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Bodrum is a seaport in southwestern Turkey. Located in Muğla Province, Bodrum has a population of 120,000 (2011 estimate). The city has been around since ancient times, when it was called Halicarnassus of Caria.

Bodrum is the site of the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The present name Bodrum comes from Petronium, which was the Castle of St Peter, built by the Knights Hospitaller. It is also called Bodrum Castle today.

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Bodrum experiences a Mediterranean climate with hot, humid summers and mild, sunny winters. Hottest month is July, when the average high temperature may reach 34.2°C (93.6°F). Coldest month is February, when the average low temperature drops to 8°C (46.4°F). December is the wettest month, receiving 156.2 mm (6.15 in) of precipitation.

Visiting Bodrum

You can fly to Bodrum from Istanbul and Ankara. The airport is 35 km from the city center. There are shuttle services for each arriving plane to downtown Bodrum. The fare is 17 TL.

You can also take a ferryboat to Bodrum from the Greek islands of Kos and Rhodes.

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Sights & Attractions in Bodrum

  1. Antique Theater of Halicarnassus: This is one of the few sights of ancient Halicarnassus that is still quite visible. It is on the south slopes of the Görtepe district.
  2. Bodrum Hamam: Turkish bath housed in an old stone building where you can enjoy a professional Turkish bath experience.
  3. Castle of St Peter: Also called Bodrum Castle, this is the most distinctive landmark of the city. Construction began in 1406 by the Knights of St John.
  4. Halikarnas Disco: One of the most famous nightclubs in Turkey, it is located on the waterfront with views of the Castle of St Peter.
  5. Mausoleum of Halicarnassus: Now nothing more than a pile of rubble, the scattered stones were once a colossal mausoleum that was recognised as a Wonder of the Ancient World.
  6. Myndos Gate: The western exit from ancient Halicarnassus. What we see today is a structure restored in 1998 after it was torn down by Alexander the Great in 334 BC.
  7. Tersane: The old dockyard of Bodrum located at the tip of Arsenal Point opposite the Castle of St Peter. Built by the Ottomans in the 18th century, the dockyard is now undergoing restoration.
  8. Zeki Müren Museum: Museum celebrating the memory of Turkey's most accomplished and beloved singer and composer, a flamboyant character often called the Turkish Liberace.

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