On Saturday our plan was to ride around the Bodrum peninsula, looking at all the pretty little fishing villages… We got to Gumuşluk is, indeed, very pretty. There’s quite a bit of development there but, due to the presence of archaeologists at ancient Myndos, it’s not excessive. Anyway, it was only just opening up… The roads were in a terrible state of repair (uncomfortable on the bike) and, after wandering round for an hour or so, we changed our minds about our itinerary and set off for Iassos.
Iassos is impressive. The site is spread across the hillside and is very accessible (if you don’t mind a lack of paths and the odd stray cow). There was a man at a hut come ticket office but he was not interested in issuing tickets or trying to take money, he simply waved us through. Dotted around the site there are notices telling you about Iassos, but these are quite faded and difficult to read. One of the notices explained that a lot of the marble facings were taken away by the Byzantines and ‘repurposed’ in Istanbul – who knows what else is missing?
There has been very little restoration which, frankly, we prefer. We particularly liked the theatre – it has some wonderful views down over the bay and across towards the large new development on the opposite hillside. Great for the local economy (if it takes off) but, when we visited, it was market day in a sleepy little fishing village. We would suggest you go soon, if you want to see it that way!