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Bodrum is an amazing place, because it maintains a pleasant contrast between the ancient city with its artifacts and a real attraction for the local rich and many foreign guests. This is one of the centers of the Turkish tourism industry and the main city of the peninsula of the same name, which consists of several cities and villages located along the coast.
There are only two small terminals at Bodrum Airport: local flights arrive in one and international flights in the other. First of all, when you arrive here, you will immediately get into the queue at the passport control. Yes, and the departure will be the same. It’s better to take this into account when planning your trip. In addition, as is often the case in Turkish airports, the price in cafes and restaurants is quite high. Get ready to pay a very high amount for mediocre food or coffee. Well, better take a snack with you. Especially when you fly out of Bodrum, in which tons of delicious food can be found on every corner.
In general, travelers note that the Milas-Bodrum Airport is quite uncomfortable and repulsive. Don't stay here for too long. And if there is an opportunity and desire to ride around the country, then it is better to fly to neighboring Izmir, whose local airport is much more happy place. But the lack of comfort at the airport definitely shouldn't stop you from traveling to this charming city.
To get to the center of Bodrum, first of all look for Havas buses. For $ 3 they will take you to the central bus station of Bodrum. The trip will take about 45 minutes, because the airport is 36 kilometers from the center. Once you get off at the bus station, you can transfer by car to any part of the city, and if you’re ready to go on a trip to Bodrum right away, you can walk to the center in just 5 minutes.
Modern Bodrum combines two opposites. The eastern part of the city is entirely consists of beaches, bars, night clubs. A complete set of entertainment typical of the Mediterranean resort towns. This part gets alive after 10 pm and does not fall asleep until the morning. And in the western part of the city life is more calm and measured. Here you can find expensive shops, luxury restaurants and other benefits of modern civilization. In the evenings there is a romantic atmosphere and you want to walk until dawn.
There are only ruins left today from one of the Seven Wonders of the World. For centuries, the mausoleum was destroying by earthquakes and plunder of stone blocks by the knights of the Order of St. John to build a castle. Once this majestic tomb reached 46 meters in height. It has become famous all over the world for its beauty and impressive architecture. And although the ruins may not be so impressive, they show a copy of the mausoleum so that tourists can imagine the building during its heyday.
So, the knights pulled stone blocks from the Halicarnassus mausoleum in the 1400s to build another current landmark of Bodrum. The castle is located on the coastline when entering the harbor of Bodrum. Although the ruins of the castle are not well preserved, the main towers and walls still stand in place. Sometimes you can even catch a variety of festivals here.
On the Bodrum Peninsula you can try all the famous Turkish dishes. Here you can try traditional okru with olive oil, radish salad, seafood meze, stuffed pumpkin flowers, octopus stew with onions, all kinds of kebabs, cooked pastries, jelly with bergamot and a whole ton of classic sweets.
In fact, in Bodrum they know how to cook. In any institution, tourists will make huge plateaus with a variety of snacks. Especially a lot of Turkish cuisine has a variety of meat, aromatic herbs and the best coffee in this part of the world.
The main ingredients of Turkish cuisine are lamb, olive oil, chickpeas, eggplant, yogurt, cheese, rice, spinach, potatoes, bread, tomatoes. And all this is generously seasoned with caraway seeds, paprika, mint and thyme.