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Gunluklu Bay and Beach, Fethiye

The botanical name of Gunluk trees is Liquidambar Orientalis and are known for their fragrant gum resin

From the Turkish Riviera Magazine

The real wealth of Fethiye as a summer travel haven is its scenic charm. The sea, mountains and islands come together in an awesome magnificence. The natural vistas of Fethiye alone can lend a special meaning to your summer travel. The sea is a stunning sight at the Sovalye Island and the prominent beaches of Fethiye. The most popular natural attractions include Belcegiz, Oludeniz, Kidril Park, Gemiler Islands, Koturumsu, Katranci Bay, Gunluklu Bay, Oyuktepe, Gocek, Patara and many other beaches. 

Gunluklu bay is a natural wonder, being 19 kms away to Fethiye on the road to Gocek where an alley branches off to the left which after one km ends up at Gunluklu Bay Anchorage. The anchorage is covered by different and aromatic aqueous amber (styrax) trees. Their branches and leaves in summer are so thick that one cannot see the sky easily. The place is an ideal camping site for the summer which you can reach either by car or sail. 

The bay is protected from winds on both sides so the amber trees also called Sigla or Gunluk trees grow here easily and in abundance, and this is how the bay was named after. The botanical name of Gunluk trees is Liquidambar Orientalis. They are known as cure for many health problems and are very famous for their fragrant gum resin which is used as incense resin in religious rites, perfumery, and embalming.  The trees can grow up to 25-40 m in height and they have a wide top end. At first sight someone can think they are plane trees. As they get older the bark gets darker and deep cracks form on it. This subfamily of trees grow only in this region and the nearby Rhodes island in Greece.

Gunluklu bay is operated as a camping ground by the Department of National Parks and so it is very adequate to put up tent and camp for the evening. Moreover, a boutique holiday village made up of chalets has been buit very recently on the side of the bay. I have not seen the hotel yet but they say it did not harm the nature and beauty of the bay. I hope it is so as they claim.

Günlüklü Bay is a place preferred by many local people, especially during the weekend, who come here to picnic and swim in the lovely beach. So on weekend there may be plenty of nise and smoke from fire places. For those who don't like such crowded places many quiet and peaceful inlets can be found around the bay. Alternatively you can visit the place on working days.

Some of the other natural attractions around Gunluklu bay are Katranci Bay, Oyuktepe coves and Göcek village with its harbour and marina. On the main road towards the Göcek village there is also a natural spring where you can feel your water bottles.



More Stories By Vasil Kadifeli

Vasil Kadifeli is a retired computer applications development programmer and manager who has worked for some of the largest banks in the Turkish financial sector. Currently he is engaged in traveling, painting, music, and cooking, in short he is trying to enjoy his life. He has visited many of the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, and almost all parts of the Turkish Riviera, or the Turquoise Coast as it is also called. These are his favorite places to be. He is also a fanatic of Ulitzer and believes Ulitzer will be the number one content management website in the world.

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