The day trip to Bodrum was taken on the last few days of our trip to Kos Island (Greece). It was our first time in Turkey, and Bodrum was perfect for the first feeling and impressions. This trip was taken before the refugee crisis, so not sure how things are currently (should assume has changed somehow).
The ferry departs from Kos daily, multiple times available, and takes only 45min to arrive Bodrum port, Turkey. Costs less than 20EUR per person, it’s really cheap. Since this was an organized tour by our travel agency operator at the hotel, they did all the emigration stuff, including visa permit to spend the day.
Bodrum was a small fisherman village, transformed into an upper to medium class resort. Population was around 30,000 people and it’s famous for hosting one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Halicarnassus Mausoleum, built 350BC for the Mausulus/Satrap (Governor) of the Persian Empire. It’s also famous for the Bodrum Castle, built by the Knights Hospitaller (who led into the Knights order of Malta – Knights of St. John) in the 14th hundreds, overlooks the port and the marina and also the Amphitheatre of Bodrum, another witness to the great past of Bodrum, and one of the best preserved structures of ancient Halikarnassus. originally built in the 4th century BC.
The area around the castle includes also the Underwater Museum of Archaeology and hosts several cultural festivals throughout the year. We also had time to explore local markets, visit the local mosque and embrance the local culture and history, before returning back to Kos at the end of the day.
Disclaimer – Please note: some of the experiences listed here may have been sponsored, but this review is independent and reflects exclusively my personal experience.