Bodrum is one of the most precious holiday spots in Turkey. It is a peninsula that is situated in the heart of the Aegean region and a province of the city of Mugla. It is very easily accessible by bus or plane (around one hour from Istanbul or Ankara). There are over 20 flights coming into Bodrum daily; the airport is only a half hour ride from city center. It is a very easy and scenic drive by the water with beautiful panoramas enfolding before you to whet your appetite for more delights to come.
You know you are in the right place when you start to see the white stucco cubic houses situated all along the surrounding hills. I remember my very first sight of Bodrum over 25 years ago, after an eight hour drive, we stopped on top of the hill right before entering the main town center; when I first spotted the white houses, typical of the region, lying across the hills near the blue waters of the Aegean and the port with Bodrum castle sitting amidst sailing boats in the middle of all this beauty, I thought it was a picture perfect scene.
The white houses with fuchsia bougainvilleas wrapped around the side are the emblems of this lovely Aegean town. With each passing year these houses seem to come closer and closer to the airport and spread out all over the whole area. Although the area is without a doubt, still one of the most enchanting, that first quaint sight of so many years ago is long gone.
One of the main claims to fame Bodrum has is its unparalleled nightlife. When we were here the summer after graduating from college, every night my friend Terry and I used to go to Halikarnass, one of the most amazing nightclubs in the world, outdoors and right on the water. Today, it is one of many around here and not as widely frequented by the Turkish party scene as other clubs in the outer bays like Turkbuku or Gundogan. All the different bays have a special quality about them, that makes each one worthy of a separate trip. With Bodrum being the main summer resort for anyone and everyone, there are so many restaurants, shops, cafes, bars and nightclubs to choose from that it is impossible to check each one out in a couple of weeks.
But the best part about Bodrum has to be the weather and the sea. Even when it is 40 degrees Celsius outside, there is always a slight breeze and no humidity, making it the most ideal place to visit in the summer months.
We went into the city center today and I walked around the back streets while waiting for my husband, Mehmet to finish his business. Wherever I go, I love to just wander around aimlessly, running into little back alleys with beautiful homes or old, rundown churches and mosques waiting to be discovered. Today, I just entered one of the streets directly across from the Bodrum Marina, and I was in a totally different world.
The back streets I walked through, looked like any village street in this area of the country but I really loved the juxtaposition of the pastoral that is so close to the hubbub of the wild party scene.