Bodrum Turkey is world famous for its exciting and lively nightlife but what is there to do during the day? Well if you’ve slept off your night out partying there’s plenty to keep you busy and entertained until the evenings so read on to find out more.
If you want to learn a little bit about Turkish culture and the history of Bodrum then you should first make a trip to the Castle of St Peter which is not only a beautiful building with a great history, it’s where you’ll find the Museum of Underwater Archaeology too. The castle is one of the best preserved medieval buildings in the world and was originally built by the Knights of St John as a military garrison and fortress.
Inside the castle, you’ll find one of the best archaeology museums in the world so it’s definitely worth a trip even if you’re not into castles. There are many things to discover in the museum including the history of Turkish baths, the last Roman shipwreck, a dungeon and exhibitions on coins, jewelry and amphoras. More historic ruins can be seen at Bodrum Amphitheatre which was built in 300 BC and can seat up to 13,000 people!
In the summer there are often plays and concerts in theMore historic ruins can be seen at Bodrum Amphitheatre which was built in 300 BC and can seat up to 13,000 people! In the summer there are often plays and concerts in the amphitheater so look out for posters or ask at your hotel reception for more information. The Myndus Gate on the road to Gumbet is a great example of ancient architecture but if you plan on visiting it you will reap the benefits of reading more about it before you go as it has a fascinating story to tell.
The History of Bodrum Turkey
The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and for this reason alone it’s a must-see sight in Bodrum. Unfortunately, it is now in ruins because the stones from the original building were used by the Knights of King John to build Bodrum Castle but it’s still a great place if you use your imagination. Once you’ve had a look around the ancient site, you can explore the underground tunnels nearby and enjoy the peace and quiet away from the busy center of Bodrum. A short bus ride away there are some more ruins at the village of Pedasa if you enjoy learning more about the ancient history of Turkey.
For a change of scenery and an activity a little more energetic, why not take a walk over to Rabbit Island? Although the island is in fact surrounded by sea, at low tide you can reach the island by walking over a partially sunken causeway which is great fun and very refreshing. The island was named after all the rabbits that used to live there so see if you can spot some on your trip to Bodrum Turkey!