Its location is so important and so precious that many communities have fought each other to become the sovereign of this land. Dorians, Persians, Alexander the Great and his successors, the State of Rhodes, the Kingdom of Pergamon, the Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire have controlled over Menteşe and its territory throughout the history. The domination of the lands of Menteşe province of the Turks was reinstated after the13th century.
The regions from the early periods were settled down by the Carians. The knowledge of the community of Leleges which still preserved its own mystery is settled around Bodrum and is known thanks to the ancient writers of the works of art and archaeological findings. The region was named Caria because of the Carians who are indigenous and its name continued until the Byzantine period.
Menteşe province remains within the boundaries of the region known as Caria in ancient times. It was named “Mobolla", "Maes" and “Mogla" in 3rd century BC and can be determined according to written sources. In the same way, the name of the city was mentioned in Salname Aydın Province in 1889 as "Mobella".
The remains of the ancient Mobolla settlement are on the height known as Asar Mountain or Masa Mountain where Menteşe province leans. The 1 km path taking you to the castle walls of Ancient Mobolla has been reconstructed by Prof. Dr. Adnan Diler Muğla University Archaeology Department Chairman and the Chief Advisor Prof. Dr. Adnan Diler within the scope of the project prepared by the municipality of Menteşe.
To provide visitors with easy access with wooden steps-ladders being made and to present it for those who like history and archaeology. A settlement of Mobolla’s early history cannot be obtained in detailed information. It is known that it was ruled by Rhodes's domination the 2nd century BC. According to the inscriptions; at the same time of the Hellenistic age, Mobolla was a member of the unity of Tarmianoi (the unity of Tabaa (Denizli, Tavas) and the locations of the other cities which are not known at present). After Menteşe was taken over by Turks in 1261 with Anatolian Beylik of Mentese, it was ruled by the period of Sultan Bayezid, the sovereignty of the Ottoman Empire.