On the most westerly tip of Turkey’s Bodrum peninsula, Gumusluk is the perfect place to go to get away from the daily grind. You’ll feel this before you even get there, as the fishing village is only accessible via a scenic side road through the hills. Once you’re there, you’ll see a charming portside village that has maintained its authentic feel despite its increasing popularity. One of the oldest settlements in the area, today’s village sits on top of the ancient Carian city of Myndos, much of which slipped into the sea after an earthquake.
Free from noisy crowds, Gumusluk is a calm and serene place that’s perfect for wandering around – you won’t want to be in a rush when the summer temperatures average 30°C. Go for a meal at one of the seafood restaurants along the seafront, watch the fishing boats go in and out of the harbour, or join in with the locals as they play backgammon – don’t forget to stop now and again to take in the stunning sea views.
If you’d like to experience a place with more buzz in the daytime, Bodrum Town isn’t far. A popular destination for groups and families, in particular, there’s plenty to do – visiting an aquapark, scuba diving and discovering more ancient ruins are just the start of it. There’s a large variety of restaurants and cafes, and a buzzing nightlife – bars and clubs are pumping until the early hours.
Another quiet town with some beautiful views on offer, Akyarlar is also off the beaten track and free of tourist crowds. Its crescent-shaped beach is lined by dramatic cliffs and is a great place to try out windsurfing. Walk up the hill to the centre of the village for a look at authentic Turkish town life – the locals here still cook and live in a traditional way.
The unspoilt seaside town of Gundogan is surrounded by craggy cliffs, pine woods and tangerine groves. There is also a lovely beach and harbour, where you can sit at one of the waterside restaurants and watch Turkish gulet boats go in and out. The beach is also worth a visit – set up with parasols and sun loungers, you can sunbathe in comfort, before going for a swim in the calm, clear waters.
Visit Rabbit Island
Visible from the harbour, you’ll be able to see nearby Rabbit Island, which you can reach by an underwater pathway. Any budding photographers will love the panoramic views of the surrounding sea and coast.
Attend a concert in the ancient church
The village’s ancient church is a lovely building to behold at any time, but it is also a venue for classical music concerts. Its architecture really adds to the sound, and the grand decoration lends itself to the moving atmosphere.
Go fishing from the pier
Head down to the pier at dawn or dusk which are the best times to catch yourself some dinner. There are plenty of fish around – cast off into the bright blue waters, and then you can fry or barbecue your catches on the beach. There’s nothing like earning your meal!
Snorkel around ancient ruins
Much of what’s left of the ancient city of Myndos is now underwater, making a great reason to don a mask and flippers and spend a few hours exploring underwater. You can also use a snorkel to take a look at the site where Brutus and Cassius escaped in 44 BC after murdering Julius Caesar – it’s worth holding your breath for!
If you think of yourself as someone that doesn’t like sharing food, hopefully a meal of delicious Turkish mezze will change your mind. With taste influences from the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa, there are big flavours and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables – as well as spicy, succulent meat. Even if you still don’t like sharing yours, you’ll certainly want the rest of your table to share theirs!
Restaurants in Gumusluk
As Gumusluk is a fishing village, you might have already guessed that seafood is a big feature here. Seaside restaurants have both beautiful views and enticing menus full of fresh fish dishes, combined with Turkish touches. Used to visitors, many of the restaurants also offer staples such as pizza if you’re not a seafood fan, or have fussy kids to please.
The perfect place for a fun and varied family holiday, or a couple’s relaxing retreat, Gumusluk offers a great setting to kick back and get some peace. The last thing you’ll want is a stressful time trying to book your trip there – which is why easyJet holidays is dedicated to making your whole getaway experience as hassle-free as possible. Choose your flights and hotel at the same time and you’ll be free to explore all this charming fishing village has to offer.
If you want to see what else is going on around the southwest of Turkey, make sure you browse through our other Bodrum area guides – there’s sure to be something to catch your eye, whatever kind of holiday you’re looking for.