A great way to end 2008
Milas Travel Blog› entry 493 of 658 › view all entries
People who contributed to, and improved my trip: Eric and Dave (USA)
For the last day of 2008, Eric, Dave and I had decided to rent a car and visit four ancient sights that lay within striking distance of Bodrum. The previous day i had negotiated the price of an automatic car down to 45YTL ($30) for 24 hours, which was a real bargain, especially when split between the three of us. The owner picked up Eric and Dave first and then came around to collect me and finalise the formalities.
The opening sight of the day was Milas, which boasted an impressive castle and also some other quirky remains that were dotted around the town.
Built by the the Byzantines and later occupied my the Turkish Emirs of Mentese, the fortress had served as the capital of Mentese in the 14thCentury. We clambered around the ruins, which were free to get in (normally 8YTL) and other than some chickens and a farmer who has a house there, we were all alone. Looking over the walls we were rewarded with commanding views of the valley below, which seemed a long way down.
Having poked around the castle for half an hour or so, we went to see the other buildings which were in the area.
Milas has a population of nearly 45,000, so it was big enough to get lost in and without a map, thats exactly what happened to us. Thankfully Turkish people are always willing to help you out and the first old guy that we asked got into our car so he could give us accurate directions. We wondered if he was heading in our direction anyway, but once we arrived at Baltali Kapi (Gate with an Axe), he got out and walked all the way back to where he had come from! What a nice bloke. The gate was ok, but having snapped a quick photo, there wasn't much else to do, so we left in search of Gumuskesen (Silver Purse).
Once again we had no clue how to get where we wanted to go next, so asked a local guy, who jumped into his car and signaled for us to follow him, even though this was going totally out of his way! Just like the Castle, we had the place all to ourselves and thus avoided another 8YTL admission fee. Already we had paid for the car by not having to buy tickets! The Roman tomb was from the 2ndCentury and whilst it was very nice, it once again only occupied a few minutes of our time.
All three of us were feeling hungry but we didn't really want to stay in Milas for lunch, so decided that we would drive towards our next destination and see what we came across.... SEE LABRANDA BLOG FOR THE CONTINUATION OF OUR DAY!