Torba, a modern village
in the administrative area of the Bodrum Municipality,
is a small but notable tourist resort. It has
several modern hotels, pebbly and sandy beaches
and hillsides richly scented with herbs growing
in the wild. There are reminders of the past well
worth seeing. A superbly preserved round structure
built by the Lelegians more than 2500 years
ago, probably a tomb, crowns a big hill overlooking
the village, while the ruins of a Byzantine monastery
stand on the east side of the bay.
Due to its proximity to Bodrum, Torba is a popular
swimming and lunch spot. It is also the terminus
for ferry services between the Bodrum peninsula
and Didyma where day excursions can be made to
the famed Temple of Apollo.
The ferry is also
a convenient means to visit the impressive sites
of ancient Miletus and Priene. Frequent minibus
connections with Bodrum make these trips and day
visits convenient and inviting.