Bodrum itself is popular with Turkish and international holidaymakers alike and boasts colourful nightlife, a charming harbour and the imposing Castle of St Peter. The Castle was built in the 15th century in part using stones taken from the nearby archaeological site of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassas, one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
The town's charm is well-known, attracting a diverse population of vacationers who stroll along its long palm-lined waterfront, while elegant yachts crowd the marina.
Not far from town, you can swim in absolutely clear, tideless, warm seas. Underwater divers, especially, will want to explore the numerous reefs, caves and majestic rock formations. The waters offer up multicolored sponges of all shapes and sizes, octopi and an immense variety of other aquatic life.
The reputation of Bodrum's boatyards dates back to ancient times, and today, craftsmen still build the traditional yachts: the Tirhandil with a pointed bow and stern, and the Gullets with a broad beam and rounded stern. The latter, especially, are used on excursions and pleasure trips, and in the annual October Cup Race.
The beautiful Bodrum Peninsula suits holidaymakers interested in a subdued and relaxing atmosphere. Enchanting villages, with guest-houses and small hotels on quiet bays, dot the peninsula. On the southern coast, very near the Bodrum center lies the beaches of Bardakci, Gümbet which have fine, sandy beaches.