Bodrum in History
Established on an historical peninsula at the point where the Aegean and
Mediterranean seas meet, Bodrum is a seaside town which has an impressive history.
Bodrum is built on Halikarnassos, one of the most renowned cities of ancient times.
The first native peoples of the area were the Karians and the Lelegs.
Herodotos ( 484-425 B.C.) recorded that the Karians, known then as the Lelegs,
lived on the islands before moving onto the mainland.
Also according to Herodotos, Halikarnassos was established by the Dors who came
from Troizen, which was situated to the east of Mora. The Dors reached Southwest
Anatolia, via the islands, around 1000 B.C. The first settlement of Halikarnassos
was established where the castle rises today, although that was then an island
Today, Bodrum makes its living mainly from tourism. Also, with
the developments in technology, many fish farms have been
set up. A wide variety of fish are bred at these world class farms,
for both domestic and international markets.
Apart from these, the world famous Milas carpets and kilims are
produced, using natural root dyes, in the villages of Çömlekçi,
Etrim and Karaova.
Bodrum and Tourism
We have emphasised that Bodrum's main source of income today is tourism.
The local and foreign tourists who visit Bodrum are offered many different
possibilities. One of Bodrum's most notable characteristics is its exuberant night
The bar quarter of this beautiful town is a gathering point for those in search
of entertainment. Those who come to this impressive peninsula to leave behind the
weariness of the working life and relax, find the opportunity to enjoy a different
atmosphere at these bars and clubs. But don't assume that the possibilities for
fun and entertainment are limited to this! A wide variety of bars, clubs, and
restaurants scattered around various parts of Bodrum provide enjoyment late into
You can be sure that the Bodrum nights will hold a special place in your memories
long after you depart.