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Bodrum


Lying at the north-western end of the gulf is Bodrum – the ancient Halicarnassus, an extremely popular resort. Bodrum is renowned for its nightlife and somewhat bohemian atmosphere, perhaps due to the large number of exiled artists and poets who once lived here, and consequently left their lasting mark on the town. The castle of St. Peter, built by the knights of St. John, houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, reputedly the best in the entire Mediterranean area. Bodrum was also the site of the tomb of Mausolos, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Unfortunately nothing remains of the tomb today but from the King’s name were derived the word ‘mausoleum’ which is still in use today. Close to Bodrum is the bay of Bitez which, with its prevailing winds, is a popular resort for windsurfers.