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Bodrum Itinerary Inspiration: Into the Past

Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide Itinerary for TurkeyBodrum Things to do: Into the Past

No matter how much time you have to devote, there’s a variety of options to build your ideal Bodrum Itinerary.  Do you want to fill an hour, or devote a whole day to delving into Bodrum past?

Whether you want buildings or ships; renovated architecture or ancient wonder ruins; or a good old nose around the former residence of Turkey’s equivalent to Liberace, all are accessible and within easy walking distance of Bodrum town centre, or a short dolmus ride away.

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  1. Bodrum Castle and the Museum of Underwater Archaeology

  2. Mausoleum

  3. Amphitheatre

  4. Turkish Bath at Bodrum’s Oldest Hamam

  5. Visit the windmills between Bodrum and Gumbet

  6. Zeki Müren Museum

  7. Bodrum Maritime Museum

  8. Myndos Gate

Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide Itinerary for Turkey

1.  Bodrum Castle and the Museum of Underwater Archaeology

Estimated Time:  3 hours

Visiting Hours: 9:30 to 16:30 (12:00 noon–13:00 pm some Halls are closed except The Chapel, The English Tower and The Glass Hall) / Entrance Fee: 25 YTL

The Castle has been developed into one of the world’s premiere museums of underwater archaeology.  In addition, the Castle ramparts are a perfect vantage point for viewing the hills and bays of Bodrum, and there’s also an Open Air Theatre within its walls, used for international concerts and ballet festivals.

Intriguingly, it also holds the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which has a fascinating display of artifacts retrieved from ancient shipwrecks at the bottom of the ocean.

Bodrum Castle of St. Peter Turkey

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Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide Itinerary for Turkey

2.  Mausoleum

Estimated Time:  1 hour

Visiting Hours: 08.30am-4.30pm / Entrance Fee: 10 YTL

Built in the mid-4th Century BC, the vast tomb of King Mausolus was so opulent, that it became the moniker for a final resting place. Legend has it that his tomb stood 45 metres high and was heavily adorned with reliefs and sculptures.

Little remains of the tomb, but it’s only a short walk from Bodrum Bay, so worth a quick visit.  The Mausoleum is located in a residential neighbourhood, and consists of scattered stones and columns.  Some of which were recycled to build the Castle of St Peter, in the harbour.

Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, One of the 7 wonders of the world in Bodrum Turkey

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3.  Amphitheatre

Estimated Time:  1 hour

Visiting Hours: 08.30am-4.30pm / Entrance Fee: Free

This structure was started during the Mausolus era, and completed during the Roman era. The lower tiers of the Amphitheatre have been restored, and the higher levels are still a work in progress. This Amphitheatre is well positioned for a panoramic view of Bodrum Bay, Harbour and Castle.

Bodrum Amphitheatre with castle in background Turkey

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4.  Turkish Bath at Bodrum’s oldest Hammam

Estimated Time:  2 hours

Visiting Hours: 07.00am-Midnight / Turkish Bath & Soap Massage ~40-60TL

Based on the exterior, your first response may be to walk straight past this 1749 hamam, but don’t let its appearance fool you. Not only is the Tarihi Bardakçı Hamam the oldest hamam on the Bodrum Peninsula, it also delivers the most authentic Turkish Bath experience.

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5.  Windmills between Bodrum and Gumbet

Estimated Time:  2 hours

A good location for a panoramic view of the local area is from the brow of the hill that separates the bays of Gumbet and Bodrum; from here you can explore the group of windmills in the throes of renovation.  Originally used for grinding flour, these windmills were operational until the late 1960s, and then left to fall into a state of disrepair. Recently the local government realized the tourist potential of these local landmarks, and started the renovation process.

The Bodrum to Gumbet dolmus runs along Osman Nuri Cd. (Bodrum Gumbet Yolu) and you get off on Haremtan Sk. to visit the Windmills.

Windmills between Bodrum and Gumbet in Turkey

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6.  Zeki Müren Museum

Estimated Time:  1-2 hours

Visiting Hours: 10.00am-4.00pm / Entrance Fee: 5TL

Zeki Müren was a prominent Turkish singer, composer and actor, famous for his compelling voice and precise articulation of both established Turkish classical music and contemporary songs.  If you’ve had your fill of dusty relics and buildings from ancient times, why not get off the beaten track and get a slice of glamour at the Zeki Müren Museum.

Zeki Müren Museum Bodrum Turkey

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Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide Itinerary for Turkey7. Bodrum Maritime Museum

Estimated Time:  1 hours

Visiting Hours: Tue-Sun  10.00am-6.00pm / Entrance Fee: 5TL

This museum is a homage to Bodrum’s ship building heritage and includes model ships made by yacht master Ali Kemal Denizaslanı.  The museum will also display works owned by Cevat Şakir Kabağaçlı, known as the Fisherman of Halicarnassus; dresses worn by sponge fishermen in Bodrum; old anchors; fishing tools and a massive Sea Shell Collection donated by businessman Hasan Güleşçi.

Bodrum Maritime Museum Shell Exhibit Bodrum Turkey

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8.  Myndos Gate

Estimated Time:  1.5 hours

Visiting Hours: This site appears to be open access with no entrance fee.

Located away from the central hub of town, just south of the main highway that leads to Turgutreis, this ancient site was the location of the bloody battle when Alexandar the Great laid siege to the ancient city of Halikarnassos. The Myndos Gate was one of the three gates that protected the ancient city wall. There are two partially renovated towers, and parts of a city wall from the 4th Century BC, as well as some roman remains and a pretty mosaic.

Myndos Gate Bodrum Turkey

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