|The Gulf of Gulluk,
and harbor of the same name, lie north of the Bodrum peninsula on the
Aegean. The mythological Dolphin Boy is said to have been born a little
farther to the north at Kiyikislacik (Iassos) South of Gulluk,Varvil
ancient Bargilya, sits at the end of a deep narrow inlet surrounded by
olive covered hillsides.
Inland from Gulluk is Milas, ancient Mylasa, known for its beautiful
carpets, a century old tradition which continues today. The weavers rarely
mind a visitor watching them at work. Plenty of old Turkish houses with
carved timbers and latticed windows provide examples of the vernacular
architectural style. Gumuskesen, a monumental tomb, thought to be a small
copy of the famous Halicarnassus Mausoleum, stands in the west of the city.
The ancients built Labranda, a sanctuary dedicated to Zeus, high in the
mountains. Today tourists have rediscovered this mountain retreat and
escape to its exhilarating air and breathtaking scenery.