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Until the mid-20th century, the Bodrum Peninsula was little known, and its gorgeous coastline was home to fishermen and sponge divers. Then a bohemian set (artists, writers, and painters) discovered Bodrum and put the place on the map. Today, Bodrum is booming—a year-round getaway for Turks and foreigners alike. You’ll be in the center of the action in Bodrum town, the busiest spot on the peninsula,
but a stay in one of the smaller villages nearby will reveal the region’s quieter charms and its landscape of tangerine orchards and stone windmills. The lovely, mysterious stone domes that dot the landscape are old water cisterns.
On the southern shores of a broad peninsula that stretches along two crescent-shape bays, Bodrum has for years been the favorite haunt of the...