Bodrum is located at the soutwest tip of Turkey (the western part of Muğla Province) and, with the peninsula, covers an area of 680 km2. Surrounded by Milas from northeastern and Aegean Sea from northwest, west and south directions. Bodrum located as a peninsula between the Güllük Gulf from northern part and Gökova Gulf from south. Soils of Bodrum mostly uneven especially coasts are indented and outdented. Yaran and Pazar mountains shapes the rugged land of Bodrum. Coast line of the Bodrum district is 86 sea miles.
There are only a few cities in the world boasting a history of 5000 years comprising traces from numerous civilizations and standing out as a bridge extending from the past to the present. Throughout history of Bodrum, known as Halicarnassos in ancient times, has always been fought over and people have been unwilling to share its beauty with others. Homer, who is the purported author of the Ancient Greek poems the Iliad and the Odyssey, describes Bodrum as "The land of eternal blue".
Bodrum, hosting the Mousoleium which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World does not attracts tourists due to the sunny beaches, renowned nightlife and blue tour but with cultural tourism as well. Built on a peninsula, Bodrum, with its quite narrow streets winding down to the sea, is famous for its castle, amphitheatre, windmills, world-renowned gulets and the white painted houses.
Bodrum, has the all facilities to meet the expectations of tourists from all income levels. You will enjoy wandering around the white houses in Bodrum's narrow streets, swimming in the deep blue and purely clean sea and having fun at the resplendent nights full of entertainment and music.
Bodrum is one of the most beautiful cosmopolitan and sophisticated holiday resort in Turkey. At any time of the day and night, there is always something going on here.
Bodrum is subject to the Mediterranean climate and the weather is always temperate. The average temperature for winters is 15°C, and for summers is 30°C. However, the level of humidity is not high. Precipitation occurs mainly in winter and spring.
The population of peninsula in winter off-season is about 120 thousand, with about 32 thousand in Bodrum Town. In summer season population reaches to 700 thousand. The centre of the district and resorts in environs such as Turgutreis, Gümüşlük, Yalıkavak, Gündoğan, Göltürkbükü, Torba, Yalıçiftlik, Gümbet, Bitez and Ortakent, famous for their sandy beaches, Bodrum's natural beauty as well as its typical white houses with blue framed windows, enchant every visitor.
Gumbet is a lively beach resort and a popular tourist destination on the Aegean coast of Turkey, 3 km. from famous Bodrum resort, in the Mugla Province.
The city, now independent, is the favorite place especially for the tourists, the people who stay young and young people. This is a good alternative place for the people who are getting bored of the entertainments of Bodrum and only a step away.
While you are walking on the bars street of Gumbet You can rarely see a Turkish written sign which is a miniature version of Bodrum.
The music sounds coming from the bars, night clubs are mixed on the air, and nevermore nobody has complaint about it. In Gumbet there are restaurants where you can find the cuisines of Indian, Mexican and Chinese.
Bitez is the place to store energy beforehand or the place to rest following raving nights in Bodrum. If you want to absorb the peace and happiness hidden amongst the tumultuous mixture of the green and the blue, sprinkled with the orange rays of the sun, find yourself a corner on the canvas, for you are in the right place but if you are after red hot nightlife, Bitez is not for you.
Just 5 minutes drive from Bodrum center. A jewel in the crown, so to speak, the crescent shaped beachside is surrounded by restaurants, textile shops, cafes and pensions; thus, preventing the noise of traffic reaching the shore. The side streets and roads are clean and impeccably maintained. In the past Bitez known as Agacli, vast mandarin groves and many stone houses will warmly greet you as you wonder towards the heartland of the town. Mosaic works of a chapel, though to be built around 5th or 6th century AD as well as the water cisterns are still intact.
Torba, very modern village in the administrative area of the Bodrum Municipality, is a notable but small tourist resort. It has pebbly and sandy beaches, several modern hotels and hillsides richly scented with herbs growing in the wild. There are many reminders of the past well worth seeing. A superbly preserved round structure was built by the Lelegians more than 2500 years ago, it is probably a tomb and crowns a high hill overlooking the village while the ruins of a byzantine monastery stand on the east side of the bay. Due to its proximity to Bodrum, Torba is a popular lunch and swimming spot.
It is also the terminus for ferry services between the Didyma and Bodrum peninsula where day excursions can be made to the famed The Temple of Apollo. The ferry is also a convenient means to visit the impressive sites of ancient Priene and Miletos. Frequent minibuses make these trips and day visits convenient and inviting.