Bodrum is the ideal starting point for sailing the Aegean coast of Turkey. The Gökova Gulf is acknowledged to be one of the best cruising areas in Europe. With abundant sunshine, crystal clear waters, continuous blue skies, good anchorages and friendly people, this coast offers many diversities. There are many unspoiled areas rich in natural beauty and in costal settlements and villages. It is still possible to observe local people going about their lives in traditional Turkish village fashion.
Blue Cruise was started in Gökova Gulf on Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı's regular outings with fishermen. He sailed various caves and bays in the Gulf of Gökova and fell in love with the deep blue. He become well known around the region and many people were excited of sailing around, inspired by him.
Imagine yourself on a comfortable yacht, lying on the deck in the depth of the sea, sailing along the magnificent coasts. Swimming in warm crystal clear waters, diving, surfing, skiing, fishing or resting on the sandy beaches of touristic towns and historical ports are just a few of the highly recommended attractions on Blue Cruise.
Once you leave the harbour, the vast expanse of the Gulf of Gokova stretches before you, this area alone has enough stunning places to visit for at least a week of sailing. Sedir Adalari (Snake and Castle Island) is well known for Cleopatra’s Beach, which she is believed to have made for her lover Anthony with sands shipped from North Africa. The nearby bays of Kesr, Sogut and Degirmen Buku, located in the far east of the gulf are all spectacular anchorages.
Sailing south, guarded by the Greek island of Symi, is the Gulf of Hisaronu, which means Gulf of Fortresses, a reference to the many ancient and medieval forts scattered around the hills of the Gulf. Dacta, being the largest village in the gulf and an ideal place to provision between Marmaris and Bodrum, is well worth a visit as it is still relatively untouched by tourists and very picturesque.
HOW TO REACH BODRUM
Charter flights to Bodrum Milas Airports leave very frequently from major airports in the World between April / May and October / November and less so between mid November and April.
Also there are many airlines that have direct flights to Istanbul, Izmir and Antalya and domestic airlines have regular flights to and from Bodrum.The flight from Istanbul to Bodrum Airport takes about an hour.
Coming from Greek Islands ; There are ferries between operated by ferry companies. Bodrum Ferryboat Association has daily trips between Kos and Bodrum throughout the summer. In winter, ferries run three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The ferryboat leaves Bodrum at 09:00 and returns from Kos at 16:30. The Bodrum-Kos trip takes about 1 hours. The same association also runs a hydrofoil during the summer months everyday except Sunday.
For those visitors coming to Bodrum by road, the distances from the surrounding towns and cities are as follows:
- Bodrum Airport : 40 km
- Dalaman Airport : 200 km
- İzmir Airport : 225 km
- Marmaris : 165 km
- Göcek : 200 km
- Fethiye : 230 km
- Antalya : 430 km
WHICH SEASON IS THE BEST
Between the end of July and the beginning of September, Turkey is extra busy with the height of summer bringing thousands to the coastal regions. July and August days are long and hot and the nights are warm. June, the beginning of July and all of September offer a better combination, with warm days and cool evenings. The water in September can be especially warm in places. The months of May and October offer excellent sailing conditions and the opportunity to go trekking or fishing.
Bodrum has a Mediterranean climate. A winter average high of 15 °C (59 °F) and in the summer 34 °C (93 °F), with very sunny spells. Summers are hot and humid and winters are mild and mostly sunny.
Springs; The scent of citrus blossoms fills the air, the hills and valleys are green with vegetation and the cool, sunny days are ideal for hiking and sightseeing. The bustle of the boatyards launching yachts is a fascinating attraction and even Children’s Day (April 23rd) festivities are creative, worthy of this cosmopolitan town.
Autumns; Autumn begins with the Bodrum Cup Traditional Wooden Yacht Regatta held annually in the third a hundred stately wooden yachts under full canvas is a sight to behold and it’s a good time to sail.
The sea is still enticingly warm for swimming and it’s a pleasure to visit historical and natural sites in the cool weather – or to buy up bargains at end-of-season sales!
INFORMATION ABOUT BODRUM
Bodrum is a port city in Muğla Province, in the southwestern Aegean Region of Turkey. It is located on the southern coast of Bodrum Peninsula, at a point that checks the entry into the Gulf of Gökova. The city was called Halicarnassus of Caria in ancient times and was famous for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Bodrum Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century, overlooks the harbour and the marina. The castle grounds include a Museum of Underwater Archeology and hosts several cultural festivals throughout the year.
Today Bodrum is a well-known tourist destination and is also an international center for yachting. The Bodrum Castle, built in the 15th century looks out over the International Marina and the harbor. The Castle also hosts a few cultural festivals throughout the year.
Bodrum is an inviting, colorful crowd full of surprises, sometimes a humble wiseacre and a loose wise man, sometimes it is an alone crazy, it is freedom, love; Bodrum is sun, sea and after all it is history… In short Bodrum is everything and everybody. Because everybody has it is own Bodrum here. Some live a modest, peaceful and quiet life, some live crazily madly. Bodrum is a White that bears all colors and also internalizes them. It rains different here and also the sun rise different and sets completely different. Wind blows different, sea smells else. Bodrum is the naughtiest, the haughtiest, the most inert, the most beautiful, the most honest and the most frank child of Nature Mother.
Having three Marinas (Bodrum, Yalıkavak & Turgutreis) which are the best marinas of turquoise Turkish coasts for yachts.
You can taste various popular cuisines here. You'll be offered the best of Italian,Thai, Chinese, Mexican, European, Turkish cuisines and sea-food from simple meals to gourmet feasts. Also fast food, Cafes and Patisseries are available all over the town. Cool evenings are the best time for shopping.
Night life in Bodrum is as lively and diverse as you would expect. Pop, Rock, Jazz, Folk and Live music meets you everywhere till morning.
HISTORY OF Bodrum
The first recorded settlers in Bodrum region were the Carians and the harbor area was colonized by Dorian Greeks as of the 7th century BC. The city later fell under Persian rule. Under the Persians, it was the capital city of the satrapy of Caria, the region that had since long constituted its hinterland and of which it was the principal port. Its strategic location ensured that the city enjoyed considerable autonomy. Archaeological evidence from the period such as the recently discovered Salmakis (Kaplankalesi) Inscription, now in Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, attest to the particular pride[clarification needed] its inhabitants had developed. A famous native was Herodotus, the Greek historian (484-420 BC).
Surviving substructures and ruins of the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, in Halicarnassus (modern Bodrum.)
Mausolus ruled Caria from here, nominally on behalf of the Persians and independent in practical terms for much of his reign between 377 to 353 BC. When he died in 353 BC, Artemisia II of Caria, who was both his sister and his widow, employed the ancient Greek architects Satyros and Pythis, and the four sculptors Bryaxis, Scopas, Leochares and Timotheus to build a monument, as well as a tomb, for him. The word "mausoleum" derives from the structure of this tomb. It was a temple-like structure decorated with reliefs and statuary on a massive base. It stood for 1700 years and was finally destroyed by earthquakes. Today only the foundations and a few pieces of sculpture remain.
Bodrum Castle and Museum
One of the world's finest museums of underwater archeology housed in a superb 15th century castle built by the Knights of St. John of Rhodes. The world's oldest known shipwreck exhibition is now open. This star attraction rates a 'must see' on everyone's list.
The Mausoleum of Halikarnassus was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Its site is on open-air museum visited with awe for the accomplishments of the ancients. Its monumental statuary is in the British Museum but some artifacts and replicas of its friezes can be seen on the site.
Seating about 13.000 spectators the theater dates to the region of Mausolus but with modifications added by the Romans. With rock tombs above, the site provides an unequalled view of the city.
This western city gate built by Mausolus in 364 B.C. has been recently restored. Composed of four towers it stood against Alexander the Great and his Macedonian troops. Surviving portions of the city wall are under restoration.
Built about 1794 to protect an Ottoman naval shipyard from pirate raids the tower has undergone recent restoration during which remains of Roman baths were found.
DIVING IN BODRUM
What makes Bodrum an interesting location for divers is of course the Aegean Sea itself, which is calm, warm, and free of tides and strong currents. Experienced divers will be in their element with a diversity of diving available. Rugged, volcanic offshore islands provide some very diverse locations including caverns, hot springs, reefs and spectacular drop-offs.
For those new to diving there are many safe bays in Bodrum area providing the perfect setting for a stress free introduction to scuba diving? With sea temperatures ranging roughly 25 degrees Celsius in summer 15 degrees Celsius in winter, Bodrum is a great location for diving holiday at any time of the year. Bodrum also offers great opportunities for those interested in artifacts and archaeology from ancient civilizations can be seen on almost every dive
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