Bodrum is a Turkish coastal town located not too far from the Greek Island of Kos and is built over the ruins of the Ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus. Halicarnassus was home to the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Settled in the 7th century by the Carians and the Dorians, the city then fell to the Persians until Alexander the Great came and took it from them. The Crusaders came and used some of the stones from the now destroyed Mausoleum of Mausolus to build Bodrum Castle.

Amir Timur (for those that remember Uzbekistan) comes along, destroys a similar castle in Rhodes which the Knights Hospitaller later rebuild thanks to Ottoman Sultan, Mehmed I. Suleiman the Magnificent conquers that castle, forcing the Crusaders to retreat and surrender Bodrum Castle to the Ottomans.

In the 15th century, the Crusaders built Bodrum Castle and want everyone to know that giant’s are prone to falling off rooftops.

Bodrum marina, including some of the MANY accommodation options. Given the place’s popularity with British tourists, this is one of the few places in Turkey where you can find a traditional English breakfast with bacon.

In the 15th century, the Crusaders built Bodrum Castle and want everyone to know that giant’s are prone to falling off rooftops.

The remains of the Mausoleum of Mausolus.

View of Bodrum’s sail and fishing boats, perfect for weekend trips out to Kos.

Originally written for Moka