Life in Bodrum

 

Bodrum
Bodrum today begins an hour before dawn, as the night time silence is broken, from the minaret's heights by the rhythmical wailing of the muezzin summoning the faithful to the first of the day's five calls to pray.

With the muezzin's call to prayer as a metaphor for daytime and night time pursuits. For many it is a wakeup call, the start of the day's activities. For many others it is a call to bed, as they wend their way home at the close of Bodrum's active Nightlife. This contrast perhaps signifies Bodrum's uniqueness and diversity as a holiday resort, offering on the one hand watersports, excellent shopping, dining and Nightlife, while at the same time fervently maintaining its cultural and historical heritage. Day or night, Bodrum has it all.

The Blue Cruise
There are many reasons for choosing to spend a holiday afloat. The delights of the thing itself: the special combination of wind and wave and the serenity of sail, the sense of privacy and self sufficiency, the intimate communication with nature, one's companions and one's self are all heightened afloat. But there are many places where fresh winds, sparkling waters and abundant sun make for ideal boating. Why choose Turkeys Aegean coast? The reason is not so much the Sailing itself, which after all, can be enjoyed in many places, but what happens after the anchor is dropped: the secluded bays, intimate villages and spectacular historical sites that abound all along the Aegean coast and that make a waterborne visit to Turkey something special.

The waters of the Turkish Aegean are unique in the world, home to Ancient wonders and witness to the greatest figures of antiquity. Along this coast the Ancient Greeks founded civilization as we have come to know it. Alexander and his legions paused here to plunder the richest cities in the world. Not far from Bodrum, Anthony and Cleopatra frolicked on their private beach while Caesar gathered his fleet. Saint Paul visited regularly; founding the seven churches of Asia as John delivered Mary to her List refuge in the mountains above Kusadasi. In Marmaris Süleyman the Magnificent marshaled his forces before attacking the crusading knights in their stronghold on Rhodes and in the same waters, Nelson chased Napoleon retreating from Egypt.

Bitez
This broad beach is easily accessible by one of the many dolmuses in Bodrum, which will usually stop in Bitez village before running along the beachfront past a number of hotels and restaurants. Numerous jetties run out from the shore for swimming and sunbathing. Beyond the beach, reached by dry riverbeds, lie hundreds of acres of private mandarin groves tended by the citrus farmers of the area.

Gumbet
Recently become almost a resort unto itself, the sheltered bay of Gumbet is only two-KM west of Bodrum. So called from the numerous white-domed rain cisterns in the area, Gumbet features one of the longest and most popular beaches on the Peninsula, the water is warm and the shallows gradually slope from the shore.

History of Bodrum
As a place where people have lived continuously for thousands of years Bodrum has an incredibly rich past. Its position in or near so many of the great civilization and events of Ancient History also makes Halicarnassus (Bodrum's Ancient name) an important site for historians. Finding one source of complete historical information on Bodrum is apparently impossible, so the account that follows is a distillation from several sources.

The first settlement in this area which left structural evidence behind was on the rocky little island where the Castle of St. Peter now stands (the Castle was once completely surrounded by water). When the Knights of St. John arrived to build their fortress, they found the ruins of an older Castle, now known to have been built by the Dorians around 1100 BC.

Castle of St.Peter
The most prominent feature of Bodrum must be the Castle of St. Peter. Whether entering the town by land or sea, one cannot help but be struck by the Castle's sturdy presence. One of the world's best preserved monuments from medieval times, it stands as a solid testament to the Bodrum area as a place worth defending.

The Castle's origins go back to the Knights of St. John, a group of expatriates who drew their ranks from Europe. This "Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem" began in the Eleventh Century with a church and hospital set up for pilgrims in Jerusalem.

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