Around Bodrum has its own historic merit. Splendid sights and very interesting places that you can visit wait for you in a few hour distances around beautiful town Bodrum. You can really enjoy traditional Anatolian life in the typical villages of ancient Caria and you can visit many antique sites too.
Bodrum has been known as “Halicarnassos” during many years when it was the capital of Caria. When you visit Milas don’t miss the antique gate known as “Baltali Kapi”. It has the symbol of the Carian civilization which is the decorative relief with double axes on it. In Milas also there is a small model of Mausoleum which was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and it is known as the “Monument of Gumuskesen”.
Nearby the Milas also you can visit the ancient city “Euromos” and “Begin Castle”. The temple in Euromus is still magnificent with its well preserved pillars. Next to Milas also there is “Iassos” ancient site where you can also enjoy your lunch in simple but authentic and clean fish restaurants. Iassos has been mentioned in one of the famous legend and still worth to visit. If you have a chance to visit Iassos you can also enjoy the wonderful panorama from there. In the ancient city “Labranda” which was the centre of oracles, traces of the holy monument “Andron” may also fascinates you.
Water of Bodrum is supplied by the spring water in Labranda. Limestone terraces of “Pamukkale” are unique near the Bodrum and it’s known as Cotton Castle in English. All terraces are created by spring water and lime deposits in 14000 years.
If you visit Bodrum in October or November, don’t miss Bargilya which is not far from Bodrum. In Bargilya you will see all the inhabitants while harvesting olives. It is a different world with its lagoon and adorable fish restaurants. This lagoon which is known as Tuzla Lake is one of the best spot for bird watchers especially because of the flamingos. Bargilya is a meeting place for the history, nature and tranquility.