When you hear the name “Blue Voyage”, you think of a voyage of incredible beauty which starts off from Bodrum and reaches out towards Antalya. This voyage, on the most beautiful and cleanest waters of the world, begins in one of the antique regions, Karia, and extends to Pamphylia passing through the Lycian region.
We know that navigation had existed in very ancient times in the whereabouts of Bodrum called Karia in antique ages, and the center of which was Bodrum, namely Halicarnassos. Artemisia I who ascended to the throne in the year 480 B.C., as the Queen of Halicarnassos, joined the Naval War of Salamis together with the Persian fleet, commanding her own fleet, and was so successful that the Persian King said “The men fought as if they were women in this war, and the women fought as if they were men”. Even today, after hundreds of years, the people of Bodrum keep navigation at an enviable level in the region, both in respect to boat construction and captainship.
The region that starts from the Stream of Dalaman and extends to the whereabouts of Antalya, is called the Lycian Region. We know that the Lycians who were a tribe of seafarers just like the people of Karia, lived in this region in the year 2000 B.C. We learn from a letter written by the King of Cyprus to Amenophis III, the Pharaoh of Egypt asking for his help, that the Lycians went on sea campaigns against Cyprus in the year 1400 B.C. The King of Cyprus also writes in his letter that the Lycians were helpless against this tribe and that they invaded the seas and captured a city each year.
It is worth seeing how the blue waters and the green nature embrace each other during the Blue Voyage that goes on from Bodrum to Antalya. One can hardly ignore the existence of, and admire, among these natural beauties, the ancient cities such as Knidos, Caunos, Telmessos, Antiphellos, Myra, Olympos, Phaselis and the rock tombs in the Lycian cities.