the Ottoman Empire.

There are many places to visit in Bodrum. Some of them are as follows:

Bodrum Castle: The castle, which is the symbol of Bodrum, was built by the Knights of Rhodes in the 15th century. The castle is also home to the Bodrum Underwater Archaeological Museum.

Bodrum Ancient Theatre: The theatre, one of the oldest buildings in Bodrum, was built by King Mausolos in the 4th century BC. The theatre has a capacity of 13 thousand people and is now open for concerts and events.

Bodrum Mausoleion Open Air Museum: One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Mausoleum was built by his sister and wife Artemisia after the death of King Mausolos. The mausoleum was destroyed by an earthquake in the 15th century and its stones were used to build Bodrum Castle. Today there are ruins of the mausoleum and a museum.


What to buy as a gift or souvenir


Turkey’s incredible world of souvenirs will drive you crazy. Turkey is the country where there is something for everyone. You will be amazed at the variety and prices to suit every pocket.


Turkey has a history of ceramics that stretches back thousands of years, from the primitive sculpture of prehistoric Anatolia to the ornaments and tableware of the Hitites and the intricate hand-painted tiles of the Izniks. From scalloped plates to ashtrays, wall clocks to giant urns, the stunning indigo and coral patterns of Iznik are sure to catch your eye.

Turkish Rugs and Carpets

Turkey has a long and rich history of carpet making and is home to some of the most beautiful hand-knotted and hand-woven carpets in the world. Turkish carpets range from simple, bold and colourful nomadic Anatolian kilims to the more faded Usak and high-end Ottoman court silk hereke carpets. The Turkish (symmetrical) knot, also known as the Ghiordes knot, was developed here in Turkey.

Leather Goods

Turkey is one of the largest producers of quality leather products in the world. It is best known for its sheep and goat leather. You will be amazed by unusual designs that you may not see in other places.

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Destination details

  • Language Turkish
  • Currency Turkish Lira, Euro, Dollar
  • Time Zone UTC+03:00
  • Drives on the Right
  • Calling code +90
  • Emergency Number 112
  • Activities Culture, History, Beach, Landscape, Nature