Most people go to Bodrum to relax, enjoy the sun and sea, and party. While all of those are great reasons to visit, Bodrum’s city center has a long and colorful history with some great archaeological sites, a Crusader castle, and a bazaar to keep you busy for a day.
The area people spend most of their time in is the street that runs parallel to the beach, Cumhuriyet Caddesi. It’s a long stretch of road lined with restaurants and a bazaar going from a small harbor all the way to the Castle of St. Peter. There’s action both day and night.
Just outside the castle is the main harbor. It’s lined with beautiful sailboats and luxury vessels, some for hire for a day or by the week. I really enjoyed walking the perimeter of the marina and looking at all the boats. Click here for a virtual tour.
You might come across a small white domed structure while walking through Bodrum. This is called a gümbet (cistern). They supplied water to the city before modern plumbing was installed.
Popular with mostly Turkish tourists is the Zeki Müren Müzesi. It was the home of the famous Turkish singer Zeki Müren, who died in 1996. The museum showcases his personal effects including flashy outfits and his car. It’s open from 9am to 5pm daily. Admission is 5TL.
On a hill on the outskirts of town and easily visible from the castle is the Tiger Tower. This ancient structure was probably built during the reign of King Mausolus.
Finally, I will tell you about my favorite sunset in Bodrum. You can catch it in the small harbor on the east side of town near the cruise ship terminal. The view of the harbor below is from the rooftop of my hotel.
I was walking back from the terminal during the sunset and was able to capture the gorgeous scene for myself.