Bodrum, where the Aegean and Mediterranean meet is one of Turkey’s most sophisticated and loveliest holiday resorts, offering something for everyone: wonderful scenery, interesting sights, good shopping and a famous nightlife… Turkey’s gateway to world tourism.
Bodrum is a hotspot for property investment and holidays. Famous for its white-washed buildings, it is home to the Castle of St Peter, dating back to the Crusades. An excellent place for those who are looking for a quiet, relaxing time, with pretty villages and secluded bays welcoming you, Bodrum itself has a cosmopolitan atmosphere, with taverns, bars and discos offering an exhilarating nightlife for those looking for fun and dance.
On the coast of the Peninsula lie many golden, sandy beaches. Gümbet and Bitez are magnets for those who enjoy windsurfing; Ortakent is the best choice for walking; and Akyarlar is famous for its clear sea. There are other pretty villages close to Bodrum: on the western end of the Peninsula Gümüşlük, Turgutreis and Yalıkavak, on the northern coast the fishing villages of Gündoğan, Türkbükü and Gőlkőy, all of which are worth a visit.
Bodrum has an international airport which is accessible from most major cities in Europe. There are also ferries to the Greek Islands of Kos and Rhodes from Bodrum Ferry Port. Istanbul to Bodrum is twelve hours by bus, but a short one-hour hop by air. Izmir or Dalaman Airport are each accessible from Artev projects.
Most Turkey banks have ATMs, enabling you to draw foreign currency while hands free segway you stay in Turkey. Although Turkey is predominantly a cash economy, the use of debit and credit cards recently has dramatically increased.
There are three hospitals in Bodrum, all well-maintained and with the most modern equipment, giving 24-hour service for emergencies. Dialysis Service is also available in several locations in Bodrum. There are more than fifteen Pharmacies in the centre of Bodrum alone. Although some initial emergency medical treatment may be given free, European nationals are likely to be charged for the majority of medical expenses incurred whilst in Turkey, whether in state or private hospitals. It is strongly recommended that you take out comprehensive medical insurance to cover the full period you will be in the country.
Security:Turkey is considered very safe, with crime rates far lower than most European countries, including the UK. In tourist areas, it pays to be wary of pickpockets, but property crime is very rare.
International newspapers from UK and Europe are readily available throughout the Bodrum Peninsula. Satellite TV (including SKY) is readily available. It is easy to set up land phone lines, and there are several mobile phone companies in operation. There are currently over sixteen million internet users in Turkey (2005).
The unique climate in Bodrum pulls those in search of a healthier life. Long, hot summers are complimented with the infamous Bodrum breeze, while the short winter is mild and still boasts many sunny days.
Turkey is well-known for its cuisine, which is rich and savory, although not particularly spicy, but with an abundant use of vegetables. It is mainly lamb, but does include beef, chicken and seafood. Turkish fruit and vegetables are a lot fresher than those found in the UK. Kebabs are another typically Turkish food which dates back to the times when nomadic Turks had to grill and roast their meat over their campfires. Turkish Delight is probably the most famous product of Turkey, made from gelatine, sugar, honey and fruit juice, cut into small squares and coated with sugar. Turkey’s national drink is undoubtedly Raki, or Lion’s Milk!
Turkey borders eight other countries, with Bulgaria lying to the north-west; Greece to the west; Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan to the north-east; Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the south-east.
Since the beginning of history, Turkey has had a magnificent past, having been home to 13 successive civilizations, and home to historic treasures spanning 10,000 years.
The European part of Turkey is called Thrace, while the Asian part is called Anatolia or Asia Minor.
Bodrum was the birthplace of Heredotus and the site of King Mausolus’s Tomb (4th Century BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
St Nicholas, also known as Santa Claus, was born in Demre, on Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast.
Noah’s Ark landed on Mount Ararat (Agri Dagi) in Eastern Turkey
The last meal on Noah’s Ark, a pudding of sweet and sour taste (asure), is still served throughout Turkey.
Turks introduced coffee to Europe, and gave the Dutch their famous tulips.
Alexander the Great cut the Gordian knot near Ankara. The double-knotting technique used in Turkish rugs is also called a Gordian knot.
Turkey has hundreds of beaches which have the “Blue Flag” (a European award for the best clean water) on the Aegean and Mediterranean coast.