History is a big deal in the town of Bodrum in the Anatolian southwest of Turkey. It was the birthplace of Herodotus, “father of history”, as well as the site of an enormous tomb built for King Mausolus which gave us the term “mausoleum”. It went the way of all but one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (take a bow, Great Pyramid!) but some of its stones ended up in Bodrum Castle, still very much in place. And if this prominent landmark looks like something from Western Europe, that’s because it essentially is; it was built as a strategic fortress by Crusaders in 1402.
The town’s vacation-time clientele is as varied as its history. With a sheltered marina and upscale seafront restaurants it’s a popular destination for well-to-do Turks, while budget airlines regularly disgorge planes full of young Europeans in search of Bodrum’s famed nightspots, dominated by outdoor mega-club Halikarnasas. But if you favor R’n’R over BPMs, you need only head to one of the dinky fishing villages on the surrounding peninsula
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