Bodrum is a district and a port city in the southwestern Aegean Region of Turkey. The city was called Halicarnassus of Caria in ancient times and was famous for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built by the Knights Hospitaller in the 15th century, Bodrum Castle overlooks the harbor and the marina. The castle includes a museum of underwater archaeology.

It takes 50 minutes via boat to reach the Greek island of Kos  from Bodrum, with services running multiple times a day by at least three operators. 

Boat Tour (1) from Kos in Greece to Bodrum, July 2009

On clear days you can see Kos from Bodrum. During a vacation in Kos we took a boat across to spend some hours sightseeing and shopping.

To get into Turkey you need a visa, and we had to fill in forms that were checked and stamped on arrival in Kos.

Our ticket included a short sightseeing: Windmills on a hill overlooking the city, and a sales stop at a jeweler. It was a really hot day, and it was nice to sit in a restaurant in the harbor afterwards with cold drinks.

Boat Tour (2) from Kos in Greece to Bodrum, July 2009

Bodrum was nice, and we decided to take another tour. This time we knew our way around in the city center, and we therefore had better time to look around.

Still warm, but with cold drinks it was OK.