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Gundogan Holidays

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Bodrum holidays

Turkey’s laid-back summer haven

While you’ll only need to spend one morning in Gundogan to understand why its name translates as ‘sunrise’, it’s the kind of place you’ll never want to leave. The first time you gaze up at the clouds, tinted pink and purple in the dawn light, is unforgettable. An upmarket resort on the northern coast of Turkey’s Bodrum peninsula, Gundogan holidays are all about quality. Quality beaches – three have Blue Flag status, reserved for the safest, cleanest sandy sweeps – which hug an idyllic horseshoe-shaped bay.

Quality scenery – in the surrounding craggy peaks, carpeted with lush olive and citrus groves and pine trees. And finally, quality time – spent at the lovely beachside restaurants and cafés. The emphasis is always on taking things at a relaxed pace, having an unhurried sit-down meal accompanied by a bottle of something crisp and refreshing. With perfect sunrises and plenty more besides, holidays to Gundogan in Turkey are perfect for families, couples and groups looking to switch off and bliss out.

Your Gundogan questions, answered

Yes, a number of trails depart from town and snake up through the woods, and will suit varying fitness levels. Look out for photogenic overgrown ruins as you walk.
Fragrant mandarin orange groves line Gundogan’s hills and trails – an important cash crop in this part of the world. That, and sponge diving, are how Gundogan used to make its living.
From about April the mercury rarely sinks below a most agreeable 20°C. In high summer, expect proper sunbathing conditions, with temperatures lingering around a sultry 30°C.

Best things to do in Gundogan

Visit Rabbit Island

Take a boat or stroll along a shallow sunken causeway – built by the ancient King of Halicarnassus, no less – to this charming islet where you’ll find rabbits hopping about among Byzantine-era ruins.

Hit the water

The protected cove is a good place to have a go at some water sports, from snorkelling to windsurfing. If you fancy braving the depths, you can join a scuba diving trip from the jetty.

Haggle at the market

Every Wednesday, traders from around the region set up stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, olives and cheese. Also on offer are local crafts like rugs and pottery, which make excellent souvenirs.