What drew us to Bodrum’s snazzy busy tourist scene? Somebody liked it. So we went in on the twisty windy two-laner. As in Cesme, we didn’t book but just arrived.
Wandered around, spotted Sade Pension, a deal at 80 liras with breakfast, a bit on the spartan side, but super-friendly people. Decided to stay two nights.
The place was in a no-vehicle area. (Which by the way doesn’t even slow down the motorcyclists.)
Bodrum’s big draw is St Peter’s Castle, sprawling across the waterfront.
While looking out to sea …
Some wonderful statuary …
Vessels and such dredged up from the sea.
Turns out this was formerly the city named Halicarnassis. The Museum of Underwater Archaeology (onsite) hints at a flourishing economy in ancient times.
There’s a recreated bedroom of I think an upper-crusty Roman lady. No pictures.
The Knights Hospitaller of Rhodes apparently fashioned the castle out of the ancient ruins. It was completed in 1437.
Among curious displays about many animals:
Suleyman conquered Rhodes in 1522 and took over the castle …
On our way out we fell in with a group of six or seven high-school students, uniformed girls and boys, who asked us what seemed like prepared questions about our Turkish experience. Had our pictures taken with various groupings … charming … forgot to use our camera.
It was my birthday so we went to dinner at La Pasión, a Spanish restaurant we pulled out of Lonely Planet Turkey (the Top Choice of Bodrum). We and the two other couples there all had paella. Lovely enclosed outdoor place, serious service, delicious food, good prawn count. Spent about $60, including 8 euros for ice cream in a raspberry soup. Waiters all in jeans and black shirts. The cook came out all in black and took a bow. It all seemed Vrai Español. As we left, a party of four was celebrating a birthday. Delightful.