Mylasa

Mylasa

Mylasa is a very picturesque western Anatolian town, halfway between Söke and Bodrum. Though the population has recently expanded, it has lost none of its traditional flavor. Typical of the city are the old houses with overlying bay windows and courtyards. On every...

Ancient City Latmos

Ancient City Latmos

The ancient city of Latmos preceded the city of Herakleia. King Mausolos demanded that the citizens had to move to the newly founded city of Herakleia. We visit Latmos then walk to two caves with Byzantine frescos in the Latmos Mountains. From here we walk to...

Euromos

Euromos

Euromos is just off the main Söke-Milas road, though most people pass it by on their non-stop rush to the coast. It is actually well worth a visit, especially for its Temple of Zeus with its 12 still-standing Corinthian columns, in spite of the many earthquakes the...

Miletus

Miletus

The foundations of modern science were established between 600 BC - 450 BC in Miletus. Thales, who measured the duration of a solar eclipse, Anaximenes, and Anaximendros, who theorized about the nature of existence and Hypodames the first city planner, all were...

Citywall of Herakleia

Citywall of Herakleia

Hiking along the ancient city walls of Herakleia. The wall is remarkably long (6kms) and has 65 watch towers. There are wonderful views of the lake. A visit to Herakleia afterward is optional. Driving approx 1 h, Hiking approx 5 h Contact

Endymion

Endymion

Endymion was a shepherd leading his flock through the bizarre rocks of Mount Latmos. He played his flute so well that Selene, Goddess of the Moon fell in love with him. But Zeus also fell in love with him and was jealous of Selene. So Zeus intrigued against Selene and...

Orchids

Orchids

On the property of Hotel Silva Oliva can be found over 15 different orchid varieties. In the region around Lake Bafa, there are over 60 different orchid varieties. Some Orchid Varieties found on our property: Anacamptis pyramidalis Ophrys lesbis Ophrys speculum Ophrys...

Didyma

Didyma

Didyma is today best known as a holiday center, but it actually takes its name from one of the greatest centers of knowledge of the ancient world, which is the Temple of Apollo with its famous oracle. The original temple was destroyed by the Persians but on the orders...

Gerga

Gerga

The biggest cult-center in the Latmos Mountains is Gerga. It is totally unique and not very well understood even now. Gerga was a holy place with no settlement. The most noticeable building is the Temple which is built in stone but constructed like a wooden temple....