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Gumusluk, a Traditional Fishing Village

Gumusluk is a traditional fishing village on the Bodrum peninsula in the south west end of the Aegean part

From the Turkish Riviera Magazine

Gumusluk is a traditional fishing village on the Bodrum peninsula in the south west end of the Aegean part in the Turkish riviera. Bodrum or the ancient city of Halicarnassus of Caria is a well known center of tourism and yachting. Bodrum peninsula is also well known for the lovely bays and coves with the suitable and very clean waters for sailing and swimming.

Gumusluk, some 25 km away of Bodrum is a peaceful village to relax and is also a place offering opportunities for walking.  The shore-line of the village have sandy beaches and plenty of fish restaurants to make your holiday a memorable one.

To reach Gumusluk you can take a mini bus, dolmus in Turkish, from Bodrum and it takes about 50 minutes to get to Gumusluk. If you have your own car or if you have chosen to rent a car, it is a 40 minutes drive from Bodrum. Drive towards Turgutreis and turn into Derekoy road to the right after you pass Gurece roundabout. The road will take you to Gumusluk..

On a hot summer day, Gumusluk Bay, an ancient fishing port called Yali by the locals, is an oasis for those who are looking for a place to catch a cool breeze. You should definitely reward yourself with a day at Gumusluk Bay if you happen to have your holidays anywhere on the Bodrum peninsula.

You can have your morning tea or coffee with a piece of fresh baked pastry on some of the seaside cafes enjoying the stunning views of Gumusluk Bay to distant islands. You can explore the nearby tiny Rabbit Island which you can access by foot walking through the sea and history along an ancient causeway, enjoying the sun, and refreshing yourself in the crystal clear sea. 

Alternatively you can have your lunch at some restaurant and swim on the sandy beach. Later in the day you can have your dinner watching the sunset over the sea and the nearby islands fading in the darkness while sipping your drink in some restaurant on the shore-line.  In addition to the seafood restaurants, cafes, there are local shops where you can buy your daily necessities, many gift shops, and two car parks.

On the holiday season there are plenty of daily tour boats, gullets, sailboats, motor yachts that grace the port, but after the high season those are rarely seen and fishing boats take their place in Gumusluk Bay. During the fishing season, local fishermen sell their catch, fish, octopus, squid, to fish restaurants and customers directly on the quay. The seaside cafe at that time is mostly populated by locals, all year residents, and fishermen mending nets and baiting their hooks to prepare for another catch. So if you happen to be there out of the crowded season you can have the privilege to be part of this unique atmosphere of a typical Aegean fishing village combining tranquility with history.

On Wednesdays, you can shop fresh fruit and vegetables in the open market bazaar which is located in a street on the right hand side from Gumusluk village towards Gumusluk Bay. You can easily spot the entrance by the crowd at the beginning of the street on that day.

If you want to feel history under your feet you should visit the Rabbit island, which separates the two beaches of Gumusluk. The island is accessible by a partially antique sunken causeway, which was built during the hellenistic period.

Once upon a time the Rabbit island was a place which was visited by the King of Halicarnassus Mausolus and his beloved lady Artemisya. He had the causeway built in order to have access to the Rabbit Island to feed the rabbits living on this small island and watch the famous and unique sunset with his beloved Lady. However it is a pity that today there are no rabbits living on the island. 

It is possible to walk to the island through the water since it is only knee-deep. You can climb up to the top of the island, take photos of the beautiful surroundings, sunbathe or dive into the clear blue waters of Gumusluk from the rock formations and swim above the ruins near the island. 

In summary one can say "There is no best time of the year to visit Gumusluk Bay".

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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