Bodrum - Ancient Halicarnassus
Halikarnassós was an ancient Greek city, at the site of modern Bodrum, in Turkey. It was located in southwest Caria, on a picturesque, advantageous site on the Ceramic Gulf. The city was famous for the tomb of Mausolus, the origin of the word, mausoleum, built between 353 BC and 350 BC, and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It was part of the Persian Empire (Achaemenid Empire) until captured by Alexander the Great at the siege of Halicarnassus in 334 BC. The site is now occupied, in part by the town of Bodrum, but the ancient walls can still be traced round nearly all their circuit, and the position of several of the temples, the theatre, and other public buildings can be fixed with certainty.
Under 3 of the 20 cypress trees. Natural cooling!
Archaeological excavations, over years, have established that human habitation in the Yalikavak area began around 7000BC,. there are ruins and artifacts from Legean,Carian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman eras. Historic sites such as Sandima, Pasanda (Geriş), Kandiba and Termil-Gökçebel) attract visitors from all over the world. Yalikavak is famous for it's numerous windmills. Yalıkavak is always cooler in the summer than other parts of the region due to the gentle offshore breezes. The town is known for its excellent seafood restaurants. The village still supports a thriving fishing industry and scores of restaurants display a wide selection of fresh fish every day.
The olive season - November through January
Activities & Things To Do
Bodrum has so much to offer. Within hardly 1-2 hours, one can visit world famous archaeological sites like Ephesus, Iassus, Labranda and Herakleia. Daily farmers markets, throughout the peninsula. Top notch nightlife and some of the best seafood restaurants in Turkey. The new Palmarina, the most luxurious marina in the world, is only 5 minutes away and boasts the best shopping, nightlife and cuisine in the area. Aegean beaches and beach clubs are everywhere. Local village breakfasts are another option and in winter, from November through March, there are the Sunday, medieval camel wresting matches. Winter also provides wild greens and mushrooms from the hills behing the property. Alas, perhaps a good book, comfortable chaise lounge and the birds singing in the cypress trees are all you need to relax and rejuvenate.
Superb hand stone work thoughout (Maison Francaise)
Maison Francaise magazine article "mystical house"
Ephesus, one of the 7 Wonders
Winter camel wrestling matches
Dinner by the sea
Palmarina - Yalikavak
Local village breakfast
LABRANDA, a secret discovery for you
Bodrum Farmers Market
The location is awesome and when you first arrive, it will take your breath away. The views are unparalleled and from the property you can see from The new luxurious Yalikavak Marina to the west, Samos Island in Greece, 60km away north and the Bodrum peninsula to the east. While we have 3 suites for rental, we are definitely not like a hotel and in no way do we resemble anything else but a very private home.
If you decide to come, without any prompting, you will immediately feel at ease. The location is marked by twenty, 75 year old Italian cypress trees in which the birds sing and rare squirrels have their early morning breakfast.
Days are balmy, generally breezy and at least 5 degrees C. cooler than what you see below near the sea.
Evenings are perfect for outside dining and the sunsets are always different and magnificent.
One of the highest points on the Bodrum peninsula, this hand crafted stone house affords magnificent views of the Turkish coast as well as the Greek Islands from Kalymnos to Samos. Interior furnished by noted decorator. One of the most unique and beautiful Aegean properties you will find. Surrounded by mandarin, almond, fruit trees and grapes. Private herb and vegetable garden. Extensive natural stone patios. Swimming pool / dining and entertainment areas with unobstructed views of the sea and hills. A private setting in a magical part of Bodrum.