The Top 10 Things to See and Do in Muğla

Sedir Island | © Yilmaz Oevuenc / Flickr
Sedir Island | © Yilmaz Oevuenc / Flickr

Muğla is both the name of a city on Turkey’s southwestern coast as well as a province that comprises a large area along the Aegean coast. Apart from tourist summer hot spots such as Bodrum, Marmaris, and Fethiye, the province also has plenty of natural wonders and archaeological sites. We take a look at the best.

Bodrum Castle

Bodrum’s castle is the city’s most important landmark and towers over the area in all its medieval splendor. The castle, built in the 1400s, served the medieval Catholic military order of the Knights of St. John and was known as the Castle of St. Peter. Nowadays, it is a museum that houses an impressive collection of ancient shipwrecks discovered in the Aegean.

Bodrum Castle, Çarşı Mahallesi, 48400 Bodrum, Muğla Province, Turkey, +90 252 316 25 16

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

The remains of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus are often overlooked but signify one of the world’s most important aesthetic wonders. Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the mausoleum was once 148 feet (45 meters) high, with all four walls adorned with sculptural reliefs. The giant tomb, constructed between 353 and 350 BC, was for Mausolus, satrap of the Persian Empire, and his wife, Artemisia II.

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Tepecik Mahallesi, 48440 Bodrum, Muğla Province, Turkey