Guarding the entrance to Bodrum's spectacular turquoise bay, where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean, is an imposing castle built by the Knights of Rhodes. While elegant yachts fill the marina, the well known charming town attracts a widely varied population of holidaymakers who promenade the long palm-lined waterfront.
You can swim in completely clear, warm, tideless waters not far from the town. These waters are particularly popular among underwater divers who enjoy exploring the numerous reefs, caves and rock formations. There are octopuses, multicoloured sponges of all sizes and shapes, and an enormous variety of other marine life.
With its dynamic, sociable and Bohemian atmosphere and many small galleries, Bodrum has won the standing as the centre of the Turkish art community, which has encouraged a relaxed daytime life style and nights of excitement. Idly dining on fresh seafood and other Aegean specialties are what the evenings are for, while the night brims with clubs and discos to keep you going until dawn.
Bodrum has an ancient and reputable history of boat building, and even today craftsmen still build traditional yachts: Tirhandil with a pointed bow and stern, and the Gullets - which have a broad beam and rounded stern - are used today on excursions and pleasure trips and the annual October cup race.