A popular spot for those who love watersports and exploring, Gumbet is a small town in Turkey’s Bodrum area on the south-west coast. There are plenty of activities to keep any visitor busy, both kids and adults, foodies and adrenaline junkies, those who want to relax and those who want an adventure - the town has a bit of everything.
Gumbet’s long, sandy beach is always a popular spot, particularly during the summer months, where temperatures average at 30°C with lots of sun. You can relax on the sand, cool off in the shallow, calm waters or even try out some of the watersports on offer, such as banana boating or paragliding. Out of season temperatures remain mild, and you can take advantage of the town being a little quieter than usual.
There’s lots of opportunities to shop here, with traditional Turkish wares that you can haggle over to your heart’s content. You can refuel at one of the many restaurants with dishes from all over the world. Afterwards, grab a drink at a bar, and if dancing the night away is your thing, the town’s nightclubs are open until the early hours.
The biggest town in the area, Bodrum Town is the place for those looking for a lively break. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants to visit during the day, plus lots of trendy bars and nightclubs when the sun goes down. History buffs can visit the sites of ancient ruins including the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Nearby Bitez has plenty of activities on offer to fill your days but is still quiet enough to maintain a relaxing atmosphere. The beach has facilities for all kinds of watersports, particularly windsurfing, but it’s also perfect for relaxation as the calm waves gently lap at the sandy shore. Seafood fans are also in luck as the beachside restaurants specialise in freshly caught fish.
This quiet fishing village located on the Bodrum peninsular is one of the few places most tourists haven’t discovered yet, so get in there quick. Like something out of a quaint book, there’s a tiny harbour, crescent-shaped beach and cute village to explore. A perfect place to relax in peace and quiet, make sure you take in the slower pace of life here. What’s more, the calm and shallow waters by the beach mean it’s great for families with young children as they won’t be woken by late night revellers.
Visit a Greek Island
If you fancy seeing what’s beyond Gumbet, there are a few boat trips that leave the town for some nearby Greek islands which can make for a fun day trip. Kos is one of the more popular destinations, with a lively town and lots of shopping options.
Go to a Local Mosque
Learning about Turkey’s main religion gives an interesting insight into the country’s culture, and many of the mosques are beautiful buildings in their own right. Be prepared to remove your shoes before you enter, and ensure you’re covered up and dressed respectably to avoid offending anyone there to worship.
Try a New Watersport
Gumbet beach is just the place for both kids and adults to have fun in and on the sea. From taking a white-knuckle ride on a banana boat to seeing the beach from heady heights while paragliding - there’s lots of thrills to be had. There’s also some great dive sites nearby with Big Reef being a notable one, here you can often spot barracuda and parrot fish in their natural habitats.
Go Shopping at a Bazaar
Gumbet has a craft market on Tuesdays, as well as market-style shops behind the beach – providing the perfect opportunity to find gifts and souvenirs. Textiles, silverware and leather goods are the most popular fares and if you want to bag yourself a bargain, it’s a great place to try out your haggling skills.
One of the best things about Turkish cuisine is the sharing dishes that can be enjoyed as a group or family – from meze dishes such as dips and flatbread to chargrilled vegetables and kebab meat. These traditional meals bring everyone together and ensure you can try a bit of everything. You can wash everything down with a traditional glass of Turkish raki; a clear, sometimes aniseed-flavoured alcohol.
Restaurants in Gumbet
Away from the main street, which is full of charming restaurants, you can get a really traditional Turkish experience in Gumbet’s backstreets. Here, there’s cheaper back-road joints serving up delicious stuffed vegetables, meze, kebabs and kofte (Turkish meatballs). For families with fussy little ones, most places are happy to tweak their menus for less spicy versions.
Whether you’re on a family holiday and want to let the kids splash about on the beach, on a romantic couple’s getaway looking for beautiful vistas and delicious food, or a trip with friends wanting to sample some lively nightlife before recovering on the beach the day after, Gumbet has something for everyone. Most of all, of course, everyone wants their trip to be free of hassle, which is where easyJet holidays comes in.
We strive to make the whole experience as seamless as possible, right from the first click – where you can book your flight and hotel at the same time. This means you’ll have more time to plan all the fun stuff you want to see, try and eat! If you want to see what else is on offer beyond Gumbet, check out our Bodrum area guide, where you’re sure to find more exciting places to tempt you.