According to HEREDOT, born in 484 B.C., also known as the 'Father of History', Halicarnassus (Bodrum's ancient name), Bodrum was established by the Dors. Later the Lelegs and then Carias had settled in the region. In 650 B.C. the Megerals settled in the area, expended the city and re-named it Halikarnassos. In 386 B.C. Bodrum became a soverignty under the ruling of the Persians.
Halikarnassus had its most glorious era in 353 B.C. when it was the capitol city of the Caria region. The Mausoleum which is one of the seven wonders the world, was build to commemorate the ruling King Mausolos by Artemis who was the king's sister ans also was his wife.
In 192 B.C. Bodrum was captured by the Romans, but the region did not show any improvement in this period. In 395 A.D. it was invaded by the Byzantines, and in the XI cebtury was invaded by the Turks. During the first Crusaders the region was back on the Byzantines hands, in the XIV. century back again on the hands of the Turks. In 1415 it was invaded by the Knights of Rhodes. In 1522 during the ruling of Suleiman the Magnificent the region came under the ruling of the Ottoman Empire.
After the declaration of the Turkish Republic, the name was changed to Bodrum.
The Bodrum Fortress, Halicarnassus Mausoleum, Salamakis Fort (a.k.a. Tiger Fort), Potters Village (Çömlekçi), Musgebi (Ortakent) Village of the Burials, Mydos and the Ancient Theater.
Bardakci Bay, The Aquarium, Tuzla Bird Paradise, Gumbet, Bitez, Ortakent, Yahşi Waterfront, Kargı Bay, Bagla Bay, Aspat Bay, Karaincir Bay, Akyarlar Peninsula, Turgut Reis, Kadı Castle Bay, Gumuslu, Karakaya Village, Geriz Village, Sandima Village, Yalıkavak, Gundogan, Golkoy, Turkbuku, Ilıcabuku, Paradise Cove, Icmeler, Torba, Mumcular, Yalıciftlik/Yalikoy, Salih Island, Bargila/Varvil