Bodrum is a port city in Muğla Province, on the southern coast of Bodrum Peninsula, in the southwestern Aegean Region of Turkey. Once it was a cozy fishing village with only a few thousand people, but for the last few decades, Bodrum has experienced a renaissance that has transformed this quiet community into one of Turkey’s most popular vacation hotspots.The city in the past was called Halicarnassus of Caria. Two meters under the narrow streets of the town lies over 5000 years of history. Some of the most important monuments from the past is the castle, the Roman theatre, the Myndus Gate and the Mausoleum. The first settlement in Bodrum which left structural evidence behind was on the rocky little island where the Castle of St. Peter now stands. When the Knights of St. John arrived, they found the ruins of an old castle built by the Dorians in1100 BC. Today the castle is famous for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Bodrum Castle overlooks the harbour and the marina.