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Bodrum is a town on the Aegean coast of Turkey which is popular among tourists and Turkish celebrities. The ancient city of Halikarnassus, which is one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World, is located in Bodrum.
Bodrum in the last 10 years has been one of the most popular holiday destinations in Turkey. Lively night life and beautiful small villages around the peninsula attracts more than 500,000 tourists every summer. The most wonderful part of this small Aegean resort is the crystal clear sea around the resorts. You have perfect visibility for snorkelling and scuba diving.
If you get a chance to visit Bodrum try the earlier months of the summer season, like April and May as it is extremely hot in the high season. October and early November are equally good.
Kadikalesi is great spot for windsurfing and one of the best places on the whole of the Bodrum peninsular if not Turkey. Kadikalesi is situated between Gumusluk and Turgutreis and only takes about 15 minutes to walk from Turgutreis. The wind is cross shore and you can plane straight from the beach. There are also waves that you hit about 100 metres from the shore line and outside there is nice swell as well! In the mornings the wind is light and the water is shallow for about 150 metres, making it very easy to learn windsurfing. In the afternoons the wind picks up for the more advanced. Best time to go to Kadikalesi is during July and August when the wind is strongest. The equipment and instructions are excellent, with previous guests being able to learn to get into the harness and foot straps from complete beginner within two weeks, check out the [http://www.puretourism.co.uk/windsurfing]] website for more details.
Akyarlar situated near to Turgutreis is a great location for a windsurfing holiday. Fener beach benefits from the wind being squeezed between Kos Island and the shore line. The wind is cross shore and is light just by the shoreline. However once you go 200 metres you hit the wind where there is nice swell. The area is great for beginners and advanced windsurfers.
Bitez has the benefit of being 15 minutes from the centre of Bodrum. During the 1980s Bitez was extremely popular, however now days the bay has been overbuilt and the wind is not the same by the shore as it used to be. The bay is still good for windsurfing, the flat Gentle breezes in the morning and good winds in the afternoon make it the good spot for beginners and more advanced
A great festival to go to is the Gumusluk classical music festival. The festival started in 2004 and now has internationally renowned musicians and other up and comers. The concerts start in early July and through August in a 250-year-old church which is situated near to the Dolmus station.
1. Dalaman Airport (DLM) is one the three main airports along the south/southwestern coastline of Turkey, the others being the Bodrum Airport and Antalya Airport. Several dozens of airlines serve well over 100 destinations throughout Turkey, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
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2. Also, Milas-Bodrum Airport (IATA: BJV, ICAO: LTFE) is an important airport and is located 36 km north east of the town of Bodrum, and 16 kilometres south of Milas. Airlines flying into this airport include Corendon Airlines, First Choice, SunExpress, Onur Air, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomsonfly. Starting in April 2009, EasyJet will provide cheap flights as well.
3. Finally, Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB) is located 18 kilometres from Izmir and although it has less charter flights, it serves some more cities on a regular basis. A few dozens of airlines serve the city, with some main destinations including Istanbul, Tehran, London, Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, Vienna, Zürich, Ankara, Athens, Frankfurt, Oslo, Stockholm, Paris, Brussels, Dublin and Belfast.
Dolmush is the mini bus that runs within the city and also to nearby villages and towns.
You can hire mountain bikes from Turgutreis and Bodrum, it is however not recommended doing this as Turkish drivers can be a bit crazy. If you do want to take the risk, the best time is first thing in the morning to avoid the mid-day heat.
There are many bars in Bodrum!
Outside of Bodrum centre there are many other bars:
|Alba Marin Hotel||G:M:K Bulvarý 4023 sok no:9 D-Marin karþýsý Turgutreis||Hotel||-|
|Atrium Hotel||21 Fabrika Sokak||Hotel||-|
|Bodrum Backpackers||37B Ataturk Street||Hostel||79|
|Gardenya Apart @ Hotel||Umurca Mah.Dr Mumtaz Ataman Cad.no:6 Bodrum||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Gulec||Uckuyular St. No:18||Hotel||87|
|Hotel Kalender||Gumbet mah. Ayaz Cad No:50 Gumbet||Hotel||-|
|Mars Otel||Turgut Reis Cad. �mbat ��kmaz||HOTEL||-|
|Merhaba Hotel||Kumbah�e Mh. Akasya Sk.no:11 48400||HOTEL||73|
|Sevin Pansiyon||Carsi Mahallesi Turkkuyusu Caddesi no:5||HOSTEL||-|
|Gardenya Pansiyon||Carsı mah.1017 sk.No :4 Bodrum||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Villa Kaseria||Koknar Sk. No4 Gumbet / Mugla||Hotel||-|
|Antique Theatre Hotel||Kibris Sehitleri Caddesi, 243||Hotel||-|
|Ece Resort||Hürriyet Caddesi No:64 Göltürkbükü||Hostel||-|
|Yilmaz Hotel||Ortakent Yalisi||Hotel||-|
|Kavala Studio Hotel||Kumbahçe Mahallesi Sevecenler Sokak No: 5 Mugla||Hotel||79|
|Artunc Otel||Artemis Main Street Fabrika Street No: 32||Hotel||88|
|Agan Pension||Ataturk Str. No:75||Hotel||77|
|Yildiz Hotel||Bülent Ulusu Sk. No 6||Hotel||-|
|Bodrum Park Hotel||Ayaz Str. Nr:54 Gumbet Bodrum||Hotel||83|
|Panorama Hotel Bodrum||Tepecik mah. 191. sok. no:61 Turkbuku||HOTEL||81|
|Homestay Maya||turgutreis caddesi, Keles cikmazi no :7/9 Bodrum||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Yalıkavak Holiday Gardens||Yalıkavak beldesi Geriş mah. 14. Sok no. 4||APARTMENT||-|
|Can Pension Bodrum||Çarşı Mahallesi, Çarşı Hamam Sokak No:9 Bodrum Merkez||Guesthouse||-|
|BODRUM PINARHAN HOTEL||Pomelan Caddesi No.4 Bitez||Hotel||-|
|Moonshine Apart Hotel||Mars Mabedi caddesi no:57||Hotel||-|
|Kaya Pansiyon||Eski Hukumet Sk 10||GUESTHOUSE||84|
|Myndos Pansiyon||Sanat Okulu cd.1017 sok. No:11||Guesthouse||-|
|Beliz Hotel Bodrum||Menemene Mah. Kamalı Cad. 191 Sk. n 1/1||HOTEL||-|
|Peyma Hotel||Kumbahce Mahallesi Atatürk Caddesi No : 100 MUğl||HOTEL||-|
|Javelin Beach Club and Spa||Kargi Koyu Mevkii Ortakent||Hotel||-|
|Otel Casablanca||esentepe mahallesi sakir esendemir sokak no.26 gumbet||Hotel||-|
|Guzel Ev The Beautiful House||1 Oruc Reis Sokak Gumusluk Mugla||Guesthouse||-|
|Melis Pansiyon||Türkkuyusu Cad Çarşı Mah. No:42||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Centro Bodrum||Cafer Pasa Cad no 30 Bodrum Muğla||HOTEL||82|
|Costa Blu Bodrum||inönü mah. sahil sehiridi no 65||HOTEL||-|
|Highlight Hotel||Merkez Mah.Tilkicik Cad.No:3 Yalıkavak||HOTEL||-|
Internet cafes can be found everywhere except small rural villages. The cost of an hour use of internet ranges from 1 YTL to 1.5 YTL. Wireless internet is becoming popular in some cafes in big cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, and at airpots. But in many other places it's still not available, or sometimes at a very high cost.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Turkey's international country code is 90. Dial 112 for an ambulance anywhere, from any telephone, without a charge. In case of a fire, dial 110; for police, call 155. However, in rural areas there is not a police coverage, so dial 156 for gendarme, a military unit for rural security. All these numbers are free of charge and can be called from a telephone booth without inserting a calling card, or any phone including cell phones.
There are telephone booths owned by Turk Telekom in major parts of cities. public phones now operate with chip telekom cards which are available in 30, 60 or 120 units and can be obtained at post offices, newspaper and tobacco kiosks.
It is estimated that approximately 98% of the population of Turkey lives within the coverage areas of Turkey’s three cell phone line providers. Line providers from most countries have roaming agreements with one or more of these companies. Pre-paid mobile phone SIM cards can be purchased for approximately TRY20-50. These can be purchased at the airport on arrival or from the many outlets in Istanbul and other large cities. Providers include Vodaphone.
PTT is the national post service in Turkey. Services are generally moderately fast but quite reliable. There is an extended price list on the PTT website, where you can see the costs of sending items within Turkey, countries in Europe and further afield. For sending packages one might also use international companies such as DHL and UPS and local companies such as Yurtici Kargo. Post offices bear the distinctive yellow PTT sign and are generally open between 9:00am to 12:00 noon and 1:30pm to 5:00pm from Monday to Friday. Some might keep longer hours or be open during the weekend as well, but this mainly applies to the larger ones or those in central places and tourist areas.
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