Day 9: Bodrum

Sirince to Bodrum

From Sirince to Bodrum was a 2.5 hour drive over about 176km. The drive was nice, the highway was good and easy to navigate.

Route to Bodrum

Route to Bodrum

Bodrum was more “upmarket” than we thought. Modern white villas stacking up the long stretches of hills over looking the blue sea. Bodrum was a quiet town of fishermen and sponge divers until the early 20th century. Today it looked like the resorts of the rich and famous.

Reaching Bodrum

Reaching Bodrum

We checked into our stay “Roas Hotel” and was so “blown away” by the view from our large balcony of our suite. The view was so stunning that we felt happy to just spent the rest of the day in our suite looking out into the sea.

View from our balcony, Roas Hotel

View from our balcony, Roas Hotel

We drove to the “Windmills” of Bodrum which were on a hill not far from our stay. Most of the windmills had already lost their roofs and “sails” or “fins” or “blades” whatever they were called. They looked just like white stumps.

Windmills of Bodrum

Windmills of Bodrum

The windmills of Bodrum were built in the 18th century during the Ottoman era. They were constructed by Greek craftsmen who were brought to the area specifically for this purpose. At the time, Bodrum was an important trading center and the windmills played a vital role in the local economy. They were used to grind wheat and other grains, which were then sold to bakers and other merchants.

On the hill where the windmills stood we had a great view of Bodrum city and its holiday villas surrounding the bay.

Holiday villa of Bodrum

Holiday villas of Bodrum

We were able to see Bodrum Castle too, it was a grey structure among white villas. The Bodrum Castle (Castle of St. Peter) was located on a small rocky peninsula set between two sheltered bays in Bodrum,

Bodrum bays as seen from Bodrum windmills Hill

Bodrum bays as seen from Bodrum windmills Hill

Bodrum Harbour was indeed spectacular. It was the heart and soul of the town where past and present merged seamlessly. The atmosphere was vibrant, the brilliant blue sky, the turquoise crystal clear water and a huge yacht-filled marina. In this place history (fortified castle, ancient Greek/Roman theatre) coexisted with modern comforts: boutique, shops, restaurant along its boulevard. This place definitely deserved a longer stay but sadly we only planned a night!

Bodrum Habour

Bodrum Habour

Our Stay in Roas Hotel

Our Suite at Roas Hotel, had a large living room, a bedroom and a toilet. It had a huge balcony that overlook the sea in front. The cost was Eur67.50 for a night which also included breakfast. This was the best hotel we had stayed so far in our trip. Parking was just outside the hotel main door/gate with no charges at all!

Our Suite at Roas Hotel

Our Suite at Roas Hotel

Breakfast was in the a “glass” dining hall that had a lovely view of the sea. Breakfast was “Turkish” with great cafe latte.

Breakfast at Roas Hotel

Breakfast at Roas Hotel

Other Accommodations in Bodrum

 

 

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