Bodrum is a peninsula filled with the history of settlements for thousands of years and is the birthplace of Herodotus, the father of history. Many nations has left marks of their civilizations as an inevitable result of the strategic position. Every corner of the peninsula is full of Carian, Byzantine and Ottoman artifacts.

Halicarnassus was the second capital of Carian. The most magnificent of the 7 Wonders of the world was built in this city. Although there are not much left of it,  the term from the literature monumental tomb; ‘’mausoleum’’ exists on every geography.

Standing with all of its beauty, every stone of the Bodrum Castle is the history of Mausoleum. The Castle is a place where thousands of tourists come to see every year and contains the largest underwater archeology museum in Europe. Leleg cities, where archaeological studies have not even started, are the hidden treasures waiting to be discovered in the summits of Bodrum.

Distances from Villara

Airport 53 Km.  –   Bodrum Center 15 Km.  –   Yalıkavak 19 Km.  –   Torba 25 Km.  –  Ortakent 11 Km.  –  Bitez 12 Km.

Mazı is a charming coastal village with coves that have managed to stay untouched in Bodrum. Don’t let the name black (kara) trick you. Bodrum Kara Island, originally is surrounded by bright green pine trees. This is the place where green and blue meets with harmony. Aquarium Bay is a breathtaking natural beauty and has bright, crystal clear water. The turquoise-colored sea, the fascinating view of Aspat Bay feels like a warm affection. Camel Beach has a beach that seems like it reaches the eternity and the lilies are one of the few of the kind in the world that appears among the sands. Bardakçı Cove is 7 minutes away from the center of Bodrum and is also known by the name of one of the most frequent regulars, Zeki Müren. This bay has one of the most beautiful views you can encounter in Bodrum and will welcome you with the cold but immaculate waters. In order to enjoy the sea, is best to prefer the beaches of the private businesses spread over the bay. Quiet and Calm: Torba Bay, if these two words sums up your vacation you are in the right place. Torba Bay is 6 km from the city center and is one of the most tranquil bays in Bodrum. Especially if you don’t like the wind and the waves, you will enjoy this bay. This place also has a different type of forest texture in Bodrum.The trees here are long and lush. “How do we say that a sea is beautiful’’; We say that the water is calm or the water is the colour of turquoise. The Kargıcak bay is just like that. Cennet Bay is an overly beautiful Bodrum bay where the forest and the sea meets in harmony and is not surrounded by businesses over the beach. We would like to remind you that every bay in Bodrum has its own beauty and you should see them all such like; Turgutreis, Kadıkalesi, Gümüşlük, Akyarlar, Karaincir, Aspat, Bağla, Kargı Bay (Camel Beach), Gümbet, Bitez, Göltürkbükü, Cennet Bay, Yalıkavak, Gündoğan, Güvercinlik, Güllük.

Historical places and museums:

Bodrum Castle with it’s many museums
The Mausoleum
Mindos Gate
Zeki Muren Museum

Bodrum Castle
Bodrum Castle was built by Knights of Rhodes in honour of St. Peter between 1415-1437. The stones and marbles of the Mausoleum, which is one of the seven wonders of ancient world and destroyed by an earthquake in 14th century, were used for the construction of the castle. There are five main towers, reflecting the architectural styles of the nations by whom tthey were constructed ,called English Tower, French Tower,Spanish Tower,Italien Tower and German TowerThe Knights built the walls facing the sea thin, and fortified the walls facing the land, as they had expected attacks from the land.

Bodrum was taken by the Turks in 1523. After 1895, the castle was used as a prison.It was coverted into a museum, in which, especially the findings of underwater archeology, Mycenean, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantium artifacts are displayed in different sections in chronogical order since 1960.

In the Gothic chapel in the courtyard, findins from the Bronze Age are exhibited dating back 3000-2000 years,discovered in this region of objects and weapons near Bodrum – Ortakent. In the section to the right of the chapel are exhibited in their original position the environs of the Gelidonya Wreck, which had loaded copper ignots, dating back to 1200 B.C. and which was discovered by underwater excavations off-shore the Cape Gelidonya, under direction of Prof. Dr. George Bass in 1960.

In the south of the chapel, adjoining the castle wall a Turkish Bath and old building where the bathing tradition is shown in details.

Boat Trips

Boat trips leave ever day from 11:00-17:30pm you can visit Black Island and it’s volcanic hot springs, Ada Boğazı and the Aquarium where you can swim with the fish, Orak Island and Rabbit Nose, North Wind Bay and German Bay many beach.

Bodrum Night Life

* Halikarnas: Bodrum’s famous outdoor night club with it’s world class DJ’s theme parites and live shows, opens from 10pm till 5am

* Bodrum Night Club: Dance on the glass floor of the catamaran under the Octupus the largest floating club in the world. Departs at 12am till early morning.

Bodrum has many bars, night clubs, discos and turkish cultural shows to tantilies anyh bodies tastes

Bodrum Peninsula beaches and coastal bays Gümbet, Bitez, Ortakent, Bağla, Aspat, Karaincir, Akyarlar, Turgutreis, Kadıkalesi, Gümüşlük, Yalıkavak, Gündogan, Göl Türkbükü, Torba

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