“When you reach the top of the hill, you will see Bodrum. Don’t assume that you’ll leave as you came. The others before you were the same, too. As they departed, they all left their souls behind.”
Bodrum has the perfect mix of beautiful beaches, refined restaurants and extraordinary historical sites, including one of the Seven Wonders of the World; the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (also known as the tomb of Mausolus) which dates back to 353 BC. The Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem arrived in 1402 and used the remains of the Mausoleum to build Bodrum Castle. The outstanding museum in the castle includes vases and amphoras from the Mycenaean age (14th to 12th centuries BC) and findings from the Bronze Age (around 2500 BC), a room devoted exclusively to the tomb of a Carian princess (who died between 360 and 325 BC) and two ancient shipwrecks: the Fatımi ship, sunk in 1077 AD and the large Uluburun shipwreck from the 14th century BC. Other spectacular sites include the Greek amphitheater which dates back to the 4th century BC.