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5,000 year old Fishing Town, Iasos Bodrum

5,000 year old Fishing Town, Iasos Bodrum
Originally a city in Caria located on the Gulf of Iassos ( now the Gulf of Gulluk ) about 31km from the centre of Milas , attracted settlers because of its good harbour and fisheries and is still known for its excellent local fish. Traces of occupancy of the Minoan and Mycenaean people dating back to 1900 BC have been found here but mostly what can be seen today dates from 2nd century AD.
The hilltop castle was a medieval foundation of the Knights of St. John and after the Turkish conquest was named Asimkalesi (Asim’s Castle or Asim Castle).  
Entering the site via the modern village of Kıyıkışlacık is a Roman mausoleum which now serves as a museum for the site and inside there, the museums main attraction, a Corinthian temple tomb sitting on a stepped platform.

Other attractions at the site include the dipylon (gate) set in the Hellenistic city wall, a well preserved Roman bouleuterion, agora, caesarium, Roman villa with murals and floor mosaics, a small Temple of Demeter and Kore, a stoa of Artemis and the hillside theatre giving good views over the northeast harbour.

Iasos used to be an island, which formed into a peninsula within years because the alluvium. 

Getting to Iasos

To visit Iasos, while you are traveling from Milas to Bodrum, you will need to turn right (40 km before Bodrum) where you see the sign for Iasos.
There is an hourly dolmus from Milas to Kiyikislacik and excursion boat trips from Gulluk , a small resort 27km southeast of Milas .

Iasos Beaches and Restaurants

There are no nearby beaches accessible by foot or car and Kıyıkışlacık village has half a dozen restaurants specialising in fish with a few pansiyons open in the summer.    

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