Milas is at the borders of Mugla and close to Izmir and Aydın provinces in the south west of the Aegean region of Turkey. It is so close to Bodrum. The Gulf of Gokova is to its south. Oren, Mandalya and Gulluk Gulfs are the beaches that connect to Aegean Sea.
It is the second largest district of Mugla. It witnessed many civilizations such as Caria, Rome, Byzantine, Seljuk, Anatolian Beylik of Mentese and Ottoman Turks with its 5000 years of history. Ancient Milas was the capital city of Caria under Persian reign in the 6th century BC.
After the Ionian revolt and the Persian wars in the 5th century BC, It participated in the Navy Confederation of Attica-Delos in 446 BC. Ada, the Queen of Caria became responsible for the region which was seized by Alexander The Great. Milas had been the Roman courts-headquarters since 143 BC and when Attalus III, the Kingdom of Pergamon legated to Rome, it became a city of the Roman province of Asia.
During the Byzantine period, it became the centre of Bishopric. Following the Battle of Manzigert in 1071, Seljuk Turks spreaded in Anatolia. Milas, capital city of the Anatolian Beylik of Mentese has been ruled by Mentese Bey during the recession in 1284. The capital was later moved to the high parts of Becin for defence purposes.
Milas became the sovereignty of the Ottoman Empire in 1392. It became a district of Mugla after the Republic. There are many archaeological sites such as Heracleia of Latmos, Alinda, Labranda, Euromos, Iasos and Bargylia.
Today, Milas is famous for its world known carpets as the tradition has been began in the region since the 18th century. Besides, the Hungarian style houses inspired by European architectures, houses with wood carved, lattice window and small gardens are traditional Turkish houses and examples of local architecture.