Friday, June 7, 2013

The Lively Town - Bodrum, Turkey

Ceramic souvenirs hung on the side-walk wall
Bodrum, a popular coastal town in Turkey, was once the home of the famous Greek historian, Herodotus. Today, the famous and the affluent come to Bodrum and names like Tom Hanks, Jeniffer Lopez, Nicole Kidman, Prince El Hassan of Jordan and Zidane are said to have chosen Bodrum as their vacation spot. The town has an airport which is well connected to other parts of the world. There are direct flights to London and that makes Bodrum quite popular among the British holiday makers. The bustling streets of Bodrum and packed with tourists from all over the world.

These little miniatures of Bodrum houses are wonderful souvenirs
We stayed at Gulet hotel, which is conveniently located on the palms lined seafront with many restaurants along the street. The hotel rooms facing the sea give a magnificent view of the Bodrum Castle about a kilometer away. The white-washed houses on the cobbled streets, the hanging and creeping purple bougainvilleas and the many elegant yachts in the marina are among the beautiful scenery which make Bodrum a perfect picturesque town.
The yellow cab in town that takes you everywhere around Bodrum
Bodrum is an excellent based if you are planning to peek into the nearby Dodecanese islands of Greece.  In fact we made a day trip to Pamukkale from Bodrum and on another day we swift on the hydrofoil to Kos. On a beautiful day, it is so pleasant to just strolled along the coastline and if you are tired of the shops there, Bodrum has a shopping mall located about 20 minutes drive from the seafront.  
There are many yellow cabs waiting for customers in front of Gulet hotel and transportation is not a problem at all. 

There are other villages on the southern coast of Bodrum and dreamy beaches such as Gumbet, Akyarlar, Ortakent, Karaincir and Bitez. As we drove along the coastal roads from Milas to Bodrum, we could see the myriad colors of the translucent water, from darkest blue to the palest turquoise. 
The blue sky compliments the deep blue sea

Many restaurants along the seafront
Souvenirs shops open till late night
Hadigari Night Club beside the Bodrum Mosque
The mosque is right in the center of Bodrum
The Bodrum mosque is in the middle of the "sizzling" spot in Bodrum
Yachts in the marina
Some of these yachts are for rental
Dates tree in the middle of the town
White-washed houses dotted the hills in Bodrum
Lovely view at sunset
Souvenirs shop decorated with sea theme items
Famous Pide (Pizza) Shop in town
Spice store

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