Although more than a million tourists flock to its beaches, boutique hotels, trendy restaurants and clubs each summer, Bodrum (ancient Halicarnassus) never seems to lose its cool. More than any other Turkish seaside getaway, it has an enigmatic elegance that pervades it, from the town’s crowning castle and glittering marina to its flower-filled cafes and white-plastered backstreets. Even in the most hectic days of high summer, you can still find little corners of serenity in the town.
Urban planners have sought to preserve Bodrum’s essential Aegean character, which was influenced by the Cretans who moved here during the population exchange of the 1920s. Today, laws restrict buildings’ heights, and the whitewashed houses with bright-blue trim evoke a lost era. The evocative castle and the ancient ruins around town also help keep Bodrum a discerning step above the rest.
Maybe some of the oldest ruins you ever get to see, this tomb was built around 350 BC by the famous ancient Greek architects Satyros and Pythius of Priene.
Bitez Beach : This sleepy beach is the perfect place to relax. Have a drink at one of restaurants or take a nap on one of the public sunbeds. Camel Beach :Unlike Bitez, a rock beach, Camel Beach offers long stretches of white sand. Its waters are clear and electric blue, making it the perfect snorkel spot. Kara ada :Literally “black island” for its jet black ashy beaches, this series of islands is great for yacht hopping. Its mineral waters and muds are said to have healing powers.