A seaside holiday town, Bodrum is one of the most popular summer resorts in Turkey amongst Turkish and foreign gay and lesbian travelers alike.
The town is famous with its very liberal nightlife that attracts straight and gay tourists from all over the world.
Eleven consecutive campaigns of three to four months' duration took place from 1984 to 1994 totaling 22,413 dives, revealing one of the most spectacular Late Bronze Age assemblages to have emerged from the Mediterranean Sea The shipwreck site was discovered in the summer of 1982 due to Mehmet Çakir’s sketching of “the metal biscuits with ears” recognized as oxhide ingots.
Turkish sponge divers were often consulted by the Institute of Nautical Archaeology's (INA) survey team on how to identify ancient wrecks while diving for sponges.
The city had a population of 36,317 in 2012..)Bodrum has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Csa in the Koeppen climate classification).Although there are not many exclusively gay venues, Bodrum is a very open, liberal town and considered truly gay-friendly.Bodrum has limited gay and lesbian hotels, guesthouses and resorts but there are any number of gay friendly hotels, guesthouses and resorts offering a range of prices and amenities to meet the budgets and tastes of the most discerning gay and lesbian traveler.Then, seafarers navigated the rugged coastline carrying goods from throughout the ancient world.In 1958, it was on this coast where Peter Throckmorton, a visiting adventurer and journalist, learned from Turkish sponge divers about a very old shipwreck, said to be laden with copper ingots, lying beneath the sea off Cape Gelidonya.