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04 Jul 07

Sun Sea And Discovery In Bodrum Turkey

With its mouth-watering cuisine, beautiful coastline and famed reputation for hospitality, southern Turkey is a place where everyone is welcomed.

--- Southern Turkey is experiencing somewhat of a renaissance. The Bodrum Peninsula on the south west coast is particularly appealing, and nowhere more so than the fascinating town of Bodrum itself, second only to Istanbul for history, culture and entertainment.

Bodrum is currently one of the best areas in Turkey for new property development. There are new property developments in the Bodrum area which are selling for as little as £60,000. Sunset Apartments, for example, in the unspoilt and picturesque fishing town of Gulluk, is a superb complex of luxurious two-bedroom apartments with wonderful views of Gulluk Bay, 10 –15 minutes walk from the beach and just 3km from the town centre

Traditionally known for fishing, boat building and weaving, Bodrum today is a cultural and artistic centre, well known for its lively nightlife and vibrant atmosphere. The heart of the town is around the harbour where bars and restaurants can be found to satisfy all tastes and requirements.

There are numerous attractions of cultural interest throughout the town and indeed the peninsula as a whole. Bodrum, originally known as Halicarnassus, has a tremendous history. Cited by Homer and Herodotus among others, its fortunes and downfalls include being governed by Persian princes, burnt and conquered by Alexander the Great and reigned over by the Egyptians and the Romans.

The yachting port boasts the ruins of the original Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, once named as one of the seven wonders of the world. The Castle of St Peter, also called Bodrum Castle, looms over the town and is a fascinating attraction. Once a Crusader fortress, it now houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, exhibiting collections of ancient artefacts including relics from local shipwrecks. A massive antique amphitheatre is used for concerts and, offering panoramic views of the castle and the sea, is used often for other spectacles.

Ideally located to explore the whole peninsula, Bodrum is well served with buses and roads with regular intercity routes to Istanbul. It is also a good base for boat trips along the Aegean coast. The Temple of Artemis can be found at Epheus, a few miles north, and 30 minutes by road is the traditional fishing town of Gulluk with its spectacular bay.

Gulluk is well known as a fishing paradise and it is here that the some of the best fish restaurants can be found. Located in a now protected bay, Gulluk offers tranquillity, beautiful surrounding countryside and the most spectacular sunsets. Gulluk is an exciting new holiday destination and one of the many attrtactions along the Bodrum Peninsula.

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