It is on the Bodrum Peninsula, near the northwest entrance to the Gulf of Turkey, and faces the Greek island of Kos.

Today, it is a centre of tourism and yachting. It is the ancient Halicarnassus of Caria, renowned for the mausoleum of Maussollos.

The town is very popular tourist resort for northern Europeans due to its attractive coastline and active night life Bodrum has been humorously referred to as the Bedroom of Europe.

Bodrum is a charming and fascinating little port, 270 km. south of Izmir.

The inhabitants of Bodrum are around 30.000 and earn their living by fishing, boat-building, agriculture, weaving and tourism, which has become the most important industry in the last few years.

The heart of the town is around the harbour, where shops, bars and restaurants jostle together in the narrow streets of the town.

One of the unique features of Bodrum as a holiday resort is that in addition to the active recreational opportunities available by day and the unequalled Bodrum nightlife, so many more tranquil bays, beaches and villages are available to enjoy.

The blue Aegean waters that wash the beaches of the peninsula on which Bodrum is perched lend themselves admirably to a vast range of water sports, from scuba diving to windsurfing and jet-skiing.

Local operators can be found all over the area, renting out equipment, arranging excursions or offering lessons. Aquatic thrills are also on offer at the towns two water parks.

It can safely be said that every year at least a few hundreds of thousands of tourists visit Bodrum.

In the town there is also a football team called Bodrumspor founded in 1931.

A fishing village until the early 1970s, Bodrum is built on the ruins of ancient Halicarnassus.

It is now Turkeys liveliest resort, attracting poets, singers, artists and package tourists.

Its perfect harbour was colonized by ancient Greeks in the 11th century BC and the city later flourished under Persian rule.

It was nominally the capital city of the satrapy of Caria; its location ensured the city enjoyed considerable autonomy.

The central harbour is surrounded by shops, cafes, bars and hotels, and dominated by the 15th century historical site of the Castle of St Peter.

Bodrum is made up of number of small resorts around the peninsula.

Gumbet is one of the most popular, as it’s home to Bodrums best beach and comes top of the list for entertainment hotspots.

With idyllic beaches and tranquil bays, a vibrant nightlife, and thriving Turkish traditions, a Bodrum Peninsula holiday is a superb way to experience Turkish hospitality and culture amongst a stunning and relaxing setting.

Budget and luxury travellers alike will find a range of tempting accommodation and activity options on the Bodrum Peninsula.

Douglas Scott