Vagobond Travel Museum – Bodrum, Turkey – the complete guide

Each week I scour the internet for the best stories of travel and post them at our G+ page, but while I’m on the road, the truth is, I don’t have the time to look for stories that cover the whole world – so I’m sharing the stories, photos and videos that catch my attention about the places I am each week.

This week, my wife, infant daughter and I are in Bodrum,  Turkey which is usually sunny and beautiful but right now is so windy and stormy that it’s already caused a few boats to sink and killed at least one fisherman. The ferrys to the Greek Island of Kos have been cancelled as I write and there is no telling how long the storms will continue. Well, certainly if you come to Bodrum, I recommend staying at the Antique Theatre Hotel – here is a complete list of other great hotels in Bodrum

Let’s start with some traditional Turkish music – Bodrum, Bodrum by Mazhar and Fuat.

Next you should know that Bodrum is particularly famous for the beautiful wooden yachts called Gulets – here is a fine page about the various gulets – it’s in Turkish, but hey, this is the internet and you can simply translate the page with Google Translate.

And of course, this wouldn’t be a complete guide without the blurb from Wikitravel gracing the page:

Bodrum is a small but charming little port located on the Aegean coast of Turkey. It has a population of less than 50,000 people, with traditional occupations of fishing, boat building and agriculture. Tourism has become the main industry of port however, and attracts thousands of tourists each year.

Bodrum was once known as Halicarnassus. One of the seven wonders of the Ancient World, The Mausoleum of Mausolus was located here.
Until the 1960’s, this small port town was relatively unknown, but things changed when a group of Turkish intellectuals wrote about their visits to Bodrum. Cevat Sekir, an Oxford graduated Turk, especially, made a huge contribution to opening up Bodrum to the World and the rest of Turkey through his descriptions of Bodrum in his book “Blue Voyage”. Since, then thousands have been inspired to visit Bodrum and experience the same delights, making Bodrum one of the primary tourist destinations in Turkey. It is a perfect blend of the ancient and modern worlds. Along with numerous archaeological ruins, you would find a number of bars, clubs, discotheques and all the usual nightlife activities that are associated with Mediterranean tourist destinations. There are two contrasting faces of Bodrum.

Of course, now you want to know more about Bodrum, so here is a wonderful site with a very enlightening brief history and much more at
As a place where people have lived continuously for thousands of years Bodrum has an incredibly deep history. Its position in or near so many of the great civilizations and events of ancient history also makes Bodrum (Bodrum’s ancient name was Halicarnassus) an important site for historians. Finding one source of complete historical information on Halicarnassus is apparently impossible, so the account that follows is a distillation from several sources.

The Father of History, “Herodotus“, was born in Halicarnassus…

The first settlement in Bodrum which left structural evidence behind was on the rocky little island where the Castle of St. Peter now stands (the castle was once completely surrounded by sea). When the Knights of St. John arrived to build their fortress, they found the ruins of an old castle, now known to have been built by the Dorian’s roughly around 1100 BC.

Of course, perhaps, like me, you were raised on educational videos and prefer to watch a tourist board video complete with out of date footage and dry historical facts narrated in a sometimes difficult to understand accent. Never fear, here you are:

Certainly, this wouldn’t be the Vagobond Travel Museum if I didn’t include a few blogs that talk about Bodrum –

Back to Bodrum is a charming, entertaining and very informative blog filled with travel information about Bodrum, Bodrum memoirs, cute kid photos, and even – how to tie a bowline!  The description should be enough to make you click the link:

In early 1982 I boarded a Turkish Kibris flight to Izmir – my destination was a 29 foot sloop in Bodrum’s new marina. At 22, my belongings fitted into a worse for wear sailing holdall. This year I made a similar journey from Heathrow to Bodrum. Thirty years have passed and Bodrum has changed. There are plenty of very good blogs detailing the ex-pat journey through modern Turkey. The aim of this one is to catch sight of past Turkey through my experience of re-settling in modern Bodrum.

Apparently, my family and I aren’t the only visitors who are finding the rain and storm here – this post from the Carmichaels Abroad proves it!

We woke up this morning thinking that we were early to rise, but we were rather later than usual, not really stirring until 8:00.  The sky was so overcast that it seemed much earlier, and promised rain, a promise that it more than delivered.  We saw the yachts and harbour of Bodrum, and we saw the Maritime Archaeological Museum, located in St. Peter’s castle, in the rain.  This museum is dedicated to finds that sponge divers and others have found in the coastal waters off Turkey, and include two amazing shipwrecks that are almost entirely intact.  We saw the remnants of the Tomb of Mausoleus in a very heavy rain, and attempted to wait out part of the storm in the thieves’ tunnel.  We then walked up to the theatre in the rain, then, soaked through, we walked back to our hotel, took a wrong turn, and ended up with a wet but scenic hike through the entire town. 

HekticTravels had a great post about Bodrum recently that starts with ““This is not Turkey, this is Bodrum,” our friend Güne? relayed to us as we strolled along a seaside promenade, hearing English and other accents being bantered around beside us.

And here are a few photos of sunnier days in Bodrum from our G+ friends:

And that’s it for now – the world of travel is now better than it has ever been before and while there were plenty of other great travel stories this week – that’s it for this weeks inductions into the Vagobond Travel Museum. To let me know about any great travel pieces, contact me at Vagobond Travel Media , our other social media or using the contact form here at

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